First, the tour is very pleased to have the Honourable Brian Tobin, P.C., O.C as the Honorary Chair of the 2013 tour. He has a personal connection to the Hospice.
“The Hospice’s care of my brother, Terry, and his family two years ago was so very comforting. Serving as Honorary Chair is one way I can express our family’s appreciation for that care and to encourage support for hospice services in Ottawa.”
Mr. Tobin is the Vice-Chair of BMO Capital Markets and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In addition to the new chair, several important and exciting changes to the feel and format of this year’s tour are also being made. As in past tours, six area homes have been selected, three of which will be exquisitely decorated by Ottawa florists. What’s different this year is that the other three will each be decorated reflecting a specific seasonal theme. Visitors will find all the homes more enticing than ever!
The boutique too is being rethought. Visitors will be able to browse the new Holiday PopUp Shop – at a surprise location – and find just the gift they’re looking for. What’s more, some of Ottawa’s best food purveyors are developing signature preserves, sauces, chutneys and other goodies to make that holiday meal just perfect! And, visitors will be able to stay for a coffee or tea.
Tour organizers are hoping this year’s tour will be the best ever as it supports the important work of The Hospice at May Court which provides end-of-life care free of charge, and in a home-like setting, to some 600 people and their families each year.
The official launch for the Homes for the Holidays tour takes place at the Hospice on October 7, 2013, and ticket sales start of that date too.
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