February 27, 2018
Heather Doyle is committed to helping local seniors and people with disabilities find value in their life.
The mother and grandmother, who has been working with individuals with disabilities for 15 years, recently opened Loving Hands Partners in Care, a local business that provides programs, such as craft sessions and music and pet therapy, for seniors and adult disabled Airdrians.
Doyle’s mission is to give that demographic a place to connect, belong and find value, and she is committed to doing so, even if it requires personal sacrifice.
To finance her business, Doyle works doing respite care on the weekends.
“I don’t believe I will ever get rich from this … but I hope I will have made a difference in people’s lives,” says Doyle, who came up with the idea for her business after watching her own mother thrive in her home after being institutionalized for 40 years.
Doyle’s husband Ian is in awe of his wife’s passion for giving back through her many acts of kindness. “Loving Hands still runs at a loss, [and] half the individuals visiting the centre attend free. She will never turn anyone away,” he says. “This is a passion for Heather; the endless hours she spends planning and preparing [prove] she has an amazing heart.”
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