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A Blessed Life

As a Nursing Sister in England during the Second World War, Edith Goodspeed experienced the horrors of the war and helped countless soldiers recover enough to return home or back into battle. She later raised three children and today is blessed with seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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Once a Runner, Always a Runner

“Whenever I see someone running now, it tugs at my heart strings,” Lorne Hooper says with a smile. Nowadays, he likes to spend time in the Perley Rideau’s crafts studio, making scarves; he also recently learned to play the ukulele. “The staff here are nice and there are plenty of ways for me to stay active,” he says.

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A Lifetime of Giving Back

Thomas Young Strath devoted his life to serving his family, his community and his country.  In a final act of generosity, he bequeathed much of his estate to 10 charities, including the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre Foundation.

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I'm running for...

This May, Team Perley Rideau will participate in Ottawa Race Weekend while raising funds for the Foundation.  Team member Lisa says:

"I am running for my grandfather, John R. Newell, who lives at the Perley Rideau.  He moved in last June and is so pleased with the kind of care he has received - my family and I are impressed too!"

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Canada’s Women Veterans to be Honoured at Perley Rideau

Female Veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War will be honoured on Tuesday, March 6, as part of International Women’s Week celebrations at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. During the event, each of the 44 female Veterans who live at Perley Rideau will receive a special shawl handmade by Mylène Levesque.

The event is also a fundraiser for the Perley Rideau Foundation, whose mission is to support the care of seniors and Veterans residing at the Health Centre. Admission is free; a silent auction will be held and High Tea will be served.The event is sponsored by Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery, and Cremation Services, Home of the home of the National Military Cemetery, the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery and the Ottawa Police Service Memorial Cemetery.

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Ted Griffiths and the Reconciliation Dinner

Major (ret'd) Edmund (Ted) Griffiths, CD, now spends much of his time reading, and chatting with fellow Veterans and other residents of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. The peaceful, caring environment stands in stark contrast to some of his experiences during a lifetime of service to Canada.

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The Irrepressible Connie Sandilands

Since moving in to the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, Connie Sandilands spends as much time as possible in the arts-and-crafts studio and woodworking shop. Given her background, it comes as no surprise that the 96 year-old likes to stay busy.

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

For decades, Bud Hannam rarely talked about his wartime experiences. In recent years, though – since remarrying and attending D-Day celebrations abroad – he has begun to share his remarkable and inspirational stories.

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