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    Mark Preece Family House
    191 Barton Street East
    Hamilton, ON L8L 2W7
    Phone: 905-529-0770
    Fax: 905-529-9955
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The Organization

Hospital Family Houses of Ontario

Charitable registration number: 86700 9615 RR0001

Friends and colleagues of the late Dr Mark Preece formed the organization, Hospital Family Houses of Ontario to achieve their goal of opening The Mark Preece Family House. The organization is incorporated and has attained charitable status.

The Mark Preece Family House opened to to families in April, 2011 and expanded to offer a total of 24 rooms in April, 2014.

The organization is an active member of the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, a United States based organization with over 200 family house members in North America. The organization provides knowledge, education, support and a network of successful colleagues in the family house field.

See below for three years of our Annual Reports and Audited Financial Statements.

Annual Report 2015
Financial Statements 2015

Complaint Policy
Privacy Policy

See the Canada Revenue Agency for further information.

 

Our Board of Directors

Kim Jenkinson-2 Kim Jenkinson of Hamilton is Executive Director of the Halton Multicultural Council. Kim joined MPFH in April, 2013 and is the Chair. Kim also volunteers with the Halton Poverty Roundtable, Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable and Our Kids Network. Reason for joining MPFH:  Having been seriously injured, I was in the General Hospital for several weeks.  My family is local and it was a strain for them to help care for me while I was laid up.  Volunteering at Mark Preece House allows me to support families in need of a safe place to stay while their family member is in the hospital.  Being on the Board will allow me to use my experience and education to support a wonderful Hamilton charity and give back to my home community.
Chris Holtved of Burlington is Senior Portfolio Manager, Health Care of Ontario Pension Plan. Chris started with MPFH in 2012, is Past Chair of the Board and served on the Building Committee. Chris also volunteers with the Oakville Chamber of Commerce on the Government Relations and Advisory Committee. Reason for joining MPFH: To help carry on the sensational work the MPFH Board, staff and volunteers have accomplished to date in assisting families through difficult times.
Jim Murray of Hamilton is Manager, Health & Safety at ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. Jim Started with MPFH in 2012 and serves as Vice Chair and on the Policy Committee. Jim also volunteers with ArcelorMittal “Team Orange”, local community support associated with ArcelorMittal Corporate Community Investment Fund Committee (CCIFC). Reason for joining MPFH: ArcelorMittal Dofasco and its employees have always given back to the community within which it operates.  The Mark Preece Family House is a very meaningful effort that supports people in a time of very serious need.
Tom Cochren-2 Tom Cochren of Millgrove is owner of Thomas Cochren Homes in Waterdown. Tom joined the Board in 2012, chaired the Building Committee and serves on the Finance Committee. Tom also volunteers with the Home Builders’ Association and with the National Building Code.

Michael Veri of Burlington has been in the hospitality industry since 1974 and is the owner of Maccheroni Cucina Al Fresco in Hamilton. Michael has been with MPFH since 1996 and has served on the following committees: House, Golf, Building and Operations. Michael donates frequently to other local charities including Ronald McDonald House. Reason for joining MPFH: I have felt a lot of pride in seeing the house transformed from a vision to the real thing. It gives you such a great feeling to be part of it.

Tim Craik 2
Tim Craik resides in Burlington and is General Manager of GO Resilient Canada Div. of Ell Limited in Burlington. Tim joined MPFH in June, 2014 and serves on the Finance Committee.Tim has been a generous donor to the House since its inception.Reason for joining MPFH: Friend of Mark Preece
Leslie Gauthier of Ancaster is Executive Director, Clinical Support Services at Hamilton Health Sciences. Leslie started with MPFH in September 2011 and serves on the Policy committee. Reason for joining MPFH: Having worked at the hospital I truly believe in how important the role of the Mark Preece House is. Having a safe place to stay in very close proximity to your critically ill family is so important.
Vince Brown of Burlington is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Triovest, a national real estate
management and advisory firm. Vince has an MBA from McMaster University and is a member of numerous industry organizations including REALPAC, ICSC and NAIOP.Vince joined the MPFH board in 2016 and he sits on the Finance Committee.
His previous volunteer roles include sitting on the boards of Knox Presbyterian Church and Burlington Christian Academy.
Cheryl Stepan of Hamilton is a journalist — editor at The Hamilton Spectator (photo, Saturday, special projects, Hamilton Business magazine, editorial board). She joined the MPFH board in 2016 and serves on the Policy committee.
Cheryl’s other volunteer roles include Chair of Spec Kids Unlimited (The Hamilton Spectator’s charity for kids) and past member of the Dundas Valley School of Art Board of Governors.
Reason for joining MPFH:  I can imagine nothing more difficult than coping with a life-threatening situation for a loved one. The work that Mark Preece Family House does — providing a caring home during such a trying time – is so wonderful and important. It is a truly valuable organization and one that I am honoured to support with my time and energy.  I hope to learn and grow as part of the MPFH board, seeing and participating in the work they do.
Meaghan Drury of Hamilton works as a Communications Coordinator at Mohawk College. She joined the MPFH Board in June, 2017.
Meaghan’s other volunteer roles include acting as the social media coordinator with the Canusa Games, social media for Wearing of the Green Committee – honouring Hamilton’s Irish Person of the year, box office and usher with Hamilton Fringe Fest, coordinate volunteers at Hamilton Keg in support of MacKids, Event Planning Committee at the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Reason for joining MPFH: I’m interested in contributing to my community in new ways so, when this opportunity came to my attention, I thought it deserved a closer look. The fact that I had never heard of the Mark Preece House intrigued me. This is definitely a cause I think should be more well-known and I’d like to be part of it. Additionally, being in a board role will expand my skills and provide me with more information going forward.
Michelle Hutton of Hamilton works as the Regulatory Affairs Manager at Maple Leaf Consumer Foods. She joined the Board in June 2017.
Reason for joining MPFH:   joined MPFH as a volunteer.  I value the support and comfort the House offers its clients who are caring for loved ones in Hospital, as I endured similar circumstances with my daughter while she was a patient at SickKids.  After volunteering at the House, I was eager to expand my support and to contribute in other ways. 

 

House Staff

Pearl Wolfe Executive Director

Elaine Jongsma, Operations Coordinator