At a special ceremony held today at Vaughan City Hall, Hospice Vaughan, along with Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, Honorary Chair of Hospice Vaughan’s Capital Campaign unveiled the Cortellucci Family as the naming donor of its new Centre of Excellence 10-bed Residential Hospice facility. Mario and Nick Cortellucci have generously stepped forward with a $3 million donation towards the building of the new facility, which is currently under construction and expected to be open in 2019.

The new Facility will be called Hospice Vaughan – The Mario & Nick Cortellucci Hospice Palliative Care Centre of Excellence.

Local business leaders and philanthropists, Mario and Nick Cortellucci understand the need to bring compassionate care to individuals and families dealing with serious illness and grief and their support of Hospice Vaughan is a testament to their desire to give back to their community.

This landmark donation is the largest in the history of Hospice Vaughan, bringing the total raised through the “Better Ending” Capital Campaign to $10 million, out of a total target of $12 million. Located just north of Rutherford Road on Islington Ave., Hospice Vaughan – The Mario & Nick Cortellucci Hospice Palliative Care Centre of Excellence will include a 10-bed residential hospice, family support and bereavement services, and visiting hospice services; and will serve as a community hub that will support research, education and knowledge translation of palliative care best practices.


“On behalf of the Cortellucci family, we are pleased to have been given the opportunity to contribute to Hospice Vaughan and to help with the successful construction, completion and opening of the Hospice Vaughan – Mario & Nick Cortellucci Hospice Palliative Care Centre of Excellence. As a family, we are mindful of the important work that Hospice Vaughan provides to our community. Their care, love and understanding of people’s needs during sensitive and challenging times is a testament to their nurturing human spirit. The City of Vaughan is a great city with immense potential. A diverse community, with citizens who love their city. We are proud to call Vaughan our home. We would like to thank everyone involved in this project, as well, we would like to thank Mayor Bevilacqua for his leadership. Through his work and deeds, he inspires the spirit of generosity in all of us.”
-Mario and Nick Cortellucci

“Today, marks yet another special milestone for the citizens of Vaughan, front-line health professionals and the future of hospice palliative care delivery and service in our growing city. I want to thank Mario and Nick Cortellucci, and their families for their generosity and commitment to our community. I have known the Cortellucci family for 48 years and throughout these years, I have witnessed many acts of kindness and compassion for the greater good. It is this type of selfless giving which makes our community even stronger. I would like to also express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in this important, meaningful and community-building project. This $3 million donation is transformational to Hospice Vaughan. This new state-of-the-art facility will be home to advanced health services. It will also serve as a place of strength and support for family members who want the very best for their loved ones. Everyone deserves to rest with dignity and compassion during the last stage of life. Investing in healthcare is fundamental to city-building and it is important that we continue to invest in the care of our neighbours by providing a space that people can rely on in their time of need.”
-Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, Honouary Chair, Hospice Vaughan Capital Campaign

“The Cortellucci family’s vision and extraordinary gift for the naming of our new facility brings us so much closer to reaching our fundraising goal and will allow us to pursue our mission to transform palliative care and provide a better ending for Vaughan residents and their families. We are honoured to recognize their incredible generosity which will be a living legacy and support generations to come.”
-Belinda Marchese, Executive Director, Hospice Vaughan.

To review other capital donation opportunities or to discuss making a pledge contact Belinda Marchese at Hospice Vaughan, at 905-850-6266 x205.

ABOUT HOSPICE VAUGHAN: Since 1995, Hospice Vaughan, a not-for-profit organization, has been providing compassionate support to individuals facing a life-limiting illness or the loss of a loved one. We provide in-home visiting volunteers, a day program and grief and bereavement support. Our services extend out to caregivers, family members and friends who also need support in their time of need and grief. All our programs and services are free of charge for individuals of all ages.


Hospice Vaughan:
Cathy Diamond, Director of Communications Hospice Vaughan
T: 905-850-6266 Ext. 202
M: 416-559-6743

City of Vaughan:
Jill Priest, Corporate and Strategic Communications
T: 905-832-2281, ext. 8077 E:
M: 416-524-2326