Our History


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 - Present

The office was moved to its present riverfront location in the Nasello Professional Building, 152 High Street in Sutton in May of 2003, with the Sutton Kinettes adding a beautiful gazebo for quiet reflection in June. Countless volunteers and board members have continued to support Hospice Georgina and we thank each of them for their countless hours of volunteer work.