By Heather Vita
THUNDER BAY – LIVING – Having been in business for over 100 years, Dominion Motors is one of Thunder Bay’s most-firmly established dealerships. Current owners Stacy and Tyler Dolcetti know its success comes from the support of the community throughout its long history.
That’s why, when they were given the opportunity to lead the dealership approximately ten years ago, they knew they wanted to enhance the culture of participation and philanthropic giving; a philosophy that makes them extremely proud.
In the past 10 years, they’ve given $2.2M to organizations in Thunder Bay, with a great portion of that support for the Boys and Girls Club. This year they’ve come on board as a sponsor for the Resolute Save a Heart Ball; a gala event to be held Saturday, October 22 with funds raised going to the Northern Cardiac Fund to support world-class cardiac care services at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
Stacy says, “We’ve always been supporters of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and our sponsorship of this year’s Ball is exciting because we can envision how expanding our cardiac care services will be a tremendous boost for our community. The reality is that heart disease and heart-related issues have touched the lives of each one of us. The need to have procedures done close to home with the love and support of family and friends, not only will reduce the financial burden, but enhance the quality of care and advance the recovery for anyone affected by heart issues.”
Adds Stacy, “Tyler and I have a strong commitment when it comes to giving back because we know our support is instrumental in improving the life and health of many individuals. The responsibility of giving back is a culture we have encouraged in our employees and you will very often see our employees volunteering at various events and giving generously to different organizations. We are excited to lend our support to the Ball and know our employees and customers will be equally as supportive, given the critical nature of this cause.”
Critical is no misnomer. Northwestern Ontario has the unfortunate honour of having the the highest rate of heart disease in Canada. Often, procedures required to treat patients are extremely time-sensitive. That’s why the addition of 24/7 angioplasty to Thunder Bay has been so important and has given many patients what they would term, ‘a second chance’. Now, with a future of cardiovascular surgery on the horizon, even more patients will have life-saving procedures available here at home. Support from local organizations, such as Dominion Motors, ensures we have the funds available to purchase the health care equipment that’s required for these specialized procedures; the ones that keep our family members living with us.
“It takes a village,” concludes Stacy, “and none of us could do this alone. When we work together, when organizations all step up together, that’s when we can accomplish great things. Our community deserves world-class cardiac care and we’re proud to do our part to ensure that’s the reality.”