February 25, 2022
LOFT Community Services (LOFT) is very proud to announce that its CEO Heather McDonald has received the National 2022 Changemakers Award, provided by Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine.
Changemakers is an editorial award program produced by Report on Business Magazine at The Globe and Mail. Its intent is to showcase the emerging leaders transforming business today.
Heather McDonald is one of the 50 winners of the award. A leader in the health care industry, Heather’s vision has helped expand the delivery of community health programs across Toronto, York Region, and South Simcoe.
McDonald has compassionately led LOFT through the pandemic. Her focus on the common goal and constantly listening to creative solutions galvanized our team in our fight against COVID-19. It was vital to protect our clients who were most at risk. Fostering an entrepreneurial spirit amongst her team, her leadership also helped us prepare for the challenges of LOFT’s 163% growth since 2018.
Fueled by the pandemic, LOFT also significantly expanded its transitional housing programs in a quick, agile and responsive manner. This initiative helped free up much-needed hospital beds and support the reintegration of people living with mental health challenges back into the community.
The Globe and Mail received nominations for the Changemakers award in the fall of 2021. Winners were selected by The Globe and Mail’s editorial team for their ideas, accomplishments and impact, as determined by their nominations, subsequent interviews and reference checks.
“The world is facing more challenges than ever before – climate change, racial discrimination, income inequality, not to mention the pandemic,” says Dawn Calleja, editor of Report on Business magazine. “So it’s heartening to meet this year’s crop of 50 Changemakers, who are searching for solutions to many of these problems and offering some inspiration.”
Editorial coverage of all 2022 Changemakers can be found in the March 2022 issue of Report on Business magazine, distributed with The Globe and Mail on Saturday, February 26th, and online now at tgam.ca/Changemakers.
About The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail is Canada’s foremost news media company, leading the national discussion and causing policy change through brave and independent journalism since 1844. With our award-winning coverage of business, politics and national affairs, The Globe and Mail newspaper reaches 6.3 million readers every week in our print or digital formats, and Report on Business magazine reaches 2.3 million readers in print and digital every issue. Our investment in innovative data science means that as the world continues to change, so does The Globe. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family.
About LOFT Community Services
LOFT Community Services provides support and hope to people facing the most complex combinations of mental and physical health challenges, addictions, dementia and/or homelessness. We offer a wide range of community-based services, specialized programs for at-risk and equity-deserving individuals, 1,733 supportive housing units and an extensive street outreach program. Our goal is to help our clients live independently at home or with us. For more information, please follow @LOFTCS on Twitter.
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LOFT Media Relations