Ross Family Bequest to the Manitoulin Health Centre, Little Current Site, Manitoulin Island

Little Current, ON  - The Little Current site of the Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) has received a generous bequest from the Estate of Alvin Ross with the first instalment of $375,000. At the request of the Ross family, these funds are to be directed to the Little Current site.

John and Lillian Ross moved to Little Current in the winter of 1954 from their home in Newfoundland. John served as an OPP officer in Little Current, Manitowaning, Mindemoya, Sudbury, Gore Bay and Espanola. He enjoyed his time on Manitoulin where the area reminded him of PEI. Lillian always provided a warm, welcoming home for their family and friends.  Lillian passed October 4, 2015 and John passed November 12, 2017. 


Photo of Alvin Ross, John Ross, Lillian Ross, Waveline


John and Lillian were parents to two children, Waveline (Wavie) and Alvin.  Wavie attended Assiginack Public School and Mindemoya Public School.  She attended high school in Sudbury and finished Grade 13 at Manitoulin Secondary School.  Wavie went on to receive her Diploma in Nursing in Sudbury in 1975.  Wavie spent much of her nursing career at MHC in Little Current. Lynn Foster, CEO of MHC, recalls, “When I arrived at MHC, almost 16 years ago, Wavie worked as a Nurse Manager. Like her mother, I suppose, she too was warm, welcoming and always wore a smile. It was clear that nursing was her calling.” Wavie passed on November 2, 2014.


Alvin attended school in Assiginack and Mindemoya.  Alvin began his high school in Sudbury but soon returned to Manitoulin where he finished his high school at Manitoulin Secondary School.  Alvin studied forestry in Sault Ste. Marie.  He then pursued his passion for “big trucks” working for Manitoulin Transport for the balance of his work life.  Alvin passed May 4, 2019.


“It is truly humbling to know that MHC touched the lives of the Ross family to such an extent. We will honour their memory and wishes.” Lynn Foster, CEO


MHC and the Board of Directors would like to express their sincere thanks to Mr. Alvin Ross, for this very generous gift and his interest in the health of our community.


Pictured in the photo above from left to right: Alvin Ross, John Ross, Lillian Ross, Waveline



Lynn Foster
CEO, Manitoulin Health Centre
(705) 368-2300