Historical Chart

Historical Chart

1874       The Women’s Christian Association formed for the distribution of charity, and the care of the poor and the sick.

1875       The Women’s Christian Association officially incorporated.

1876       Soup Kitchen opened in the Market Square.  The Women’s Refuge and Infants Home opened on Grey Street.

1886       Home for Aged Women opened at the corner of King and Waterloo streets.

1888       Responsibility assumed for the Old Men’s Home.

1892       Home for Aged Women joined with Home for Aged Men at the corner of Richmond and Victoria streets. Name changed to Aged People’s Home.

1894       Home for Incurables opened at Hamilton Road and Egerton Street.

1903       Home for Incurables moved to Dundas Street and renamed Victoria Home for Incurables.

1921       Victoria Home for Incurables moved to Grand Avenue.

1926       Aged People’s Home renamed the McCormick Home for the Aged.  New wing added to the McCormick Home.

1927       The Victoria Home for Incurables renamed Parkwood Hospital for Incurables.

1953       Official opening of the West Wing of Parkwood Hospital, replacing the original 100-year-old building.

1964       Sod-turning ceremony held for the construction of the north-east wing of the new McCormick Home.

1967       Official opening of the McCormick Home.

1974       100th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Women’s Christian Association.

1977       Glassed-in front entrance, beauty parlor, laundry, TV scanners and auxiliary generator added to McCormick Home.

1979       Day Hospital officially opened at Parkwood Hospital.

1980       Parkwood Hospital accepted responsibility for the care of Veterans.

1981       Sketch plans for new Parkwood Hospital accepted by Ministry of Health.

1982       Contract awarded to build the new Parkwood Hospital in two years for $35,549,500.

1983       McCormick Home reconstruction completed.

1984       The new Parkwood Hospital officially opened without debt.

1986       Alzheimer Community Support Services is created at Parkwood Hospital.

1987       Sod-turning ceremony held for the new Western Counties Wing.

1989       Official opening of the Arthur J. Hobbins Building.  Official opening of the new Western Counties Wing by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

1991       Alzheimer Community Support Services is moved from Parkwood Hospital to McCormick Home and later becomes Alzheimer Outreach Services of McCormick Home.

1995       The WCA receives a Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award for 121 years of service from the YMCA-YWCA.

1997       Mayor Dianne Haskett proclaimed June 18-25 Women’s Christian Association of London Awareness Week.  WCA is ordered by the Health Services Restructuring Commission to relinquish to the St. Joseph’s Health Centre the ownership, operation, management and control of Parkwood Hospital.

1998       McCormick Home is designated a “D” facility by the Ministry of Health Long Term Care Division, requiring a rebuild or major renovations.

1999       Wellspring London and Region formed as a division of the WCA.

2000       The WCA commits to rebuilding McCormick Home.

2002       Site selected for new McCormick Home and Alzheimer Outreach Services.

2004       Sod-turning ceremony is held for the new McCormick Home.  130th Anniversary of Incorporation of the Women’s Christian Association.

2006       The new McCormick Home is completed and officially opened at the corner of Oxford Street and Kains Road.

2008       Wellspring London and Region expands to provide additional program space and improved accessibility to all programs.

2011       WCA facilitates Wellspring London and Region’s transition to a stand alone charitable organization and enters into a service agreement with the YMCA of Western Ontario.

2012       WCA announces its ten-year goal to be a leader in dementia care.

2015       WCA changes its public name to McCormick Care Group.

2016       McCormick Care Group launches new brand identity for McCormick Home and McCormick Dementia Services.  McCormick Dementia Research is established.

 

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