Couple donates $1M for neuro research


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AUTISM and dementia have touched the family of former Sen. Douglas Everett and his wife, Patricia.

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AUTISM and dementia have touched the family of former Sen. Douglas Everett and his wife, Patricia.

Now, the couple has decided to help future generations who face neurodegenerative disorders.

Today, the couple will donate $1 million to the St. Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation to create The Honourable Douglas and Patricia Everett and Royal Canadian Properties Limited Endowment Fund.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Sen. Douglas Everett and his wife, Patricia are giving $1 million to St. Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation.

The interest generated by the money will be used in perpetuity to support the research work at the Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders at the hospital.

"With medical science and research they have extended peoples’ lives," Douglas Everett said Wednesday. "We have extended lives and done wonders with the physical aspect of people, but we have fallen short on the mental side of life.

"Living a long time, but not being able to partake in life is not what we want. We want people to have a meaningful life."

Everett said the donations is all the more meaningful because his family has been touched personally by two neurodegenerative disorders, a grandson with autism and a sister-in-law with dementia.

Aidan O’Brien, the foundation’s chairman, said the money will be used to help the work of the division, where research into alzheimer’s and autism, as well as Parkinson’s, diabetes, epilepsy, and strokes is taking place.

"We are absolutely thrilled and delighted with the generosity of the Everett family," O’Brien said. He said the hospital has named the atrium at the front entrance the Everett Atrium.

Everett’s father, Horace, the founder of Dominion Motors, was chairman of the hospital’s advisory board from 1949 to 1955, when it had its first expansion.

Douglas Everett, who served as a senator from 1966 to 1994, founded Domo gasoline stations using the first letters of his father’s company.

Stuart Murray, the current executive director of the foundation, is Everett’s son-in-law.


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