Family Stories & Testimonials

Meet Grace

Grace Cowling was a distinguished artist in the Grimsby community. Many of Grace’s paintings hang in the hallways and rooms at McNally House. Holding McNally in great esteem, she gifted these paintings to the house when it opened in 2008.

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Meet Linda

Linda Bowen has been a caregiver for most of her life.  At the age of ten, she helped care for her younger brother who had cerebral palsy and then in 2019, Linda called on these skills again when she became the primary caregiver for her parents who were both dealing with major health issues

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Meet Erika

Erika Werner was deeply familiar with the care and compassion given to others in a health care setting. She was a registered nurse for more than fifty years, as well as, the founder of Rainbow Residence, a seniors’ residence.

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Meet Sue

In March, 2008, Sue Gracey was hired at the newly built McNally House Hospice, in Grimsby as a Personal Support Worker (PSW). Sue was part of the team that welcomed the first resident to McNally on April 7, 2008.

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Meet Murray

It was fitting that he spent his final days at McNally House Hospice. The care provided at McNally House, was well known to Murray and his family. Maureen, his wife, was admitted to McNally in 2017.

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Meet Dr. Marshall

It’s a formative time for McNally House. This year has brought the excitement of a new building campaign, at the same time COVID-19 has required intense changes. Given this dynamic time, Dr. Denise Marshall, co-founder, inaugural Board Chair and Medical Director of McNally House, was asked to reflect on the realities at this moment in time.

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Charles “Moore” Smalley

Born in Toronto, Charles “Moore” Smalley began his professional life as an educator in London, holding various teaching and administrative positions for twenty three years. He was always a teacher, guiding others through the steps of a process, which generally meant doing it Moore’s way.

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Sandy Orr

Meet Sandy & Rick

In May, 2019, Sandy and Rick Orr celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary in an unusual way. Rick is brought to tears when telling the story of how he and his beloved wife, Sandy, shared a specially catered dinner, with their favourite music, and candlelight.

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Darryl Perry

The Perry Family Story

“He was my Dad. He was a brother, son, husband, friend, high school sweetheart, cousin, and grandfather. His name was and will always be Darryl Perry. I told you I would get your story out one day and that it would be used to help others. You still inspire me.”
–  Love Jay.

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