To build a community of hope for those who are widowed with children
Hummingbird Centre for Hope (HCH) was established in 2012 to meet the unique and evolving needs of individuals who lose their spouse or partner at a young age, and encounter themselves shouldering the responsibility of raising a child or children as a widowed parent. In an environment of hope and understanding, HCH provides life long support to widowed parents with dependent children to meet their emotional, social, financial and spiritual needs as their grief may manifest in different ways throughout the life journey. HCH provides tools, knowledge, strength and courage to widowed parents so that they can create a renewed sense of self and rebuild the lives and dreams of their young families.
The history of HCH is intertwined with the personal history of its founders Marny Williams-Balodis and Beth Bailey. Marny and Beth founded the HCH in memory of their deceased spouses, respectively Keith Williams (1956-2002) and Scott Bailey (1969-2006) whose vibrant lives were tragically and unexpectedly cut short. Both Marny and Beth lost their spouses to cancer while they were in their 30s. They met at a bereavement support group and formed an instant bond. During their conversations, they recognized the unique and extraordinary hardships young parents face when they lose their spouse and become sole guardian for their families in grief. This realization eventually led to the establishment of HCH which is a legacy built in honour of their four children.