I think we just really need to be forward thinking not just for our parents but for ourselves as we age as well. There’s probably a good chance that we’ll need that type of care at some point and I think it’s just a gift to that person we love to be able to have that home-like experience at the end. I think it was a real blessing for my mom to be able to die in the place she called home for the last 7 years of her life.

For Margot Byer, Canterbury Foundation’s 16 new hospice care spaces can’t come soon enough.

They’re a component of an exciting expansion and renovation that will introduce end-of-life care, 53 new dementia care suites and community outreach programming for seniors living in Edmonton. Byer and her family recently contributed a gift of $10,000 in memory of her late Mother, Jean Coglon.

As a not-for-profit organization, Canterbury Foundation could not continue to give the Promise of Home without support from generous people like Margot, and you.

After living in Edmonton’s west end for over four decades, Coglon moved to Canterbury in 2010 where she lived until her passing in 2017. Her family’s legacy gift will help create a first of its kind residential hospice providing compassionate end of life care for seniors as they age at Canterbury.

 “They will have staff serving that unit that are really passionate about that type of care, and it’s fitting because the staff that were with her on her last day were her favourite people.”

Wouldn’t it feel wonderful to know that your gift will become the caring hand for residents in their final days to hold. The health care staff, life enrichment programs, state of the art research and innovative spaces dedicated to surround Canterbury’s seniors with respect and love as they age in place.

Byer says, “Mom told me in that last week of her life, that she would like to give a gift towards helping setup hospice care, so our donation is to honour mom’s last request.” 

Your legacy of giving can be powerful. You can believe your donation ensures a social worker or chaplain is there to help with grieving the loss of a spouse or moving from the family home. You can give companion care to a senior in need of a friend, an ear for their stories, a card game partner, a laugh to be shared.

Your gift can ensure innovation, research and modernization for all of Canterbury’s residents to experience, providing a level of care and compassion like nowhere else.

Please consider a gift to Canterbury Foundation today.