The Stories…Take a moment, click on the name listed below.
Meghan Leduc 6 Stories - 7 Stories - 6 Stories - 8 Stories- Debbie Hudson Reflection Room Link
Amarjit Chana Barb Peters- Her Mom
Jacques Levac Jim Davidson
Edith Melhuish George (Duro) Naray - Margaretta’ s Dad
Aaltjs (Ollie) Pijper - Mel’s aunt Theo Vander Zaag’s Journal on John
Norma Brotherson Dorothy Powell
Sarah Marjorie Todd Gerald Tremblay
Erika & Alex’s love story Robert (Bob) Nicholls
Kingsmere - Sybil Bickerton James (Jim) Madill
Rev. Earl Gerber Tekla Lachs
Cleone Duncan Ray Culliton
Wayne Murray John Davis
Grant Husk Marjorie Thompson
Rodney Jones Angela Bamford
Fredick (Fred) Byl Don Gates
Elaine Balaka Don Jackson
Peter Gellatly Margaretta Naray
Norma Brown on Michelle
August 2018 - Meghan didn't let her cancer define her. Instead, she ensured that she lived every moment, always laughing and making jokes until the very day she died. She chose labels like Mother, Daughter, Sister, Wife; not Sick or Selfish. She chose to live, even when her body had other ideas, and in her short life, she set out to care for others. Meghan celebrated her 37th birthday at Matthew's House, surrounded by her children, parents, and sister. In her final days, she shared life secrets, talked about her life goals, which mostly revolved around being a mom. That's where her legacy continues: through Meghan's son and daughter, she lives.
October 2018 - One resident Amarjit, allowed MHH to be a part of her family by providing a space for them all to come together for a 66th birthday. The Great Room was filed with laughter, tears, conversations, traditions and mostly a full spectrum of generations from age 1 to 94 watching their loved one in Kathy’s kitchen in her bed blowing out the candles. Our volunteer photographer was able to capture some of the expression through the lens of her camera as seen below. Special thanks to Aimee for giving of her time.
Jacques (Jack) Levac
October 2018 - Jack asked his loved ones to gather photos of his family and friends to take with him as part of the completion of his life time guarantee. Both he and his family would like you all to enjoy the life of Jacques (Jack) Levac.
October 2018 - Born in London, England on May 17, 1925, passed away peacefully in her 94th year. She was predeceased by her loving husband Philip William Melhuish. Beloved mother of Martin Melhuish and Christine (Melhuish) Broster (husband Peter Broster), devoted grandmother of Heather Broster (husband Mathieu Gasquet) and Nicholas Broster and dear sister of Irene Thorndike, Shirley Comber and Linda Clouder. She was a pillar of strength and an inspiration to her children and grandchildren, dedicating her life to her family even as she spent more than 25 years as Executive Assistant to the President of a leading Toronto-based distributor of construction supplies. These are just some of the people in Edith’s life.
December 2018 - Norma was at Matthews House Hospice to celebrate her 87th birthday with family, friends and all of us at MHH. As part of her birthday present she was presented with a collection of photographs of some of the times and people of her life and she would like to share them as part of her Legacy.
January 2019 - The story of Dorothy, or Dot as she preferred, is shared below with family photos and her beautiful art work. Dot married a beautiful sole name, Don who encouraged the release of these creative art pieces. This art work is just a small part of Dot’s legacy and they will adorn the walls of generation to come. Dot’s daughter shares her Mom’s legacy in her own words. Have a listen.
Sybil Bickerton - MHH’s LIve on Legacy Story Telling Program went out into the community and visited, 101 year old Sybil Bickerton at our community partners location of Kingsmere Retirement Residence, This aspiring poet shared some of her lifetime legacy stories as seen in the video below. Please also enjoy reading her signed February poem. Click here.
Erika and Alex- A love story
Robert (Bob) Nicholls
February 2019 - Robert NIcholls, Bob, was a proud father, Grandpa Bobby, husband, uncle, brother, son, twin and friend. When you speak with Bob’s family and friends you do not have to listen very hard to hear that Bob has touched the lives of those he knew and left with them love, and a life time of wonderful memories and stories. Enjoy seeing some of these memories through the pictures below with Bob’s Eulogy, Words from Tara, or Words from Peyton & Sarah.
