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Founded in 1982 by Jane Reid, Barbara Marshall Houlding, Sally Blaney and Joan Henderson, Hospice King-Aurora was the first community-based hospice in Ontario, and one of the first in Canada.


1983 Our first office opens in All Saints Anglican Church, and we record our very first referral

1984 A Hospice King manual is written for “hands on” care in the home (copyright 1984)

1987 Produce an award winning video “Dying with Dignity” about Hospice King services

1988 Recipient of a Canadian “Citation for Citizenship” award, present our first paper at the international Conference on       Supportive Care at Chateau Montebello, QC

1991 Move into new office at 2184 King Road, King City

1992-93 Nominated for two community awards, including Volunteer of the Year Award

1993 The first Gourmet Strollathon takes place in King

1996 Hospice Richmond Hill and Hospice Vaughan open, mentored by HKA    

1997 Receive the largest donation to date, $32k from The Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus

1999 Receive $25k grant from the Trillium Foundation to increase public awareness, our name changes to

Hospice King-Aurora

2001 Receive $20k from the Order of St. Lazarus to review and support development of our bereavement program

2002 Hold our tenth Gourmet Strollathon, and the first in Aurora, hire our first bereavement specialist, to aid in expanding our programs and services

2003 Move to new premises at 155 King Road, Oak Ridges with 2,000 sq ft of administration & programming space, offer art therapy workshops to clients diagnosed with cancer

2004 Receive a $70k grant from the Trillium Foundation to furnish and equip our new office, begin offering energy

& relaxation therapies such as Reiki & polarity therapy, Friends of Hospice host a very successful third Jitterbug Ball

2005 Focus on expanding partnerships with other service agencies to improve the community of care we offer to our clients

2006 Receive a $254k five-year grant from the Trillium Foundation to support staff salaries, and a $15k grant from the Harold Ballard Foundation for children and adolescent bereavement support

2007 Implement Hospice InfoAnywhere, a web-based care management system for client and volunteer management, in

partnership with all six York Region visiting hospices, begin offering adolescent bereavement support groups, Achieve

Level I Accreditation from the Hospice Association of Ontario, the 19th of 102 hospices in the province to do so

2008 Achieve Level II Accreditation, Finalist in the Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards (VSRA) for the second consecutive year, recognizing excellence in financial reporting transparency and accountability

2009 Produce "Why is this Happening? What can I do?" an end-of-life resource for hospice families & clients, begin offering

music therapy for children and adults, once again, Finalist in the VSRA

2010 Offer Picking Up the Pieces support group for cancer survivors & Beyond Surviving for individuals grieving a death

by suicide, successful Jitterbug Ball raising over $80k, start offering yoga

2011 Win VSRA Award of Excellence

2012 Win VSRA for the second year; Move to 350 Industrial Pkwy South in Aurora, held a very successful Jitterbug Ball raising over $80k, chosen as charity for the Wolfpack's Epic BBQ

2013 Won VSRA for the third year and achieved Exemplar status, Celebrated 30 years of providing support to our community, once again benefitted from the Wolfpack's Epic BBQ

2014  Most successful JBB yet - record number of guests and over $180,000 raised to support programs over two years

2015   Service area expanded to include Richmond Hill, "Journeys" a support group for those living with Stage 4 and/or metastatic cancer, First year for "The Ladybug" - a Ladies Evening, benefitted from generous donation of Twistt Jewelry which was sold to raise funds for programs

2016 Most successful fundraiser in history - record number of guests and over $250,000 raised to support programs over the next two years; now operating as Hospice King-Aurora-Richmond Hill


In 1983, a group of concerned individuals came together to address a need in their community. Together they established Hospice King and began to offer support to those at end of life. It was one of the first community-based hospices in Canada and the first in York Region. In 1999, our name was changed to Hospice King-Aurora to better reflect the area that we serve. Overtime the focus grew to providing support to those with life-threatening illness, the people who support them and those who are bereaved.


In our 30 plus year history we have been at the forefront of the hospice community with presentations at international conferences and helping to establish the Hospice Association of Ontario (now Hospice Palliative Care Ontario). We have mentored many other hospices along the way, with our documentary "Dying with Dignity" and practical manuals for volunteers. Most importantly, we have provided over 100,000 hours of services to people in King Township and south Aurora. In 2015 our service area was expanded to include Richmond Hill.


Hospice King-Aurora continues to provide services free of charge, thanks to the generous support of our community.

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