Lisaard House / Innisfree House

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Sheila O’Donovan

Founder of Lisaard House

March 1, 1937- April 27, 2019

In 1996, Sheila was approached by Dr. Charmaine Jones to discuss the philosophy of hospice. With the encouragement of Mrs. Margaret Anderson, (Anderson House) and the support of a group of dedicated nurses and community members, Sheila began the process of funding and building the first free-standing residential hospice in the Waterloo Region.

On August 1, 1978, the organisation was given Charitable status, and on July 15, 2000 Lisaard House welcomed its first resident and Sheilas dream became a reality.

In Sheilas own words, without the dedicated team of professional staff, and an equally dedicated group of volunteers, with their gifts of time and skills, Lisaard House would be an empty shell.

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Her Legacy is her love of her family

Nothing is more important to Roleen then her family. When she speaks about them, her smile will light the room! Roleen is a proud mother to 2 grown sons and 3 beautiful granddaughters. As a resident at Innisfree House, Roleen wanted to ensure her family knew the love she has for them now and after she passes.  The Residential Legacy Program has helped her create lasting pieces for her family which reflect this.

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This Holiday season, please help families like Kate’s

“You’re in a safe place – we are here for you.

You don’t need to worry about a thing.”

Those are the words that Kate heard that night – during the hardest and most emotional moment of her life.

Her 72-year-old mother Kathy’s organs were failing after a long illness and Kate was sick with worry. Her father had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and she had no idea how her grieving family would manage care for their dying mom.

But thanks to supporters in our community, a bed at Innisfree Hospice opened up for Kate’s mom just in time.  Please donate today.

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