Hummingbird Centre for Hope

Our Founders

A community of hope for widowed families.

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

Marny Williams Balodis
Founder
Executive Director

In 2002, after a short six week battle with cancer, Marny’s husband, Keith Williams, died.  She 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.

Approximately three years after her husband’s death, Marny felt she was in a place where she wanted to give back to the bereavement community. The founding of the Hummingbird Centre for Hope is one step in this work to help others. Since her loss, Marny has facilitated many support groups with a variety of different needs.

Beth E.C. Bailey
Founder
Board Chair

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. Beth’s hope has always been that she and her children live fulfilling lives while remembering Scott and keeping him close in their hearts. Beth is a very proud “hockey and cheerleading mom” and cherishes the joy her children bring to life.