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.
"Perhaps the most important accomplishment of 2017 happened behind the scenes: the update to our Strategic Plan, which runs through 2025. Our Board of Directors led the process and consulted widely with members of the Perley Rideau community..."
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!"
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.
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.