The Ontario Finnish Resthome Foundation

Incorporated in 1992, The Ontario Finnish Resthome Foundation is the official fundraising body for the OFRA.Through various fund raising projects, memorials, donations, gifts, bequests, the Foundation has helped the OFRA with the cost of wheelchair repairs and provided such items as a ‘Snoezelen Light Therapy System’ (MKK), A Lifeline Emergency Call System (for Kotitalo residents) and new chairs for the Kestitupa dining room at Suomi Eesti Maja.

In 2007 the Foundation also purchased a new, larger bus/van for the use of all OFRA residents for various outings. When Mauno Kaihla Koti was in need of an addition and renovations, the Foundation committed to help and raised $300,000.00 towards the project. The ‘Friendship Rose Garden’ is a special project of the Foundation. Anyone can buy a rose bush and/or an engraved granite stone to honour and remember a loved one.

The Foundation also publishes a newsletter entitled “Around the Pond” to highlight their activities. Any and all donations of any amount are gratefully accepted to help with various needs of the Ontario Finnish Resthome Association.

Foundation Board of Directors

Tarja Loewen Chair
Warren Pihlaja Vice Chair
Andy Koskinen Treasurer
Emma Paat Secretary
Lori Lehtimaki Director
Viola Filipcic Director
Doreen Hyrsky Director
Vivienne Burns Director
Lilli Timusk Director
Margaret Trezins Director

For more information please contact the Foundation Fund Development Coordinator,

Margaret Gardner at (705) 945-9987 x257.