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History of HAAP

In December 2015, H’art Centre began to imagine what it could do to help seniors with disabilities in Kingston. By August 2016, more than 40 community supporters had rallied around the idea (then known as Young at H’art) and donated to support the development of a new option in Kingston. From September to December 2016, H’art Centre offered an inaugural session and delivered more than 50 classes in four different disciplines to seniors with disabilities

Photo courtesy of Michael Lea, Whig Standard

in THE BOX at H’art Centre. The Ontario Trillium Foundation then pitched in and enabled H’art to extend the program by offering outreach classes at three long-term care homes.

H’art Centre would like to acknowledge the early support of the following groups who helped launch the Young at H’art Initiative. Over the years, we have enjoyed support from: Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, Anna & Edward C. Churchill Foundation, Harry Foster Foundation, Cataraqui Rotary Club, Community Foundation for Kingston & Area, Kingston Rotary Club, and Empire Life. H’art also recognizes the support of: Connie Armstrong, Jim Brown & Joan Lee, Nancy & Bill Gray, Kim Donovan, Alicia & Barry Gordon, Virginia and John Gordon, Peter Kostogiannis, Julie Ann and Michael May, Pam McMillan & Norman Dupuis, Lillian Porter, Dr. Leslie Shanks, Dr. Jonathan Standley, Kathi Toth Switzer, Ed Vreeke, and Tom Wightman.

H’art Centre would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting the outreach initiative through a seed grant in 2017. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation. Over $110 million is awarded annually to some 1,300 non-profit and charitable organizations across the province.