Carl Morris has a special connection that made him decide to include Baycrest in his will, and it spans almost five decades.
These days, he comes to Baycrest for medical appointments and to volunteer for brain health research. But his affection for the organization dates back to 1969 when he found work as a plumber at Baycrest, and he was mentored and encouraged by the chief executive, Sam Ruth.
“I never met anyone like Mr. Ruth – just such an easy-going person. He just made you feel so comfortable, and his door was always open. He was like a father, a friend, everything in one package,” said Morris.
At the time, Ruth suggested that Morris – a union steward – serve as Chair for labour-management meetings. When the union offered Morris a temporary job, Ruth gave him a leave of absence to accept the “chance of a lifetime,” which included training in the United States and led to a successful career in labour negotiations.
Morris describes Baycrest as a wonderful place for anyone to work or receive care.
He has included Baycrest in his will because – as an outpatient, volunteer and a former employee – he knows his gift will improve quality of life for older adults and give research a boost to improve brain health and aging for people in the future.
“Now I am a retired person, 84 years old, it is a pleasure to be a member of the Sam Ruth Legacy Society,” he said.