Seil­ing trib­ute raises $60,000

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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