Vaughan, ON (January 10, 2020) – On Friday morning, Hospice Vaughan held its 2020 New Year’s Levee celebration. Local MPP’s along with municipal and federal officials, and Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, Indira Monteiro, stopped by to officially congratulate Hospice Vaughan on receiving two OTF grants in 2019, which when combined come to a total of $147,400.

In the summer of 2019, Hospice Vaughan received a $75,000 Seed grant to conduct a feasibility study around the establishment of a hospice palliative community hub in Vaughan. The second OTF grant was a $72,400 Capital grant that was awarded in November to build a gazebo, buy technical equipment, new chairs and art supplies for its new, state-of-the-art residential facility which is scheduled to open in 2020.

“I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Hospice Vaughan on being awarded the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s highly-competitive Capital and Seed grants.  It is always great to see the amazing work that Hospice Vaughan does each and every day for our community. With these grants, Hospice Vaughan will bring a much-anticipated expansion to their programs and services, and will ensure that more individuals facing a life-limiting illness, and their families, have a chance to take part in their amazing programs. On behalf of the government of Ontario, I thank all of the staff at Hospice Vaughan for their incredible dedication to providing high-quality hospice care in the heart of our community. Congratulations!”

Michael Tibollo

MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge

“The residents of Thornhill, Vaughan, and York Region deserve compassionate end-of-life care.  These grants will help Hospice Vaughan continue to offer the quality support families need.”

Gila Martow

MPP, Thornhill

“We are proud to support Hospice Vaughan who provides compassionate end-of-life care to individuals and their families. We are marking this new year with new investment that will support Hospice Vaughan and give hope to many residents who need it most. In partnership with the community, our government is building the 10-bed Hospice Vaughan Palliative Care Centre of Excellence, which will also be opened this year.”

Hon. Stephen Lecce

MPP, King-Vaughan

“The Seed grant will give us an opportunity to establish evidence and learn about the complex health service needs, gaps and barriers with respect to experiencing health challenges, ageing, caregiving and loss, while the Capital grant will enable Hospice Vaughan to serve an additional 200 end-of-life clients.”

Belinda Marchese

Executive Director, Hospice Vaughan

About Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF):

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

About Hospice Vaughan:

Since 1995, Hospice Vaughan, a not-for-profit organization, has been providing compassionate support to individuals facing a life-limiting illness, their caregivers or those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. We provide various programs and services that include in-home visiting volunteers, a day program, grief and bereavement support, counselling and wellness services and children’s support. Our services extend out to caregivers, family members and friends who also need support through their loved one’s journey and through their grief. Hospice Vaughan is now under construction and will open the new, The Mario and Nick Cortellucci Hospice Palliative Care Centre of Excellence will also house the Pristine Homes Institute for Hospice Palliative Care; that will serve an additional 200 end-of-life individuals and impact the lives of over 1000 people. All our programs and services are offered free.

For more information contact:
Muthoni Kariuki, Manager, Development and Communication, Hospice Vaughan
905-850-6266 Ext. 202

After hours contact:
Belinda Marchese, Executive Director, Hospice Vaughan
M: (416) 254-2397