Who we are
The Healing Cycle Foundation funds and empowers the hospice palliative care community and champions the right of all Canadians to dignity, compassion, and quality in end-of-life care.
Our aim is to support hospice palliative care programs that compassionately uphold the quality of end-of-life care and foster the vision that palliative individuals can live every day to the fullest with dignity, meaning, and hope.
We believe in whole-person care, where services are provided within a seamless, integrated community of physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual support.
Through the outreach initiatives of our Foundation, we support the accessibility of hospice palliative care services with the hope that one day it will be made available to all Canadians travelling the end-of-life journey.
Accountability | Collaboration | Compassion | Integrity | Respect | Volunteerism
To generate support for hospice palliative care programs in Ontario, enabling them to provide quality end-of-life care for people with terminal illnesses and their loved ones.
People with terminal illnesses and their loved ones have access to high-quality hospice palliative care in a seamless, integrated community of physical, emotional, social and spiritual support.
Ron Kassies - Chair
Ron Kassies is a Financial Advisor at IPC Investment Corporation and works with his clients to set realistic and comfortable retirement plans. Prior to this, Ron was involved with a financial services startup at EWA Capital Partners. He was also Vice President of Business Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Investment Planning Counsel for ten years and before that held a variety of financial leadership roles in the retail industry including the Club Monaco and Footlocker brands. Ron has been participating in the Healing Cycle Ride since 2010 and was a Top 10 Fundraiser numerous times. He joined The Healing Cycle Foundation in 2013 as a member of the Advisory Committee, was elected to the Board in 2014, and became Board Chair in 2015. Ron was also the past Chair of the Glenway Preservation Association, helping a group of residents fight the development of the golf course community in which they used to live.
Gary Mistak - Vice Chair
Gary Mistak has extensive experience both domestically and internationally in the Communications Infrastructure products market. Currently the Senior Vice President of Anixter Canada Inc., he is responsible for the sales and profitability of the Enterprise Cabling & Security Solutions division. Throughout his career he has held a number of roles of increasing responsibility and geographic scope and has been recognized on numerous occasions for sales and operational target achievements. A graduate of the Commerce program at Queen’s University, Gary also holds a CPA, CMA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
An avid sports fan and participant, Gary has experience coaching youth activities. He recently completed a long-term Board assignment for the Lake Association where he owns a cottage. He joined The Healing Cycle Foundation in 2013 as a member of the Advisory Committee and was elected to the Board in 2014.
Helen Krapf-Jones - Secretary
Helen has recently returned to Toronto after spending the past four years as the Chief Operating Officer for Artex, a privately held, national fine art services company headquartered in Washington, DC. Helen’s 25-year business background includes leadership roles spanning a wide spectrum of industries and covering various stages of company growth - from start-up to acquisition. Today, she works as a strategic advisor to a select group of business owners of privately held companies; assisting them to realize their company’s potential. She holds an MBA Ivey School of Business – Western University and a combined BA (Economics & Law) from Carleton University.
On a personal note, Helen has welcomed the opportunity to become a member of the Healing Cycle Board in 2019 and contribute to the Board’s efforts in supporting hospice palliative care.
Robert Jessup-Ramsay - Board Member
Robert Jessup-Ramsay is deeply committed to palliative hospice care in Ontario. He has worked as a senior Human Resources leader who has worked extensively in the public and private sectors, including leading his own strategic HR consulting business.. He has a Master of Applied Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Robert has written for Carswell Publishing's Best Practices: Strategic Human Resources Management; and co-authored the book, “HR Managers’ Guide to Employee Wellness Programs”. In addition to being a Board Member of TCHF, he is a palliative care and bereavement volunteer at Dorothy Ley Hospice.
Jane Hilder - Administrator
Jane has been with the Healing Cycle Foundation since 2018 and has enjoyed working directly with the hospices and palliative care units that are part of the Healing Cycle Foundation Family.
As a British Columbia native, Jane graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in English and Business in 2013 and has a wide range of experience in fundraising, non profit work and event execution. In 2017, upon moving to Toronto, Jane completed the Fundraising Management Certificate at Ryerson University and has been working alongside several non profits groups ever since. She is currently pursuing her MBA at McMaster School of Business
Jane has a keen interest in serving her community and has worked with various organizations over the last 12 years including Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA, SD57 Aboriginal Education Department, Youth Without Shelter and the Pinball Clemons Foundation.
See the list of Ontario hospices we have supported
over the years.