Everyone needs a place to live and people are happiest living in a home-like setting.
Affordable, accessible non-profit housing is in very short supply throughout Ontario and across the country. Governments everywhere are moving people with complex care needs out of hospitals and into community-based settings, further increasing the need for specialized facilities such as group housing.
March of Dimes Canada provides affordable and accessible housing to people with disabilities by operating five non-profit housing facilities in Ontario with attendant care services and personal living quarters and/or individual apartments.
Gregory Gittings was a resident at the Jean and Howard Caine Apartments in Oakville and his family established The Greggory Gittings Better Living Fund to pay tribute to Greg's passion for independent living and supportive housing for people with disabilities. The fund benefits the residents at the Jean and Howard Caine Apartments by providing meals, entertainment, excursions, activities and other programming that enhance the psychosocial and physical well-being of the residents.
The residents of the building were able to enjoy a number of activities including a trip to Niagara Falls, Ripley’s Aquarium, African Lion Safari, a theater show, Thanksgiving dinner and a Christmas celebration, that were made possible through the Gregory Gittings Better Living Fund.
Click here to make a donation to the Gregory Gittings Better Living Fund.
Thank you for your generosity and support of independent housing for people with disabilities.
Gregory Edward Gittings
May 14, 1964 - January 27, 2013
We felt great sadness at the passing of Greg Gittings.
Greg and his family - his parents, Ted and Joyce, and three sisters and brother, have been actively involved with March of Dimes for over thirty years. Greg was 48 years old. Although Greg had cerebral palsy, he did not let his disability stop him from living independently and enjoying life to the fullest. He will be dearly missed by March of Dimes’ staff and consumers.
Greg was a founding tenant of Ontario March of Dimes Non Profit Housing Corporation’s (NPHC) Jean & Howard Caine Apartment Building in Oakville, Ontario. The building is mixed-use, and was designed to integrate people living with disabilities into the community. Greg was a fixture in downtown Oakville, and was well-known and loved by local residents and merchants. The great success of the Jean and Howard Caine Apartments, led in part by Greg and his parents, has been the model for future buildings developed by NPHC.
Greg enjoying High Tea with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal at the 2007 Ability & Beyond Dinner.
Greg was an active participant in March of Dimes’ Recreation and Integration program, regularly attending the Summer Holiday Program at Geneva Park, taking trips through the Accessible Travel Program and enjoying a variety of outings throughout the Greater Toronto Area. He was a devoted hockey player for 28 years with the Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association. Greg participated in 1976 at the official opening of the Toronto CN Tower. In 2007, Greg attended our High Tea with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, (Princess Anne) as part of our Ability & Beyond Dinner.
Greg was beloved by his large family, and will be greatly missed by his parents, siblings, his eleven nieces and nephews and four great-nieces and nephews.
The family has inaugurated a fund to pay tribute to Greg and his passion for independent living and supportive housing for people with disabilities. Click here to make a memorial donation to the Gregory Gittings Better Living Fund at March of Dimes Canada’s Jean and Howard Caine Apartments.
Greg Gittings Honoured
Oakville’s 12th Annual Community Spirit Awards on June 12, 2013, honoured Greg Gittings posthumously with the Access Award, which recognizes a significant voluntary contribution to the well-being and advancement of people with disabilities.
Read the full Oakville Beaver article “Award winners show Community Spirit every day” by David Lea.