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St. Raphael’s Palliative Care Home and Day Centre holds a groundbreaking ceremony to officially inaugurate the start of construction
St. Raphael’s Palliative Care Home and Day Centre held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the official inauguration of construction work last October 30. The event was a great success and was attended by a number of distinguished guests, including Dr. Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services, Pierre Arcand, Minister responsible for Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review, Chair of the Conseil du trésor and MNA for Mont‑Royal, and Russell Copeman, then Borough Mayor of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. A number of major donors and over a hundred members of the community were also present.
The event was an important milestone in the St. Raphael’s project. In the coming weeks, St. Raphael’s will kick off the general public phase of its $10 million major fundraising campaign. Our donors’ generosity to date has already allowed us to reach the 60% mark and given us the means to achieve our ambitions.
Vanguard School students raise funds for St. Raphael’s
Representatives of the Vanguard School Student Council, accompanied by Mrs. Nicole de Flandre of the Vanguard Foundation, came to deliver in person their donation to St. Raphael’s. The money was raised by high school level students during “free dress” days. The group was warmly welcomed by Mr. Marco Ottoni, Vice President of the Board, and Mr. Ross Aitken, Director of Development.
“It is incredibly touching to see young people who already have developed such a strong social conscience” says Marco Ottoni. “We are honoured that they chose to support our project this year, and we look forward to seeing representatives of the Vanguard Student Council at our ground-breaking ceremony.”
Emphyteutic lease signed with the Archdiocese of Montreal
On March 30, 2016, St. Raphael’s officially secured its access to the property of the old St. Raphael church with the signing of an emphyteutic lease with the Archdiocese of Montreal.
Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, and Mrs. Marie-Michèle Del Balso, Chair of St. Raphael’s Board of Directors, proceeded with the signing of this 75-year lease — comprising an initial term of 25 years and two renewal options of 25 years each. For St. Raphael’s, this marks a significant milestone towards the realization of its project to build and operate a 12-bed palliative care home and the first palliative care day centre in Montreal.
The major fundraising campaign cabinet is actively pursuing its work, and already some major donors have enthusiastically and generously given their support, confirming a strong adherence to our objectives.
Renovation of the old church is expected to begin during 2016.
St. Raphael’s ramps up fundraising efforts
In November 2015, the St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre (“St. Raphael’s”) has begun ramping up its fundraising efforts as part of a major fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $10M to finance the construction and the first two years of operation of the 12-bed palliative care home and day centre.
The Board of Directors of St. Raphael’s is extremely pleased to count on the contribution and fundraising efforts of well-known and respected philanthropists from the Montreal community, such as Rick and Carolyn Renaud, Luc Maurice, Lillian Vineberg, Louis Roquet, Peter O’Brien, Martin Thibodeau, Nicolas Mastandrea, and Lyne Roy Payette.
Over the coming months, the major fundraising campaign committee will be reaching out to companies, financial institutions, private foundations, as well as residents in the boroughs serviced by the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux) – including Outremont, Mount-Royal, Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG), Ville-Marie, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal West, and Côte Saint-Luc – in whose territory St. Raphael’s is located.
Construction of the facility is expected to begin in the first half of 2016.
Martin Thibodeau joins St. Raphael’s major fundraising campaign committee
The Board of Directors of St. Raphael’s is extremely pleased to announce that Mr. Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters at RBC Royal Bank has agreed to join its major fundraising campaign committee as Chair of the Lead Gifts Committee.
In addition to pursuing a long and prosperous career across Canada with RBC Royal Bank, Mr. Thibodeau has also earned a reputation for being an engaged volunteer in his community.