Name the Cranes Contest winner Sharlene Rennie poses with construction mascot LEGO Man in front of the three great cranes on campus
It was a contest too close to call until the very end. After a week of voting and a total of 255 votes, the winner of the Name the Cranes Contest goes to…drumroll…Sharlene Rennie for her entry of Wychwood, Phoenix and Thunderbird.
“How exciting! This was such a fun contest, researching some of the history of West Park to come up with my name selections,” says Rennie, a West Park Executive Assistant.
Along with bragging rights, Rennie receives a West Park prize pack, $50 gift card of her choice from Pharmasave, and the names of the cranes displayed on a large mural that will be installed under the covered hoarding (fencing) on Buttonwood Ave.
Over the warm months, three cranes arrived on campus to help build West Park’s new hospital. To spark fun, West Park launched the Name the Cranes Contest whereby staff, patients, volunteers and community members submitted three crane names and the significance behind their choices. A committee — consisting of a patient, volunteer and frontline healthcare worker and EllisDon representative— shortlisted the entries based on creativity, meaning and alignment with West Park’s values.
The four finalists were announced and the West Park and wider community had one week to vote for their favourite names.
What's in a name?
The winning crane names are a nod to West Park’s long history.
“It was like researching a family tree,” says Rennie. “Every time I found something it took me down a rabbit hole and into another piece of West Park's history.”
Her first selection of Wychwood recognizes philanthropist and West Park’s founder, Sir William Gage, who lived at 82 Wychwood Park in Toronto’s Davenport Road and Bathurst Street area. Rennie notes the peculiar coincidence that West Park’s address also contains the number 82.
For her second choice, Rennie chose “Phoenix,” a mythological bird that cyclically regenerates and obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The name recognizes the great fire of December 1, 1920 that destroyed several buildings on the West Park grounds. Following the fire, West Park was born again, much like a phoenix, from the ashes and continued to help patients rise above to “Get Their Life Back.”
Her third choice honours Coast Tsimshian Elder, Shannon Thunderbird, who presided the Tree and Land Blessing Ceremony in 2018 as West Park prepared for the new hospital construction. Thunderbird reminded attendees that West Park’s land has been devoted to healing for more than 100 years and it will continue to do so after construction.
West Park would once again like to thank the more than 65 individuals who contributed to the 127 entries, and all the people who voted.
We would like to acknowledge the runners-up in the contest for their thoughtful submission:
- Birch, Pine and Oak submitted by Lauren Pedersen from Prosthetics and Orthotics
These tree names pay homage to what differentiates West Park from other hospitals — our park-like setting of the past and what will be after the new hospital is built in the future.
- Determined, Hopeful and Strong submitted by Martha Buchanan from the West Park Foundation
These words amplify West Park Foundation’s $80 million Get Your Life Back Campaign. The words are a source of inspiration to patients, staff, donors and the community. Every day we are: Determined, Hopeful and Strong.
- Gage, Dobbie and Dickson submitted by Susan MacDonald from Campus Development
Philanthropist Sir William Gage is the founder of West Park, known as the Toronto Free Hospital for Consumptive Poor in 1904. Dr. W.J. Dobbie was the medical director from 1905-1939. E. MacPherson Dickson was the Lady Superintendent and Director of Nursing from 1906-1934. Together, the Dobbie and Dickson partnership enabled the hospital to achieve greatness.
That’s a wrap for the Name the Cranes Contest! If you have any fun ideas that would engage patients, staff and the community during construction, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.