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The Hummingbird Centre for HOPE was founded in 2011 by
Marny Williams Balodis and Beth E.C. Bailey.

Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the centre has been established in memory of our husbands: Keith Williams (1956 – 2002) and Scott Bailey (1969 – 2006). The Hummingbird Centre for HOPE is a legacy built in honour of our four children.

Marny Williams Balodis
Marny Williams BalodisFounder
In 2002, after a short six week battle with cancer, my husband, Keith, died. I became a widow at the age of 30 and the only parent to two children, a son 3 years and a daughter 3 months old. I entered a journey that I was completely unprepared for. With the support of family and friends, joining local support groups and learning about grief, I have been able to recreate my world and create a new life for me and my children. I have since been blessed to meet someone new and was married in 2007 and the following year we welcomed a child into our family.
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Beth E.C. Bailey
Beth E.C. BaileyFounder
In 2006, after an 8 month battle with brain cancer, Beth’s husband Scott died. She became a widow at the age of 36 and the only parent to two children, a son 3 years and a daughter 13 months old. Since Scott’s death, her journey has been filled with self-discovery and learning. Beth has always believed that “information is power” and continues to educate herself about grief and bereavement …. for both herself and her children. It is Beth’s hope that, as a family, they can live fulfilling lives while remembering Scott and keeping him close in their hearts. Beth is a “hockey and cheerleading mom” and continues to learn the intricacies of each sport. She is very proud of her children, and cherishes the joy they bring to life, each and every day.
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