In 1994, a Hospice Georgina steering committee was formed with the help of the Palliative Care Services of York Region (PCSYR) and CHATS who put out a call for help from the local community.
Patti Simpson, Sheila Porte, Joan Fahey, Thelma Sellers and Janet Big Canoe responded because they understood the need for services, especially for women and Georgina Island residents. Volunteers began to join and a small board formed to look at what could be done.
PCSYR provided a training program in Georgina to establish a group of visiting palliative volunteers. Clients appeared both on the Island and on the mainland, and Hospice Georgina began its journey. In 1996 the first bereavement group was started.
In 1997, we were incorporated as a charitable not for profit organization with Patti Simpson appointed Executive Director and over 20 families being served.
In 1998 ongoing partial funding was acquired from United Way and the Palcare Network. During this year a formal partnership was formed with the Chippewas of Georgina Island to expand services there.
In 1999, the growing agency under the leadership of Sue Williams, moved to the former Prudential building at High and Dalton Rd.
The Memory Tree and Labyrinth in the Peace Garden at the Georgina Civic centre was started in 2001.
2003 - 2017
In November 2017, Hospice Georgina moved their office and operations to The Link, Georgina’s community hub, located at 20849 Dalton Road in Sutton. This fulfilled Hospice Georgina’s long-range strategic goal to move to the hub. It is completely AODA-compliant and provides a space easily accessed by the community. The office was renovated to Hospice Georgina’s specifications. Costs were supported by a grant from the Georgina Community Health Care Council, a loan from South Lake Futures Community Development Corporation, fundraising by the Keswick and Sutton branches of Scotia Bank, and community donations. The new office and shared hub space pave the way for an expansion of services and better support for clients and their families.