Our Story

Our Mission

To provide care, support and education to grieving children, youth and their families around death and dying, while building strength, resilience and hope.

Our Vision

To build healthy and compassionate communities to support children, youth and families living with dying, death and grief.

Our History

January 1

Our Origins

The Max and Beatrice Wolfe Centre for Children’s Grief and Palliative Care and the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Program were established in 2006 to meet an identified gap in psychosocial support services for children and youth who were dying and whose lives were touched by the death of parent or sibling. The Centre and its programs were initially made possible through the generous support of the Max and Beatrice Wolfe Foundation and the Dr. Jay Charitable Foundation under the direction and development of Dr. Larry Librach (Founder and Director of the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care until his death). Early supporters dedicated to the success of the Centre also included the Christine Wood Grant Foundation, and many others who contributed to the program in memory of their loved ones, such as the family of Samantha Posen Young.

November 12

Family Nights

The Centre introduced its first series of Family Events, including an ArtWorks series and the first ever Gingerbread Night. The DJCGC’s Family Support Program now connects approximately 280 children, youth, parents and caregivers a year and the Gingerbread Night in December had 130 family members in attendance in one night.

September 27

Camp Erin Toronto

With support from the Moyer and Jays Care Foundations, the first Camp Erin-Toronto was facilitated. In 2009, 55 children attended our first Camp Erin-Toronto with118 campers in attendance in 2017!

November 12

Youth Programs

With the generous support of KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation, the Centre offerred its first Youth Program for bereaved adolescents between 13-18 yrs. With the initial engagement of 12 youth, the program has doubled in size to provide programming to more than 24 youth in 2017.

November 12

Charitable Status

After a lengthy process to determine the best path forward to ensure the Centre’s continued growth and development, the Centre achieved charitable status and become its own independent organization as the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre. With guidance from the Centre’s Advisory Committee and a new board of directors, along with vital support from donors and a significant commitment from the Dr. Jay Charitable Foundation, the DJCGC left Mt. Sinai Hospital and moved to a new location at 82 Lombard Ave, Toronto.

November 12

Harold Heft Award for Outstanding Volunteerism

Introduction of the Harold Heft Award for Outstanding Volunteerism named in honour of the late Harold Heft, an extraordinary person and long-time advocate and volunteer of the Centre. This award will be presented annually to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of an outstanding volunteer.

September 7

Our New Home

We spent much of 2017 searching for a new home for the Centre that would have the larger space needed to serve the increasing number of families who were seeking our support. With limited funding, finding this special space proved very challenging. However, like our families, we were resilient and persevered throughout this important search. In April of 2018 we secured a beautiful new space at 250 Davisville Avenue and by May 1st we had moved in. Our new home is bigger and brighter and able to support the growing needs of our community while we as a team grow in support of the great work being done at the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre.