A Letter of Support From Dr. B.A. Wherrett
B.A. Wherrett, M.D., C.M., F.R.C.P.C.
Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, Queen’s University
Honorary Campaign Chair

It is my pleasure to invite you to help Almost Home celebrate a significant milestone by contributing to the 20th Anniversary Capital Campaign.

Twenty years ago, the same year that Almost Home opened, I began my eight- year term as Head of the Department of Paediatrics at the Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital. I had the privilege of being a member of the Almost Home Board of Directors during the planning phase and in the early years of its growth and development. In my clinical work in the follow-up of premature infants and as a member of the Child Development Centre at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, I was able to witness the real benefits Almost Home offers families whose children are receiving medical treatment.

Because affordable, comfortable accommodation was available within walking distance of both hospitals, these families were able to remain close to their sick child in a setting where they felt they were “almost” home. The remarkable success of this endeavor has been particularly satisfying for the hospital staff and the initial Board members who were advised that Kingston was too small to support this dream. How fortunate we are that the Board and particularly its community members rejected this advice.

Now, this lovely old house at 118 William Street, which has welcomed thousands of families since opening in the fall of 1992, needs and deserves refurbishment and rejuvenation.
The campaign slogan, “We’re Showing our Age” recognizes this need.
Details of the capital campaign including donor recognition and projected expenses are enclosed
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I urge you to help Almost Home continue to make a difference for families with sick children.

B.A. Wherrett, M.D., C.M., F.R.C.P.C.
Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, Queen’s University
Honorary Campaign Chair

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