The hummingbird: a symbol of hope
The Hummingbird Centre for Hope is dedicated to the memories of Keith Williams and Scott Bailey—the late husbands of Hummingbird’s founders Marny Williams-Balodis and Beth EC Bailey. Having experienced the loss of a spouse first-hand, Marny and Beth understand the nature of grief.
To them, the hummingbird’s characteristics are reminiscent of the journey experienced by young parents who are coping with the death of their spouse. The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards, side to side, hover in one place or move forward, reflecting the fact that grief is never a linear journey. The bird uses it’s long beak to bypass the outer bitterness of the flower and reach deep to find the nectar and beauty that exists inside.