No one should be alone“ – Aldo Mantini

History of Wellspring Niagara

Wellspring Niagara opened its doors on June 6, 2001, with the aim to provide free programming to meet the emotional, psychological, informational and social needs of individuals and their families impacted by cancer.

The centre was established by Niagara resident, Aldo Mantini, who lost his life to cancer at the age of 31. Aldo had inspired many members of the community to work together to bring Wellspring to Niagara. Today, Wellspring Niagara provides a wide range of programs to men, women, and children living in the Niagara region.

Wellspring Niagara is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that solely relies on the financial support of the community it serves, the Niagara region.

Key Dates

Anne Armstrong Gibson is diagnosed with cancer. The idea of Wellspring is born and an advisory committee is established.
Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation is registered as a non-profit organization.
Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation's first centre, the Coach House, opens in Toronto, ON.
Anne Armstrong Gibson dies.
Wellspring Westerkirk House opens in Toronto, ON.
Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House in Oakville, ON opens.
Wellspring's first affiliate organization opens in London, ON - Wellspring London.
Wellspring's next affiliate organization opens in Niagara, ON - Wellspring Niagara.
Wellspring Centre of Innovation is founded.
Wellspring's first Alberta affiliate opens - Wellspring Calgary.
A Wellspring affiliate organization is formed in Brampton, ON - Wellspring Chinguacousy.
Another Alberta affiliate organization opens - Wellspring Edmonton.
Wellspring starts to offer online programs, available across Canada.
Wellspring Calgary and Wellspring Edmonton kick-off plans to expand their reach to rural Albertans.
Wellspring Calgary and Wellspring Edmonton merge into a provincial-wide organization - Wellspring Alberta.
Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation begins to offer programming within select Toronto hospitals.

History of Wellspring

Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation was founded in 1992 by Anne Armstrong Gibson.

Wellspring is a registered charitable organization that relies entirely on donations from generous individuals, foundations, sponsors and corporations to sustain its programs and services. Wellspring receives no core government or hospital funding. Wellspring Niagara is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization. 

Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation operates through a network of centres based in communities throughout Southern Ontario and Calgary. Each Wellspring centre offers similar programming and services, which have been tailored to the unique needs of the community it serves.

Each Wellspring centre is a separate legal entity, responsible for its own funding, and governed by its own Board of Directors, with the exception of the 4 centres in the Greater Toronto area (Wellspring Downtown Toronto, Wellspring Westerkirk House, Wellspring Chinguacousy and Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House).

All Wellspring centres adhere to Wellspring’s values, model, and quality review processes.

Wellspring Niagara’s Charitable Registration # 86414 6162 RR0001


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