GroundbreakingShovels1Construction has begun on the new Casey House Hospice in Toronto.  This new 58,000 square foot health centre will allow Casey House to expand its services to the community, including the launch of its new Day Health Program, to meet the needs for advanced HIV/AIDS care in Toronto and Ontario.  Ground-breaking took place on March 30th, 2015 with the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, in attendance (centre).

As the lead donor and a member of the Capital Campaign Committee , it is an exciting moment for me to see so many years of hard work come to fruition with this new project.  Congratulations to Executive Director Stephanie Karapita (far right) and her team for all of their hard work put into this project.  I was proud to be part of the ground-breaking crew (third from right), alongside the architect for the new building, Siamak Hariri of Hariri Ponterini Architects (second from right).

As the new Casey House construction begins, it is interesting to reflect back to a time when the project was in its infancy.  When I donated the funds to Casey House in 2002 to purchase the vacant lot and historic mansion at 571 Jarvis Street (adjacent to the current Casey House home), the plan was always to expand the capacity and modernize the facility to better serve the community.  It took 13 years of work to get to this point, but I am sure the effort will pay off.  Now we can look forward to the completion of construction in November 2016!

For more information on the project, and to see how you can help and be a part of the project, visit caseyhouse.ca.