KAWARTHA LAKES-A Place Called Home dedicated one of their newly renovated housing units in memory of employee Dyan Wallace. The memorial plaque was presented to Dyan’s husband, Peter Wallace and her two children, Haleigh and Evan on November 30th in Lindsay.
Dyan Wallace was an employee with A Place Called Home for five years until she passed away from Cancer. Dave Tilley shares “Dyan was an ever-positive presence, the glue keeping our agency’s administration together and a valued member of the A Place Called Home Team. In the history of the agency, we have never lost an employee and we wanted to make sure her contributions to our agency were recognized. This building will bring safety, comfort and stability to those struggling with poverty in our community and will be a testament to her courage and kindness”.
A Place Called Home” re-dedicated “another century building as “Pinto House”, in honour of Founding Chair Zita Devan and in special memory of a young man’s plight with homelessness who was forced to sleep in an unlocked 1978 Pinto car when no other shelter could be found. Zita attempted to find shelter for this young man but there was none to be found, shining a light on our community’s need for emergency shelter, over 25 years ago. Tilley says this was the catalyst for A Place Called Home and why the building was named Pinto House.
For those interested in learning more about A Place Called Home and the services they provide, please visit: https://www.apch.ca/ .