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Ontario Hansard - 24-November2021

Mr. Rudy Cuzzetto: Last month, I had the privilege to join the Premier and Mayor Hazel McCallion to announce a significant donation from Kristina and Anna-Maria Kaneff and their family to the Trillium Health Partners to help support the redevelopment and the expansion of the Mississauga Hospital. This donation honours and builds on the great legacy of their father, Dr. Ignat Kaneff, and they made the announcement on his 95th birthday.

When Dr. Kaneff came to Canada as a young immigrant from Bulgaria in 1951, he had no family, no friends, and spoke very little English. He spent his only $5 dollars to take a taxi from Union Station to Mississauga, where he learned a trade, went to work in construction and built homes for other new Canadians in Mississauga–Lakeshore. In 1955, only four years after he arrived to Canada, Dr. Kaneff pledged against his future earnings to give $2,000 to support the construction of the first Mississauga Hospital, where I was born and my two sons were born. This was the largest gift by an individual at the time, 20 times higher than the second-largest donation, and it was only the first of many.

As his daughter Kristina said, “Our father embodied the spirit of giving throughout his life.” In my member’s statement last year, I said that Dr. Kaneff’s legacy and his Ontario spirit would live on, and it does, in his daughters.

I would ask all members to please join me in recognizing the entire Kaneff family for their incredible generosity and their support for the Mississauga Hospital.


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