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Brockton Donates Land for Southern Bruce Grey Hospice

Brockton | by Kevin Bernard  

Six-bed hospice will also include additional transition bed.

It's official, after pledging in principal to provide land for the Southern Bruce Grey Hospice project in May, Brockton has now officially donated the land.

The 3.5 acre parcel of land in the East Ridge Business Park (Walkerton) represents a 280 thousand dollar donation from Brockton. (land valued at 79 thousand an acre)

To mark the occasion, Mayor Chris Peabody presented a symbolic 280 thousand dollar cheque to Residential Hospice Grey Bruce.

The financing for the servicing of the East Ridge Business Park which includes water, sewer and the construction of a new road will be considered in the upcoming Brockton 2020 budget process.

Hospice Board Chair Paul Rowcliffe is overwhelmed by Brockton's generosity calling this is an exciting time for Hospice Grey Bruce.

Rowcliffe says the new six bed hospice will also include an additional transition bed.

Hospice Executive Director Alex Hector adds with the land donation finalized Grey Bruce Hospice can now focus their attention on a design plan as well as determing project costs.

Once the costs have been determined he says they will be able to officially kick off their fundraising campaign.

While it is too early to provide a project costs, Hector says it will be in the millions.

As for when the shovel will hit the ground, that too is unknown but it is expected to take at least a few years before construction will begin.

Rowcliffe says the future Southern Grey Bruce satellite hospice will be a mini version of Owen Sound's Chapman House hospice.

Because of this, he says they don't have to recreate the wheel, but rather model the new hospice after the original Grey Bruce model.

Rowcliffe believes once the new hospice is up and running it will catch the eye of the Ministry, who he believes may want to hold it up a model for the province.

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