DDSB Donates Medical Supplies to Lakeridge Health

Posted On Friday April 03, 2020

Over 158,000 PPE items donated

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) has made a donation to help support Lakeridge Health’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Searching high and low across our 133 schools and learning centres, DDSB Facilities Services staff collected over 14,000 N95 masks, 141,000 pairs of gloves, 150 face shields, nearly 1,700 sets of goggles and other much-needed pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) items.

“We appreciate all those who are serving to ensure that our community has access to essential services. The team at the DDSB was happy to assist with the medical community, and I am grateful to staff for their effort in making this donation possible,” said Norah Marsh, Acting Director of Education at the DDSB.

 After stockpiling the PPE at the DDSB Maintenance Centre, a grand total of eight skids of materials were transported to a donation depot in Whitby, set up by Lakeridge Health. 

“This is a difficult time for many in our community and it is up to all of us to come together and do what we can to help our frontline medical staff. I am beyond proud to be part of a Board that is supporting our frontline health care workers who are keeping our community safe and healthy every day,” said Chris Braney, Chair of the DDSB and Pickering Trustee.

 “Thank you on behalf of the frontline team working tirelessly to care for patients; the Lakeridge Health community is incredibly grateful for this generous gift,” said Susan deRyk, Interim President and CEO, Lakeridge Health. “This donation will help protect our team during this pandemic as they focus on providing excellent care to people across the region who require hospital care and treatment. This wonderful gift is another example of the unwavering support for those providing health care to our families, friends and neighbours throughout Durham Region.”

 The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The DDSB employs 6,900 teaching and educational services staff. With 133 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the DDSB accommodates more than 70,000 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. More information can be found on the DDSB’s website at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB, Instagram @durhamschools and YouTube at DurhamDSB.