James (Jim) Madill
Cleone Duncan - MHH’s LIve on Legacy Story Telling Program went out into the community and visited, Cleone Duncan at our community partners location of Kingsmere Retirement Residence, This talented Singer/Actress shares some of her lifetime legacy stories as seen in the video below will be coming soon. Please also enjoy reading her video script. Click here.
Don is an active member volunteer for the past years. He is of the facilitators for the Men’s Group, a residential volunteer, who can be seen as a “Clown” at our hike and is supported by our Grieving Parent Group. Enjoy these photos and video.
Rev. Earl Gerber
Rev. Earl Gerber - MHH’s LIve on Legacy Story Telling Program went back out into the community and visited, Rev. Earl Gerber at our community partners location of Kingsmere Retirement Residence, This man of great faith shared some of his lifetime legacy stories as seen in the video below. Please also enjoy reading his session script. Click here.
July 2018 - Tekla lived a rather extraordinary life and overcame adversity that is unimaginable to many Canadians today. With every obstacle that life threw at her she simply became stronger and more determined. You will see this in the photos below which is a just a small part of her legacy. Click here to enjoy her full story.
Ray ended up taking the hospice volunteer training course in Barrie in 1999 and he became an in-home volunteer, in most cases for men, “just ordinary guys.” In every case, Ray became his client’s friend whether he stayed with them at home or took them out. His approach was the same … “we talked about anything and everything in order to keep them thinking.” Ray felt that was really important. His clients knew that they could tell him anything in confidence, and Ray knew how important that was to them. “We could really talk”. Sometimes he thought he might be the only friend they had. Ray and his client often went out for lunch … “a highlight … I often paid”. Regardless, it felt good.- For more of Rays story, click here.
Wayne is proud to share his legacy of his family, his time as a Matthews House volunteer and mostly as kind and caring person who enjoys giving back.
John Davis is an active member of our Men's group and sat down with Debra to share through video some of his Legacy.
Marjorie is a proud Mom and PSW here at Matthews House. She has been a part of this team since she graduated. Enjoy hearing a little more about Marjorie as everyday is a part of our personal legacy. Thanks for sharing
Grant is sharing this raw legacy footage recording with our volunteer interviewer, Nora. Grant’s main legacy lesson is to “Enjoy life, give as much as you can and it will come back full circle.” Full written script from this interview is forthcoming.
May 2019 - Rodney’s family would like to share some of his legacy through a magazine that was put together for his 70th Birthday. You can read it here and you will know what a wonderful family man he is. Enjoy!
Angela Bamford - May 2019 - Angela and Tom honoured us with our first wedding on May 30th on our residential floor. The room was set with lite candles, flowers and family photos. When Angela arrived she wanted to go outside and gave specific instructions on what photos she would like taken. You will see those below as well as the photos of the ceremony. We thank this couple for entrusting all of us here at MHH to provided them with this momentous occasion.
Fredick (Fred) Byl
Fred is a Dutch immigrant who is proud to call Canada his homeland and the Alliston area his home. Fred has many legacy items that have already been compiled and projects that are ongoing. Fred sat down with us to share some of his story to video which you can enjoy. You can also enjoy some of the photos below and this wonder eulogy that one Fred’s children wrote for Fred’s father.
This volunteer has found her place to put to good use her working life skills. Elaine was the recipient of the 2019 June Caldwell Award from the HPCO for her commitment to volunteering with MHH. She is sharing some of her legacy through this video piece. Enjoy.
Don Jackson and Peter Gellatly
Enjoy the stories of Don Jackson on the left and Peter Gellatly on the right. Also enjoy some of Peter’s stories in his own words. These two are both part of the Men’s Group at MHH and have great Legacy stories to share.
Norma Brown on Michelle
Norma Brown on Michelle… This is a legacy story as told by a Mom about and for her daughter. We hope you enjoy knowing a little about this beautiful young women through the words of her Mom. It is also shared to encourage others to do the same. Enjoy… ‘It’s a Girl’