In the Fall 2020 newsletter of Hospice Wellington, Executive Director Pat Stuart wrote this:
"Our 40th anniversary was not about a big celebration but rather a tribute to what we accomplish together. Thanks to people like Judith Tresidder who sat at community tables so long ago, daring to dream of this facility. I also thank Tracey Curtis, President of the Rotary Club of Guelph. This year marks her club’s 100 years of service in Guelph, one of their projects being the deep support of Hospice Wellington. This Rotary Club and all the Rotary Clubs in Guelph and Wellington have been steadfast friends to Hospice Wellington. We are so proud to have your motto of 'Service Above Self' at work here."
The photo shows Pat and Tracey outside the building on Scottsdale Drive.
Excerpt from the Rotary Club of Guelph's Centennial Book 2020:
The RCOG has been a huge supporter of Hospice Wellington since its inception in 1980. The support was in the form of financial contributions and volunteer time. Rotarians volunteered at the original facility on Speedvale Avenue and in driving clients to and from this facility. To help the organization's growth, the RCOG provided $250,000 generated through sales of the Gift of Wings book in the mid-1990s. This was later matched with another $250,000 from Dream Home revenues.
Over the years, individual Rotarians contributed significant funds and time on behalf of Hospice. Alan Whitworth, CEO of Guelph General Hospital, was a prominent Rotarian and founder of Hospice. Rotarian Bob Ireland and his family donated the Robert Ireland Residence. And the family of Rotarian Doug Gamsby donated an Art Wall in his honour. Other Rotarians such as Don and Ruth Parr, Jim and Ann MacKenzie, Jim Stevens, Ron Dolynchuk and Beverly Trist-Stewart were highly involved in the operations and funding of the organization
Fundraising for a new facility began in 2005 with a groundbreaking ceremony occurring in 2009. The new facility on Scottsdale Drive was opened in 2010.