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HEALTHY BEGINNINGS COMMITTEE (HBC)

The Mandate of the HBC is to mobilise community support for comprehensive, coordinated, cross sectorial community wide initiatives for preconception to age six programmes; work with communities to improve the opportunities for children and families.

 

CENTENNIAL PROJECT – NEONATAL ROOM, CHILDREN’S PALLIATIVE & RESPITE CENTRE

The Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care is expanding its current community hospice programs by building a ten-bed home offering compassionate and comprehensive paediatric palliative care services to children and their families. The new home will be the Children’s Palliative and Respite Centre to be located in the historic Governor’s House on Gerrard Street.

The Healthy Beginnings Committee is supporting the development of the Neonatal Room. The Centre will be the very first Residential Children’s Hospice in Toronto, and the sixth in Canada.

The Centre will provide children with life-limiting illness with end-of-life care. Currently, there are no dedicated beds for children living with life-limiting illness who require end of life care. Health care professionals and doctors at the Sick Kids Hospital and other hospices have said that children would be better served in a specialised palliative care environment, and support the premise that a children’s hospice should be completely separate from an adult hospice.

Our $100K project covers the outfitting of the Neonatal Room, including medical equipment, bathroom construction, bedroom and miscellaneous furnishings.

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