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Proud to Do Her Part

"It's payback time." That's the explanation Louise Estwick gives when asked why she chose to donate to the Perley and Rideau Foundation in her will.  Louise and her late husband Sam Estwick both devoted much of their lives to community service.  "We always felt that we should do our part," she says simply.

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A Family Connection, a Generous Donation

A highlight of the summer was the visit of officers and crew from HMCS Ottawa, a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate. During an afternoon tea held with resident Navy Veterans, the group presented a cheque for $15,480.54 to the Perley Rideau Foundation.

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A Gift for Life

During a decades-long career in nursing and education, Marni Crossley had many experiences with end-of-life care. She recognizes that all of them helped her to grow both professionally and spiritually. This is particularly true for her husband’s end-of-life journey at the Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.

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The Value of a Dollar

The life of Bette Davis demonstrates the mix of self-reliance and community service that characterized her generation. Like many who grew up during the Depression, she learned to appreciate the value of a dollar. When she passed away, Bette capped off her busy and industrious life with a generous donation in her will to the Perley Rideau.

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With Flying Colours

Peter Yarema loves poetry and regularly reads from the favourite volumes he keeps in his room at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. Now 95 years old, poetry has been a constant in Peter Yarema’s life – a life marked by service to his country, his community and his family.

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73 Years and Counting

For Becky and Arthur White, the 2016 move into the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre was just the latest step in the life journey they have shared for more than 70 years. They met in their early 20s, married while on leave from their units during the Second World War, and went on to raise three sons.

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The Selfless Life

As with most women of her era, Barbara Goble devoted most of her life to serving others: her country, her husband, her children. Today, as a resident at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, she’s pleased to accept the occasional help from others, although she sometimes feels a little uneasy about it.

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A Life of Adventure, Love and Service

The account of Jack MacKenzie’s adventures fills a book—a coffee-table book he produced that chronicles his amazing escapades. His postretirement adventures include skiing to the North Pole, convoying across China’s Gobi desert and twice travelling around the world.

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