Sharon Baker has family ties to Baycrest that go back a long way. Her maternal grandmother was one of the first patients at the Baycrest hospital in the 1950s after the Toronto Jewish Old Folks Home moved to Bathurst Street. Half a century later, Sharon’s mother Sophie attended the Community Day Centre when she was in her 80s.
“She loved it,” Sharon recalls. “She was losing her eyesight and it made her feel human again. She got out and mixed with people.” On her father’s side, there is a connection as well. Sid Baker and his six siblings donated furniture to the Jewish Home for the Aged in the late 1960s in memory of their parents, Morris and Fanny Baker.
After her own parents passed away, Sharon and her husband Jeffrey Plener honoured them by setting up the Sid and Sophie Baker Endowment Fund. Through this fund and by thoughtfully adding Baycrest to her will, the family will continue to make an impact in the years ahead on care, research, education and innovation related to brain health and aging.
“It’s all about my appreciation for the organization and wanting to help it succeed in the future,” Sharon said.
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