At 93, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation donor Stan Mazur is passionate about healthy living. It’s a passion that has driven his philanthropy since he started giving in 1988. Mazur, a retired trainer in the telecommunications industry, still exercises and watches what he eats. He likes what he hears about the health research conducted at the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) focusing on the potential health benefits of particular foods.
“I like that the people at St. Boniface don’t just research how to cure disease,” says Mazur. “They also study how to promote health through good eating habits.”
Aside from nearly three decades as a donor, the feisty and funny Mazur also shared his enthusiasm for the Hospital as a volunteer for 20 years. He retired recently due to an arthritic knee. For most of his tenure, Mazur’s role was to deliver food to cancer patients receiving treatment. “It was the greatest gig I ever had,” says Mazur, himself a cancer survivor. “I already miss the people.” “Whatever goodness I provided as a volunteer I got back in spades,” he adds. “If I came to the Hospital with any negativity, it was gone in no time when I started chatting with patients. I walked around smiling because of the people.” Stan Mazur shared his profound zest for life with countless patients over the years –and, as a donor, he continues to make St. Boniface Hospital a better place.