The importance of giving back was always a standard in the Noria house. From early days as newlyweds in India to moving to Canada and raising two children, Dr. Dhun Noria and her husband, Farokh, have always extended their good fortune to family, friends, friends of friends and even strangers.
“Even during hard or lean times, mom and dad always gave what they could,” says their son, Zubin Noria. “They always acted because they saw the value in helping others, which they learned from their parents and which my sister and I learned from them. They always led by example.”
Once again, Dhun and Farokh led by example and gave back to their hospital and community with a $1 million donation to The Scarborough Hospital Foundation. The cheque was presented at a special reception hosted by the Foundation on Monday, March 17.
About 20 years ago, Dr. Noria battled breast cancer and found herself transformed from, “health care provider to consumer, physician to patient.” She experienced first-hand the rigors of navigating the health care system and how the support from health professionals made all the difference.
“The cancer returned for a second time, but with tremendous support from family, hospital staff and physicians, I made it back,” she says. “For this reason and for the thousands who battle cancer, my family and I, humbly make this donation.”
Dr. Noria has been with The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) since 1983, two years before the Birchmount campus – her home campus – was built. Her husband remembers how members of the Salvation Army sat in their kitchen discussing hospital plans, he remembers the hole in the ground, he remembers the day the hospital opened its doors, and he remembers his wife – Dr. Noria – being there, every step of the way.
“This hospital holds a special place in our hearts, so what a better place to donate than TSH,” says Farokh.
Dhun and Farokh’s daughter, Dr. Sabrena Noria, adds that, “Giving back is not only expected, but a privilege. We hope that today will act as a springboard for others to get involved.”
In honour of the Noria’s generous donation, the laboratories at both campuses have been dedicated to the family and named the Farokh and Dhun Noria Laboratory.
“This was an honour that was all ours,” says Michael Mazza, President of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation. “The Norias have been outstanding advocates for this hospital and for Scarborough, and we are so thankful that Dr. Noria has chosen TSH to share her passion, her work and, today, this very generous donation from the whole family.”
Dr. Noria is also the recipient of this year’s Scarborough World Gala Lifetime Achievement Award for her for her significant contributions to TSH and the community as a physician, a philanthropist, and a community leader. The gala will take place on Saturday, May 10 at the Sheraton Centre, and aims to raise $2 million with all proceeds designated for the Cancer Care Program. Visit the website for more details.