(BlackburnNews.com file photo)

Brockton mayor endorses future arrival of residential hospice

A request for a land donation was made to Brockton Council this week.

The request came from the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce organization, which has selected Brockton’s East Ridge Industrial Park as a site for a proposed six-bed hospice.

Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody said there are some next steps for council to follow.

“Next steps are to look at the zoning and the servicing, and then to assess a value on the donation, so we can make sure that everything is on the up and up with the government in terms of giving away land,” he said.

Mayor Peabody said the hospice will fit right into the community.

“We’ve had some good growth there in the last few years, the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, and our hotel and a number of other businesses. We think that the hospice will compliment, for example, the hotel and restaurant that are in the area,” he said.

Peabody, whose wife passed away at home from cancer 17 years ago, fully endorses the project and made a sizable commitment to it himself.

“If the hospice had been around in Walkerton at the time, it would have been a great asset, so I’m fully behind it as mayor, and personally, during my term as mayor, I will be donating $10,000 to the hospice,” he said.

Peabody added that his contribution will be to kick-start the fundraising for the new hospice.