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The Royal Victoria Hospital Expansion for the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Treatment Centre
In March 2009 the Royal Victoria Hospital began phase 1 of its expansion which was to include the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Treatment Centre. While there were a lot of dreams associated with this expansion, few were as unique as the dream of Bernard Schimmel.
Having personally undergone emergency treatment and full recovery at the RVH for carbon monoxide poisoning, a heart attack and prostate cancer, Bernard understands first hand, the importance that the centre has to individuals in need, including friends, families and other communities in the area.
Photo caption: The maple trees before they were cut down to make room for the new centre.
RVH Construction, Cheeseboards and Bernard Schimmel
As the land was being prepped for construction, Bernard had a unique idea that literally started from the ground up. There were a grouping of trees that was about to be taken down and discarded as firewood.
Because of their historical value and symbolically to give them a second life, in much the same way RVH has done for him, he was granted exclusive permission to take the trees from the exact location that the new building sits on, in order that he may personally begin transforming the wood into unique maple cheeseboards. With tools of the trade in one hand and the corporate backed Royal Victoria Hospital Logo in the other, one of a kind Cheeseboards, all with their own individualized character, went into production.
Photo caption: The first tree cut and ready to be transported for production.
How Jeff Walters Supports the RVH Cheeseboard Project
What better way is there to support the RVH Cancer Treatment Centre than to raise money from the ground that the new building sits on? Jeff Walters Diamonds has always jumped at the chance to support the RVH over the years. “Each board will have the RVH Logo embossed on the underside to demonstrate its authenticity and will be numbered by the artist Bernard Schimmel himself.” The cheese boards will be display in Marcia’s Boutique, a new room created last year at Jeff Walters Diamonds, in honor of Jeff’s Mom who died of Cancer in April 2011.
Photo caption: A few of the trees after they have been cut into boards.
RVH Cheeseboard's and Marcia's Boutique
Marcia’s Boutique was designed by Jeff and his mom as a fabulous place to purchase giftware and table top items (Kosta Boda, Nambe) along with reasonably priced jewellery items (Chamilia, Foxy, Chisle, Debbie Brooks), for brides, brides maids and grooms alike. The proceeds of Marcia’s Boutique go towards the foundation to support a patient room, purchased in honor of his mom Marcia Walters. The Cheeseboards/Presentation boards are available in Marcia’s Boutique, and100% of the proceeds will be donated to the RVH Cancer Treatment Centre! But remember there were only 50 made in total as supplies are limited!
Photo caption: How great do these boards look?