Peter and Shelagh Godsoe
“CAMH’s role in society is essential and necessary. Our family is very proud and pleased to be a part of this hospital.”
On December 9, 2010, Peter and Shelagh Godsoe saw 40 White Squirrel Way named in their honour at a special ceremony attended by CAMH staff and clients, as well as members of both the Hospital and Foundation Boards of Directors. The naming was in recognition of their donation to the hospital.
Peter is the former President, Chairman and CEO of Bank of Nova Scotia; Shelagh is an active philanthropist who has served on many not-for-profit boards, including a current position on CAMH Foundation Board.
The Godsoes generously gave $2 million to support CAMH’s Child, Youth and Family Program. Speaking at the dedication ceremony, Christina Bartha, Administrative Director of this program described the impact of their gift: “The Godsoes support will help us achieve our 2012 vision to expand the Child, Youth and Family program – including the new 12-bed specialized inpatient unit for youth with concurrent disorders. We’re very appreciative of their support and look forward to sharing with them the successful launch of these services in the future.”
Realizing the importance of having individuals and families publicly show their support for CAMH, the Godsoes agreed to the naming of 40 White Squirrel Way. “We’re celebrating two gifts from the Godsoes,” says Darrell Gregersen, President and CEO of CAMH Foundation. “The first is the financial gift to support our youth and family programs and the second is their gift to allow us to publicly recognize their leadership on a building.”
The Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Building is the third CAMH building to be named. It signifies a public demonstration of support that challenges the stigma around mental illness and addiction. The Godsoe’s gift brings CAMH’s $100 million Transforming Lives campaign to $92.1 million raised.
For the Godsoes, the reason for their support is simple: “CAMH’s role in society is essential and necessary. Our family is very proud and pleased to be a part of this hospital,” says Shelagh Godsoe.
Learn more about CAMH's Child, Youth and Family Program.