The official opening of Heidehof, on May 26, 1972, marked the end of a seven year journey to bring an idea to fruition.
On August 8, 1965, Mr. Emil Kutscha, the first president of the organization, came up with the idea of a German-Canadian home for the aged. Then a small group of men and women set to work with idealism and confidence and managed to fulfill the conditions required so that “Heidehof” could become a reality.
The most important events from the foundation day to the symbolic handing over of the golden key are recorded here in short:
On October, 4th, 1965, we obtained our charter from the province of Ontario and were therefore registered as a charitable organization under the legal name “Benevolent Society Heidehof for the Care of the Aged.”
Under the leadership of Mr. Heinz Lakeit, who was president from 1966 – 1969, provisions were made to hold fundraising bingo nights regularly at “Club Heidelberg.” The Trans Canada Alliance of German Canadians kindly donated flights to Germany as prizes for dances and lotteries . Mr. Frank Lehnert also started a donation drive, with little success however, so the idea of a German-Canadian home for the aged had to wait a little longer to materialize.
At the 4th Annual General Meeting on the 22nd of June, 1969, Sigmund Hildebrandt was elected president and one month later he called a meeting of the board of directors to decide on the purchase of real estate. This effort also failed.