Civitan Apartments Kitchener-Waterloo Leaves a $2-Million Legacy with Hospice of Waterloo Region 

Hospice of Waterloo Region is pleased to announce that the Civitan Apartments Kitchener-Waterloo, in association with Kitchener-Waterloo Civitans, has donated $2 million to the new Hospice of Waterloo Region Gies Family Centre currently being built in North Waterloo.

Gies Family Centre Hospice of Waterloo Region

The donation is the result of the sale of a property providing subsidized housing for seniors. The apartment project was the result of the determined work of past and present Civitans and the generosity of the City of Waterloo. The building was sold to a housing agency which will continue to support the work of the KW Civitans.

KW Civitans have a generous history of investing in the community by supporting many of the Region’s social agencies and initiatives serving the vulnerable. Besides the apartment project, which was operated by a stand alone not for profit corporation, KW Civitans were involved with the expansion of the Children’s Safety Village, Pride Stables, the Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.

For over 50 years, KW Civitans have served the community and their purpose has always been to be “builders of good citizenship”. With this legacy left to Hospice, they continue that history of building a better community.

We are so pleased and humbled to be selected to maintain the legacy of the KW Civitans, said Judy Nairn, Executive Director of Hospice of Waterloo Region. “Our community owes a debt of gratitude to all of the individuals who have been involved as KW Civitans over the years. The Civitan motto is Together We Can, and with this gift they will be ensuring that our community is providing the best in end of life care for many years to come.”

About The New Build

The Hospice of Waterloo Region Capital Campaign has now raised over $14 million from the community. In honour of this most recent gift, several areas of the new building will be named in recognition of the KW Civitans including the South Wing of the building, the out-patient Medical Clinic and the Meditation Garden and Labyrinth.

Hospice of Waterloo Region has been providing hospice palliative care services throughout the region since 1993. The new centre will allow for expansion of the community outreach programs and palliative education programs, along with providing 10 residential hospice beds.

The new Hospice of Waterloo Region Gies Family Centre is scheduled to open in November of this year.

Have questions?

For more information, please contact Judy Nairn, the Executive Director of Hospice of Waterloo Region: 519-743-4114 or

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