Alido Di Iorio, who was re-diagnosed with brain cancer in 1997,
founded the vision for Gitche M'Qua Centre. Alido's living and
dying was a testimony that healing could happen at any moment.
During his journey he used a wide variety of holistic therapies
that supported his deep commitment to healing himself. This
transformation led him to his vision of building a country
retreat centre as a place where community could seek healing,
nourishment, and inner spiritual values through connecting to
the land. His vision remains the basis of our work, and his
death provided us with another legacy we hold in our hearts
Alido died in 1998, surrounded by prayers and loving community.
His death revealed how one man's commitment to healing himself,
and through the help of many, that death could indeed be a
healing one. Today, his wife, Angela, together with her
new partner, Andrew, continue his legacy.
Along the way:
Our starting point was creating a charitable organization with a
city-based centre in our home, where we continue to provide
opportunities for study and enrichment. As a community of lay and
professionals in the healthcare/healing professions, we developed
programs and invited teachers which focused on understanding
compassionate care of the dying, meditation and contemplation to
inform our work, and self-care as a basis for healthy care-giving.
currently concentrate in three major areas: End-of-Life Care
Training Program and Education around Death and Dying, Meditation and
Contemplative Studies, and Healing Arts. By incorporating new
capacities to establish core funding and fundraising, like this Alido Di
Iorio Golf Tournament, we look forward to expanding our services and
training to reach the ever-expanding needs of an aging population.
Without your excitement and participation, Alido's dream remains only a
thought. Through your support of this tournament, his dream
becomes a reality, knowing that inevitably each of us will face illness
and death, and through his legacy we can find peace, acceptance and even
healing, in our living and dying.
M'Qua Centre for Healing and Dying is a charitable organization that
brings awareness and compassion to exploring our relationship to how we
are living and dying.
mission is to provide education, i.e. lectures, retreats and workshops,
as well as establishing training and counselling for individuals and
their communities facing illness or death. Our End-of-Life program was
designed to train lay and professionals working with the dying, and our
other programs enhance this work by offering tools to support our well
about understanding healing and dying. It is looking at the simple truth
that everyone dies, and then asking how can we help our loved ones die
peacefully. Since none of us escapes death, we believe it is important
to prepare ourselves to assist one another at this important juncture of
life. Dying can, we have learned, have a quality of healing, as we
accept that curing an illness is not always possible. Healing fosters
the qualities of acceptance, understanding, and love, as we make sense
of our how we are living or how we are dying.