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Ontario Medical Review
November 02, 2020
Catherine Nanckoo

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of the Ontario Medical Review magazine.

Ontario Medical Foundation Virtual Gala raises funds to support physicians and medical students

by Catherine Nanckoo
Ontario Medical Foundation 

More than 200 guests attended the Ontario Medical Foundation’s first Virtual Gala on September 25th. The event raised $40,000 to help advance the OMF’s mission to support the charitable interests and activities of current and future members of Ontario’s medical profession and their communities. 

The gala was emceed by comedian Julie Kim – a two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee – and featured keynote talks by Canadian Olympic gold medallist Mark Tewksbury, and Canadian fitness experts Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod.

Dr. Paula Tchen with her child joins the OMF gala event via Zoom.
Congratulations to Best Picture contest winner, Dr. Paula Tchen

This special evening also included performances by the members of the acapella choir Voices Rock Medicine, as well as performances by Dan Julien and his band, and Sean Stanley with Kyle Tarder-Stoll.  

A compilation of thank you video messages was presented featuring recipients of Ontario Medical Foundation bursaries, and a silent auction and 50/50 draw were held during the event.  

The OMF would like to thank all participants, donors and sponsors for their support and for making the OMF Virtual Gala a successful and memorable evening.  

Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod expressing excitement at the virtual OMF gala.
Health and fitness experts Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod presented the evening’s second keynote address.

Thank You to Sponsors 

A special thanks to Presenting Sponsor, MD Financial Management. For the past 16 years, MD Financial Management has supported the OMF annual golf tournament and provided support to the OMF Virtual Gala. This year, MD Financial Management also contributed to the OMF COVID-19 Campaign toward the purchase of PPE for frontline physicians.  

We also thank our Platinum Sponsors – Ontario’s Anesthesiologists Section, Sun Life Financial, The Personal Insurance Company, New York Life Insurance Company and Campbell Moving Systems – and Gold Sponsors, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc., SuccessMap Consulting, GoldBlatt LLP Partners and FMAV.  

The Ontario Medical Foundation is a charitable organization established by the Ontario Medical Association in 1967. For more information, or to make a donation, visit the Ontario Medical Foundation website.

Members of the Voices Rock Medicine choir singing at the virtual OMF gala.
Members of the acapella choir Voices Rock Medicine performed “Brave” by Sarah Bareilles.


Dan Julien standing and singing with seated band members encircling him at the virtual OMF gala.
Dan Julien and band performed “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran.


Medical Students at the OMF virtual gala.
Medical students expressed their gratitude for receiving an Ontario Medical Foundation bursary.

Top image: Canadian comedian Julie Kim emceed the Ontario Medical Foundation (OMF) Virtual Gala. Canadian Olympic gold medallist Mark Tewksbury presented the evening’s first keynote address.