Seiling tribute raises $60,000
Former regional chair Ken Seiling last week presented a cheque for $60,000 to the Hospice of Waterloo Region, the funds coming from a tribute dinner held in his honour.
The October event celebrated Seiling’s retirement after more than 40 years in public life.
The funds will help support the construction of a new palliative care centre and residential hospice in north Waterloo. Construction on the facility, to be called The Gies Family Centre, Hospice of Waterloo Region, is now underway, having received financial aid from all levels of government and the community.
The new centre will serve as a hub for palliative services in the region. In addition to a 10-bed hospice residence, it will include a medical clinic, program areas for clients and families, administrative offices, and counselling spaces. It’s the first of its kind in the region.
“I believe that the programs and services provided by Hospice of Waterloo Region are necessary and important in strengthening our community,” said Seiling in a statement following the December 12 presentation.