Established in Memory of Madeline Grace German Coulter
“The brightest of stars are those who shine for the benefit of others.”
The Maddie Project was established in April 2015, in memory of Madeline Grace German Coulter.
Treasured daughter of Nicole German and Chris Coulter and beloved big sister to Zachary and Sawyer, Maddie died suddenly at the age of 14. Depression took her young life.
From their tragedy, Maddie’s family has channelled their grief into creating The Maddie Project to support youth struggling with depression and other mental health related concerns.
In recognition of the care that Maddie received at North York General, The Maddie Project is supporting North York General Foundation’s $8 million campaign to transform the historic hospital-owned Phillips House estate and grounds into a leading-edge facility for child and adolescent outpatient mental health care, unlike any other in Canada.
As a major regional provider of child and adolescent mental health care, North York General plays a critical role in the continuum of care provided to children and families in our community and across the GTA. The redevelopment of Phillips House positions North York General to re-imagine how child and adolescent mental health care is provided in our community and beyond.
Children and youth are particularly sensitive to their health care environments. That's why North York General has prioritized the need to amalgamate the child and adolescent outpatient services from both the main site and the Finch Street site into one purpose-built space. The redevelopment of Phillips House will create an improved space for our outpatient mental health services - unlike any other in Canada.
With space to accommodate community-based service partners, Phillips House will also host the day school classes that are provided to patients of the General Mental Health Day Hospital. Patients in the Eating Disorders Day Hospital will have access to a communal kitchen, where they can cook and eat together with their families as they build healthy relationships with food.
The Maddie Project will raise $1 million to develop the grounds of Phillips House into a beautiful therapeutic garden, to be named in Maddie’s honour. Maddie’s Healing Garden will be a sanctuary for children and youth, and a lasting and meaningful tribute to Maddie.
Maddie loved the outdoors and often spoke of wishing for a place where she and the other children in her program could exercise outside. The redevelopment of the 1.2 acres of lush green space surrounding Phillips House will offer countless opportunities for physical fitness and activities to enrich patients’ treatment. With your support, we will fulfill Maddie’s wish beyond her imagination.
Maddie's Healing Garden Concept