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Despite an uncertain weather forecast, the Research Institute’s 2nd annual Midsummer Mixer event drew a big crowd as the overcast sky opened up to the summer sun during the event’s 3 hour duration on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

“The weather was beautiful – sun and clouds with a warm summer breeze,” noted Laura Garrick, Contracts, Events, and Awards Coordinator for the Research Institute. “We were prepared for the chance of a little rain on Thursday, and luckily it held off until well after the event had ended.”

Melissa Farrell, SJHH President, plays a game of Up 4 It with Samantha Tibshirani, Research Finance & Contracts Officer.

This year’s Midsummer Mixer welcomed the St. Joe’s community – staff, researchers, students, patients and their families – to the Charlton campus Spiritual Garden for some fun in the sun. Frozen treats were given out to attendees, and an assortment of games was available for guests to enjoy in the midday sun along with some summer tunes. The event was a way of saying thank you for the continuing support of research from the St. Joe’s community over the last 5 years, since the inception of the Research Institute in 2014.

Over 450 guests attended the event, and many brought back frozen treats for their colleagues who were engaged in clinical care and unable to attend.

A number of St. Joe’s leaders came out to the event to enjoy the sunshine, mingle with staff and patients, and play some fun games. Dr. Tom Stewart (SJHS President & CEO), Melissa Farrell (SJHH President), Dr. Jack Gauldie (Vice President, Research), and Adriaan Korstanje (Chair, Joint Boards of Governors) were among some of the senior leaders who attended the Midsummer Mixer.

Dr. Tom Stewart, using his training as a critical care physician, on the Top Doc game.

Similar to the inaugural Midsummer Mixer in 2018, the Research Institute brought in oversized novelty games, including the Operation-inspired “Top Doc,” the Jenga-like “Tumble Tower,” and a jumbo version of Connect4 called “Up 4 It.” This year’s additions included board games to complement their larger cousins, with selections such as Operation and Connect4. There were also new additions of table tennis, Uno, and many others. As the event went on, a jigsaw puzzle was progressively solved by Midsummer Mixer guests.

Competitors of the Tumble Tower drew big crowds as the day went on, with last year’s record of 21 layers being surpassed by an impressive 22-layer tower. Spectators cheered as the tower grew, brick by brick. On the opposite side of the Spiritual Garden, spectators watching participants of the Top Doc game gasped in disbelief as one player effortlessly removed the hardest game piece in one swift motion.

Guests were invited to take some Research swag with them to represent their favourite research pillar. Program buttons, Research Institute stickers, brochures, copies of the annual report, and other items were made available to guests. The Research Institute team also sported clothing from the line of branded apparel, which is available to purchase.

The Research Institute at Midsummer Mixer 2019, sporting branded polos and t-shirts.

The Research Institute would like to thank everyone who attended the 2019 Midsummer Mixer. Remember to save the date for this year’s Celebrate Research – October 24, 2019.

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