SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is working with the Durham Catholic District School Board to finalize an agreement for the purchase of the Immaculate Conception Catholic School property in Port Perry. Once the sale is final, the Township of Scugog will transfer the property to Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham Ltd., with plans to turn the school into a new community hospice that will provide dignified and compassionate end of life care.
“This is a tremendous partnership between Scugog and Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham Ltd.,” said Scugog CAO Paul Allore. “With our partners, we are processing a minor variance to the zoning By-law that will finalize the deal for this valuable community service.”
The initiative was championed by Councillor Betty Somerville who indicated, “This is an amazing opportunity and I am delighted that the Township and all those involved have worked so well together to provide for our community medical, psychological and spiritual support to help people at the end of their life to have peace and comfort. With my many years in nursing, this project is very close to my heart.”
The proposed hospice will service all neighbouring communities, and will be the first of its kind in Scugog. The partners are counting on continued community support to make this project a success. Stephen Gray, Board Member of Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham Ltd., is impressed by the level of support already coming from the community, “The Scugog community has stepped up to the plate. I’d like to thank the Township of Scugog for this wonderful opportunity. We are thrilled to have found a property in Port Perry, where we plan to transform the former school site into a new hospice facility. Also, we’d like to acknowledge lawyers Michael Fowler and George Smith, for their in-kind legal services.”
“On behalf of the Durham Catholic District School Board of Trustees, I extend best wishes to the Township of Scugog, as they move forward in their vision of creating a community hub that supports the members of its communities,” said John Rinella, Chair of the Board.
Once the process is complete, the Hospice Board intends to engage professionals to begin the design phase and launch a capital campaign. Stephen Gray added, “We have a target date of March 2019, to be operational”.
The final details and sale price for the deal are not yet public. However, the emotion and dedication to this project is already quite evident. CAO Paul Allore conveyed, “This is a wonderful example of people wanting to do this for the right reasons, to create a facility that provides end of life care that is dignified and compassionate.”
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