At the age of 90, Armold (Robbie) Roberts continues to give back to the community. He and Audrey, his wife of 67 years, reside at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. “Like many of the residents, Audrey and I enjoy spending time there,” he says simply. “I appreciate the quality of care we receive here and I’m proud to support it.”
As a way of honouring his convictions, Ray Desjardins has made a gift in his will to the Perley and Rideau Veteran's Health Centre Foundation. Throughout his life, Ray has had a deep respect and admiration for the men and women who serve their country in uniform- something he learned from his father.
The late Beryl Montgomery (née McCallum) capped off a life of kindness with a generous gift in her will to the Perley and Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre Foundation. To those closest to Beryl, this final act of kindness came as no surprise; many Canadians of her generation dedicated their lives to community, country and family.
On May 26, 2018 Master Warrant Officer Anthony Cobden participated in the 10K run during the Ottawa Race Weekend. MWO Cobden ran as part of ‘Team Perley Rideau’, which supports WWII, Korean War, and Other Qualified Veterans at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.
By Joanne Laucius
Valerie Little had a background in sales. She had quit work and was caring for her mother at home when a visiting personal support worker planted the seed of an idea for a mid-life career change.
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.
“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.