Celebrating our Founders...30 Years Later

Posted on November 29, 2013

30th logo with farmhouse drawingOn November 14, 2013 we held an event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dale Brain Injury Serives, and to honour the Founders and Believers who have helped us grow and prosper over these 30 years.

We wanted this event to focus on how our development over 30 years has positively impacted the lives of our clients, persons living with the effects of acquired brain injrues.  We thought a good way to illustrate our clients' successes was to display their art and their stories.  What better way to showcase these than hanging in an art gallery?  We were fortunate that Westland Gallery, in London's Wortley Village, agreed to donate their space for us to hold our event.

Each of our honorees had the opportunity to speak that night, and it is unfortunate we do not have all of their remarks to share.  Each one demonstrated in those comments why we have been so fortunate to have them on our side supporting the organization, because of their dedication to the wellbeing of our clients.

Here is a synopisis of some of the Executive Director, Sue Hillis's remarks from the eveneing:

As many not for profit, charitable agencies do, we come from humble beginnings, and have church roots to thank for supporting an idea to help people in their community.  In 1981 as The Church at Westmount was winding down, they were looking for an opportunity to utilize their funds and land to "continue the caring spirit of the church in the community".  This led to the idea to use the former "Dale" farmhouse for our first group home, and the incorporation of the first Board of Directors in 1982.

"Using creativity, innovation, determination, and a sense of fearlessness a Founder formulates the basis for something".

We are grateful that the following individuals were fearless and determined to help create what became the Dale Home and give 6 individuals an opportunity to be supported somewhere other than a hospital or institutional setting.

Ruth and Reg Hill

Bernice and Gord Hill

As mentioned, a Board of Directors was formed in 1982, who had amzaing vision and worked hard to ensure that funding was secured.  Tonight we honour two of those founding Board members:

Nigel Gilby and Dr. Emilie Newell

Over the next few weeks will will shine a spotlight on the Believers whose support we have been fotunate enought to have.