Foundation launches Giving Wings to Hospice Campaign

BARRY’S BAY – The Giving Wings to Hospice Campaign has just launched and it is already halfway to its goal of $450,000.

On August 20, hospice members gathered at St. Francis Memorial Hospital to officially launch the new campaign, which will bring the two-bed hospice to reality.

The upstairs of the hospital was adorned with butterflies, a meaningful symbol for the hospice.

Foundation Director Toni Lavigne Conway welcomed everyone to the ceremony. While the hospice is currently under construction, Lavigne Conway pointed to a vision board, which outlined what the hospice will resemble when complete.

Since January, Lavigne Conway said the hospice has been receiving government grants as well as donations from community members and businesses.

“Meeting with those donors and those supporters, and hearing the personal stories and experiences that they have had, it’s absolutely heart-warming,” she said. “These people, many like you and I, it keeps us at the foundation very inspired to go out and to motivate others to want to move this project forward.”

Lavigne Conway’s father passed away 15 years ago. The campaign launch marked the anniversary of her father’s passing.

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