It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Ruthann Tucker, former Executive Director of Fife House Foundation from 2000 to 2007. Ruthann passed yesterday morning after struggling with complications from a massive stroke last year.
Ruthann dedicated her life to the HIV/AIDS communities, working at ACT, Fife House, Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and The Hamilton AIDS Network.
Under her leadership, Fife House’s housing outreach and community programs grew and flourished.
Ruthann’s vision, drive and passion led to Fife House’s largest expansion of housing and support services. She spearheaded the partnership with Wellesley Central Health Corporation and WoodGreen Community Services, to develop a new supportive housing project for people living with HIV/AIDS and seniors, at the site of the old Wellesley Hospital.
The Tony Di Pede Residence / Wellesley Central Residence is the culmination of her incredible work and provides 112 units of supportive housing and is the site of our Transitional Housing Program, Wellness Programs, Community Programs and Fife House’s home.
Ruthann fundamentally understood that housing is the largest determinant of health for people living with HIV/AIDS. In partnership with a network of community leaders in the HIV/AIDS sector and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Ruthann played a pivotal role in the development of the seminal piece of research – Positive Spaces Healthy Places – a province-wide community-based research initiative, the first of its kind in Canada. It examined housing and health in the context of HIV to assess the current and projected housing needs of people living with HIV in Ontario.
Fife House extends our deepest sympathies to her partner, Lisaj, and her family and friends. The clients, peers, volunteers and staff of Fife House are forever grateful for all of her contributions, accomplishments and legacy.
At this time there are no plans for a memorial service.