A Garden at Grand River’s Withdrawal Management Centre Will Be a Healing Space for Patients and Their Families
On the last weekend in May, friends, families and members of the community came together to be a part of a very special project: planting a garden at Grand River Hospital’s Withdrawal Management Centre in memory of Andy Bruce.
Andy’s generous spirit had a profound impact on the people around him, and he had a strong connection to the Withdrawal Management Centre at Grand River Hospital. It was a place where he often sought support throughout the 15+ years he struggled with alcoholism, and he had come to value the people he met there as mentors and personal friends. He was also known for his kind heart and his affinity for helping others. He would look out for newcomers, taking them to AA meetings, inviting them out socially and keeping in good touch to see how they were doing. During times when he was working and doing well, Andy would visit the Withdrawal Management Centre every pay day to donate clothes and toiletries for patients who needed them.