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 Our History
In 1996 Sheila O’Donovan and several community members met to discuss the need for an alternative to institutional and in-home end-of-life care in the Waterloo Region. The group discussed a need to provide a choice for individuals and their families at a time in life when few choices seem readily available.
During the following two years, Sheila and her husband Val, offered a founding gift and began the process of creating a charitable foundation to establish a freestanding residential hospice in the Waterloo Region. Not wishing to name the hospice for a person, the O’Donovan’s opted to name the hospice after a small hotel called Lisaard in County Cork, Ireland. This was a place they had found provided them with peace and tranquility.
Lisaard House was registered as a private foundation on August 1, 1998 and opened its doors to its first residents in July of 2000.
Recognizing the increasing need in our region for hospice beds available to those facing any life-limiting illness, our second location, Innisfree House opened in July of 2015. The name Innisfree is also inspired by a location in Ireland which W.B. Yeats wrote about in his poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree.
We believe that death is a normal part of life. We believe in Making Moments Matter.
Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice is a non-profit charitable organization without religious affiliation.
Celebrating a long history of caring
2020 is a special year for Lisaard and lnnisfree Hospice, marking two major milestones in our history. Lisaard House in Cambridge is celebrating 20 years of service, and lnnisfree House in Kitchener celebrates its fifth anniversary.
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