UXBRIDGE: Anne Wright, from the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham, appeared before Uxbridge Council, at a meeting on Monday, Oct. 2nd, to present Councillors with more information on the organization’s plans.
The hospice will be located at the site of the former Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Port Perry.
“We have approved funding from the province for five beds, however, we are building for 10 beds, and are hopeful that the province will recognize the need and expand the funding,” Ms. Wright said.
The plan is for the former Immaculate Conception Catholic School building to be demolished, and for a new building to be erected on the site.
“It was just too different from what we needed, so we would like to start fresh,” Ms. Wright said.
The charity organization has a fundraising goal of $5 million for the hospice project.
“We have had several significant donors, who actually helped us buy the property, and we have approached major donors during our quiet campaign and people have been very receptive,” Ms. Wright said. “The community has really taken this project to heart.”
She also added that they have only approached donors in North Durham.
Oak Ridges Hospice will be holding a public launch, at the Old Flame Brewery in Port Perry, on Tuesday, Oct. 24th.
The charity hopes to open the hospice in the spring of 2019.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor, noting the age of the building currently on the site, questioned if they have thought about what the school is made of.
“I was thinking about the [possibility of] asbestos, and I know that was a major cost to us when we demolished the St. John’s school,” she said.
Ms. Wright said she would pass that information on to the charity’s experts.
Mayor O’Connor also praised the project.
“Certainly, this is a facility that is much needed,” she said.
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger asked if the charity had looked at purchasing the former Epsom Public School building.
Ms. Wright said that school was next on their list, if they didn’t get the Immaculate Conception school.