Toldo Health Education Centre
The generosity of Anthony P. Toldo has been recognized time and again by the province of Ontario and the more than 20 social service, cultural, health and educational organizations to which he has made a financial contribution.
Since the founding of his company in 1964, Toldo has become one of the most successful industrialists in the city's history. However, that success has been eclipsed by his generosity as a major benefactor of the health care sector.
The University of Windsor was honoured to have his name grace its new health education and learning facility.
The 66,000-square-foot Anthony P. Toldo Health Education Centre is home to the Faculty of Nursing and offers six state-of-the-art lecture theatres that accommodate 1,000 students. It also houses the Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network (SWOMEN), which brings medical interns from the University of Western Ontario to the Windsor area.
In 2003 at the SWOMEN launch, Premier Dalton McGuinty thanked Toldo for his vision and commitment. Toldo responded by calling on the province to look ahead to the creation of a medical school in Windsor. In January 2006, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced a medical campus will open in 2008/09 at the University of Windsor, to be operated in partnership with Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The satellite school will take on 24 first-year medical students.
“Medical education is important to us all," says Toldo. “And, I wanted a medical school for the next generation. It may never benefit me, but I felt it was important for me to advocate for, and I want to thank everyone who helped along the way.”