Who we are

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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

Our Mission

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.


Our Vision

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.






Our Team

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.

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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.

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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.

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Jacquie McDougall - Board Member

Jacquie has over 20 years of experience in business management. She owned and managed two sales and distribution companies; one in the US and the other in Canada, which sold industrial products across multiple industries.  After selling both companies to the German manufacturer she has remained with both companies in the role of Chief Operating Officer. 

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Catherine Héroux - Board Member

Catherine is a bilingual communications & digital strategist with two decades of agency experience launching, building, promoting and protecting national and global brands. Her innovative content strategies have won awards for creativity and results.


As a leader and member of national and global Integrated Agency Teams, Catherine collaborated in the creation of several multi-channel, business-driven campaigns for some of Canada and the world’s best-known organizations. Over the course of her career, Catherine has worked with the Mayo Clinic, Procter & Gamble (P&G), PayPal, Interac Association, Pfizer, Sanofi, Fresenius Kabi, Kruger, RONA, Diageo, Toyota, CARA Operations, Yum! Restaurants, Cadbury and Kraft, to name a few.


A Montreal native, Catherine has been living in Toronto for twenty-five years. In her free time, she volunteers at Toronto’s St.Michael's Hospital Emergency Department, contributes to the St. Michael’s Hospital Patient Family Partner Council and is a board member of The Healing Cycle Foundation. Catherine has a passion for patient empowerment and hopes to help The Healing Cycle Foundation continue to generate funds, awareness and goodwill for the needs of hospice palliative care in Ontario.

Mallory McGrath - Board Member

Mallory McGrath is the Founder & CEO of Viive Planning, a company that focuses on working collaboratively with their clients and families to plan for the aging & end-of-life process. After more than a decade working as litigation law clerk and seeing families devastated by the litigation process, Mallory identified a gap in the market and decided to work with families to help them avoid potential estate litigation in the future. As a female entrepreneur, she strives to unite families, create open & honest conversation amongst loved ones and change the societal mindset about aging & end-of-life planning.

She is no stranger to working with not-for-profits and fundraising for causes she holds dear. Mallory has hosted events for SickKids Foundation, Town Hall 1873 - Centre for the Performing Arts, and numerous community theatre organizations. A native of 
Port Perry, ON, Mallory knows the value of working within a community built in and around a hospice. Providing community, family and loved one support to those involved and living in hospice care is crucial and Mallory looks forward to contributing to The Healing Cycle Foundation. 

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Colin Hayes - Digital Marketing

Joining us in December 2019, Colin Hayes is the most recent addition to The Healing Cycle Foundation family. He has a deep-rooted passion and excitement for helping others in his community. He is a graduate of the esteemed Sport and Event Marketing post-graduate program at George Brown College.


Colin’s extensive non-profit background derives from his involvement with some of GTA’s most reputable charities, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Epilepsy Ontario and the Pinblal Clemons Foundation.

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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. 


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.


Financial Statements

View our historical financial statements below.


See the list of Ontario hospices we have supported

over the years.


During its first six years, the Foundation focused on raising funds to fulfill a $1,000,000 pledge to the palliative care unit at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga. The pledge was completed in 2011 and the unit is named in the Foundation’s honour.


  • Acclaim Health
  • Algoma Residential Community Hospice
  • Alliance Hospice
  • Bethell Hospice
  • Better Living Charitable Foundation
  • The Bridge Hospice
  • Caregiving Matters
  • Carpenter Hospice
  • Casey House
  • Chip Charitable Services
  • Circle of Home Care Services
  • Credit Valley Hospital Foundation
  • Darling Home for Kids
  • Doane House Hospice
  • Dorothy Ley Hospice
  • Evergreen Hospice
  • Hazel Burns Hospice
  • Healing with Smiles
  • Heart House Hospice
  • Hospice Dufferin
  • Hospice Georgian Triangle
  • Hospice Kawartha Lakes
  • Hospice North Hastings
  • Hospice Thornhill
  • Hospice of Waterloo Region
  • Hospice Peterborough
  • Hospice Palliative Care Ontario
  • Hospice Prince Edward
  • Hospice Renfrew
  • Hospice Wellington
  • Ian Anderson House
  • Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto
  • Kensington Hospice
  • Lisaard House
  • Losing Our Parents
  • Maison Vale Hospice
  • Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation
  • Matthews House Hospice
  • Mount Pleasant Group for Better Living
  • Near North Palliative Care Network
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care
  • Norfolk General Hospital Foundation
  • North Perth Hospice
  • Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation
  • ​Oakville Hospital Foundation
  • Order of St. Lazarus
  • Ottawa Hospice Services
  • Outcare Foundation
  • Perram House
  • Philip Aziz Centre / Emily's House
  • PCU at St. Michael's Hospital
  • Roger's House
  • Sakura House - VON Oxford
  • Scarborough
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation
  • South Huron Hospital Foundation
  • St. Joseph's Lifecare Foundation
  • St. Michael's Hospital
  • Stedman Community Hospice
  • Team Hospice Dufferin
  • Toronto Grace Health Centre
  • Toronto Commandery Hospice
  • Townsend Smith Foundation
  • Trillium Health Partners
  • VON Durham Hospice


  • Bethell Hospice
  • Carpenter Hospice
  • Dorothy Ley Hospice
  • Evergreen Hospice
  • Hazel Burns Hospice
  • Heart House Hospice
  • Hospice Toronto
  • Hospice Dufferin
  • Ian Anderson Hospice
  • Kay Blair Hospice
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care Services
  • Rohan Pais Trust
  • St. Peter's Hospital
  • Trillium Health Partners Foundation
  • VON Durham Hospice
  • Unity Health Toronto