In March 2012, the Foundation announced that it had received the largest bequest in its history. The estate of Gaston Fontaine left $675,000 to help the Foundation realize its plan to improve meals delivery services for residents of La Pietà and Foyer du Bonheur.
ABOUT MR. GASTON FONTAINE
A lawyer, Mr. Gaston Fontaine was the son of the late Joseph-Éloi Fontaine, a doctor and politician who lived from 1865 to 1930. Dr. Fontaine was also a city of Hull alderman and then mayor from 1909 to 1910. Having inherited from his father, Mr. Gaston Fontaine in turn died on June 10, 1957. In his will, he left a bequest in his father’s memory. In accordance with his father’s wishes, the residual bequest ($675,000, to be given after the death of his spouse) was to be used to help seniors living in Hull nursing homes.
This exceptional donation helped the Gatineau Health Foundation fund a unique project with a significant impact on 450 La Pietà and Foyer du Bonheur residents: the improvement of meal periods. The bequest allowed us to buy a number of high quality hospital food trolleys. Meals are now served at the right temperature and in a timely manner. It was also possible to refit eating areas in the dining rooms so that residents can get the help they need to feed themselves in a pleasant atmosphere that stimulates the appetite. In honour of Mr. Gaston Fontaine’s unexpected but generous donation, the Foundation has installed two permanent recognition plaques (one at La Pietà, and the other at Foyer du Bonheur).