Our Orthodontists Dr. Sarah Davidson and Dr. Dan Stuart are very involved in community support and in particular their support with various children’s charities in the Halifax and surrounding areas. They see many youth on a daily basis and recognize the importance of all the hard work and dedication that goes into making sure their young patients have the help they need, when they need it. The Laing House is no exception and the Masquerade Ball gives supporters a chance to have some fun, mingle with friends and support a great cause. Just how did Laing House come to be?
Rosemary and Keith Hamilton knew something was wrong with their son. His behaviour had changed, and he was isolating himself from his friends and family.
While the Hamiltons were struggling to help their child, Rosemary’s mother, Norah Laing, passed away and left a generous bequest. They knew just what they should do.
The Hamiltons started talking to the community about what was lacking in the system. Along with friends and colleagues, they also researched youth-based mental health services across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Through the bequest, the Hamiltons were able to purchase a Victorian House on Barrington Street. Laing House opened the doors in 2001 and became the first youth-based peer support organization in Canada.
For the first two years the Hamiltons fully funded operations. The organization has grown since that time and funding sources now include the United Way, corporations, grants, individual donations and their signature special event – the Laing House Masquerade Ball.
Without their vision and hard work, youth with mental illness would not have a place to find supportive peers. And they also would not be able to benefit from programs like education and employment, art, meals, camping and more.
We are grateful to have this in our community.