St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Presented with “One Bench One Tree” in Recognition of Frontline Workers

Published On: September 30, 2021

(St. Thomas, ON) St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is proud to be the third hospital in Canada presented with a gift to celebrate and thank frontline workers for their sacrifice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

One Bench One Tree is a grassroots project with a goal of adding at least one bench and one tree to the landscape of hospitals across Canada to thank the workers who put their lives at risk to keep our communities safe during the pandemic.

“On behalf of our frontline teams, I am truly humbled to receive this gift,” says Karen Davies, President and CEO at STEGH. “The outpouring of support from the community over the past year and a half has been incredible. It’s been crucial to keeping our teams going under such difficult circumstances.”

Because of the vision of One Bench One Tree, and the generosity of local donations, STEGH has a beautiful stone bench situated under a maple tree for staff to visit and enjoy a few moments of rest in their day. The bench and tree are located at the South entrance of the hospital, next to the gazebo.

Special thanks to the local organizations who rallied together, made donations, and dedicated their time to make this project a success: Kettle Creek Landscaping, Beamish Landscaping, Canadale Nurseries, Silverthorn Landscape Supplies, Bob Allen Horticultural Services, Landscape Ontario, and the University of Guelph School of Landscape Architecture.