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Casey House has never just done what everyone else is doing. Its unique role as a centre of excellence and innovation in HIV health care is what distinguished Casey House from the beginning. This reputation continues today, and I believe that it will continue into the future, through all the changes ahead.

– Scott Mullin, Vice President of Community Relations at TD Bank; Casey House Leadership Donor and Former Board Member

TD Bank has supported Casey House through our long-standing community engagement in signature fundraising events such as Art With Heart, as well as a significant recent gift for the new building construction. We also have many employees of TD who are individual donors to Casey House, including myself.

Over the past 15 years I’ve held roles on various committees and boards at Casey House and I’ve seen the organization adapt to the evolution of HIV. When Casey House was founded, it was as a loving, compassionate place to deliver care for people – mostly young gay men – in their last weeks on earth. There were no treatments and nearly all the care was palliative. Casey House developed a strong reputation for end of life care, and that reputation is still strong.

But today, the care that Casey House delivers has become more wide-ranging, for a much more complex population. Today, if someone has access to HIV treatment, they can expect to live a long time. But those are not the people who need Casey House. The people who are referred to Casey House are dealing not only with HIV, but also with various cancers or pain, depression, mental illness or addiction – there is a whole host of illnesses that can make HIV very hard to treat. It’s these people that Casey House cares for.

So despite all the changes Casey House has remained consistent with its founding vision – treating the people in our community who are the most alone, the most marginalized, the most sick.

This history of excellence creates an extraordinary opportunity for Casey House, as a strong foundation for the future. It will be supported by the shift to the new building, which in itself is so transformative in the way the space will enable the new approach to care and go a long way, as a physical space, to advancing community understanding and perception of what Casey House does today, with a strong presence on Jarvis Street.

A highlight for me was my role on the architectural selection committee for the new facility along with Chris Kelly, another long-time supporter of Casey House. We were all terrifically committed to remaining true to the original ethos of Casey House aesthetically, knowing that the founders took great care, despite limited resources, to ensure that the space for care at 9 Huntley Street would be beautiful. We knew it was important to preserve that focus on good design. So in choosing the architecture firm for the new site, we took care to ensure that they would bring us an interesting signature design, in addition to excellence in function. I think we got that with the design from Hariri Pontarini.

Change is inevitable and necessary to life. But to be successful, that change has to be built on a strong foundation. Building on strengths is something at which both TD Bank and Casey House have been highly successful. It requires consistency in your values and commitment to the people you serve, even as you respond to a changing environment and look ahead to what tomorrow will bring.

One quality of Casey House that I know has not changed is the excellence of their staff. They are a strong group of dedicated professionals who go the extra mile in providing service for clients. I think that this is one of the key strengths of Casey House: they really do walk the talk. We speak of compassion and dignity when we talk about Casey House’s reputation, and they deliver on this promise. Everyone at Casey House should be very proud of that.

Casey House has never just done what everyone else is doing. Its unique role as a centre of excellence and innovation in HIV health care is what distinguished Casey House from the beginning. This reputation continues today, and I believe that it will continue into the future, through all the changes ahead.