You can imagine that in my 97 years, I’ve lived through my share of ups and downs. As a Veteran of the Korean War, I’m blessed to have lived such a full and meaningful life. And I’m so grateful to you for helping to give me such a wonderful home here at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.
When the Second World War broke out, “Little” Alex Kowbel desperately wanted to do his part, but he had a hard time convincing recruiters in Melville, Sask., that he was up to the job.
In case you missed the Perley Rideau on An Hour to Give hosted by Sam Laprade (1310 AM News), click above to listen to the full recording. Heather Moxley, Chair of the Perley Rideau Family & Friends Council and volunteer; Danielle Sinden, Director, Centre of Excellence and Research Operations; Delphine Hasle, Executive Director of the Foundation; and Daniel Charron, Co-Chair of the Foundation's Caring for the Future Campaign; all talk about what life is like in the Perley Rideau's Seniors' Village, and the unique approach to caring for the growing senior population.
Did you know? Each year, caring individuals and groups raise money by hosting events such as a lemonade stand in the park, dart or golf tournaments, curling bonspiels – to name but a few. If you are ready to organize your own event, call Sara! All it takes is a little creativity, some careful planning, and the desire to positively impact the lives of the seniors and Veterans who call the Perley Rideau home.
Alex Kowbel always perseveres in the face of adversity. During a career of more than 30 years in the Canadian Forces, he served overseas in both the Second World War and the Korean War, and suffered a broken back in the line of duty. When his daughter was only two years old, Alex’s wife died suddenly, leaving him to raise four children largely as a single parent. Now a 96-year old resident of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, Alex is determined to recruit enough players for a regular bridge game.
With the support of donors, the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre continues to pioneer a concept known as continuity of care: providing access to the housing options, supports and services seniors need to live independently for as long as possible. The experience of Mary and Earle MacDonald illustrates the concept well.