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History

Concerned Friends was born on September 7, 1980 when Betty Hatt and 15 concerned people met in response to a notice Ms. Hatt placed in the Globe and Mail. Her ad asked, simply, if others were appalled by the lack of care their loved ones were receiving in nursing homes.

The group’s second meeting, a month later, attracted representatives from the Registered Nurses Association, Patient’s Rights, the Mayor’s Task Force on the Disabled and Elderly, and two reporters from the Globe and Mail. This diverse and enthusiastic group researched every aspect of nursing homes, launched a newsletter, mounted a widespread publicity and membership campaign, developed organizational by-laws, and, in 1982, incorporated as a non-profit registered charitable organization.

Click here to read a 2011 interview with Concerned Friends’ 94 year-old founder Betty Hatt.