Sister Christine Leyser started the Welcome In Drop In Centre at 23 Gordon Street, over 30 years ago. An Order of Canada recipient, she is a renowned servant of the poor in Guelph. She is now leaving the Royal City to serve with the Loretto Sisters in Toronto.
Sister Christine, now in her mid 80’s, has touched so many lives in her time in Guelph. I personally will always cherish her and hold her in the highest regard for what she has done for this community. My family was blessed with this woman, when she helped one of my family members and inspired him to move on to help others, less fortunate.
In a press release, Leyser expressed both joy and sadness over leaving the centre and the city.
“I leave with a heart full of sadness and joy,” Sister Christine said. “Sadness because I will miss the wonderful people at the Drop in Centre and the many people who have supported me all these years. Joy because the Drop In Centre is thriving under the very capable and lovely Gail Hoekstra.” An excellent team of support workers and volunteers will allow the centre to continue to grow, she said. “And I intend to grow, as I have excellent health, great energy, and I still have a few marbles,” she said in the release.
The community is invited to a celebration of Sister Christine at the Drop In Centre on Thursday, April 28, from 3-5 p.m.