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Perley Rideau announces winner of Luxury Weekend Raffle

OTTAWA – September 15, 2021 - The Perley Rideau Foundation is excited to announce the winner of their Luxury Weekend Raffle. Joanne Batchelor has won a fabulous prize pack for herself and seven girlfriends

OTTAWA – September 15, 2021 - The Perley Rideau Foundation is excited to announce the winner of their Luxury Weekend Raffle. Joanne Batchelor has won a fabulous prize pack for herself and seven girlfriends, with proceeds from the raffle supporting the care of Seniors and Veterans at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. Proceeds will support the health and wellbeing of residents ensuring they are able to live life to the fullest and are able to participate in a wide range of programs and meaningful activities.

On October 15-17 Joanne Batchelor and their guests will spend a luxurious weekend at Le/The Pepper Pod, a picturesque home nestled in the Gatineau Hills that operates as a retreat for women Veterans.

Prizes include gift baskets with over $1,000 worth of local goods, a private Violin Duo Recital by members of the National Orchestra, cooking lessons and a meal with professional chef Yannick La Salle of Les Fougeres, and more. Prizes total over $22K in value.

Perley Rideau Foundation Chair, Louise Mercier, says “we are filled with gratitude for all of those who purchased tickets. Your support ensures that Veterans and Seniors who call Perley Rideau home can live life to the fullest”

The Perley Rideau Foundation is grateful to all ticket purchasers and the volunteers who worked to make this exciting weekend happen and the many local businesses who have donated items for the prize. Including Hon. Lt.-Col. Sandra Perron Founder and CEO of Le/The Pepper Pod graciously donated the use of Le/The Pepper Pod for the weekend. “The mission of Le/The Pepper Pod is to build a strong community of women; this weekend does just that. The women (and men) who supported this raffle have demonstrated the importance of community and how we can come together to support one another.”

The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre is a community where over 600 Seniors and Veterans thrive – from independent living to long-term care. We support each resident with a person and family-centric approach to the continuum of care to improve not only their physical well-being but their mental and emotional health, too.

The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation is the engine powering our mission to achieve excellence in the health, safety, and well-being of Seniors and Veterans. Every donation empowers us to provide exceptional care while pursuing the research needed to deliver transformative advances. To learn more about the Perley Rideau Foundation, please visit

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Courtney Rock, Director of Development

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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!  My grandfather is a Second World War Veteran and was a flying instructor in the Air Force.  He flew a type of plane called a ‘Fleet Finch’. He recently recreated a wooden model of the plane in the Creative Arts Studio - it’s quite amazing!   

All of the staff at the Perley Rideau are so friendly and make a point of knowing both residences and family by name.  They always greet my grandfather with a smile and checking to make sure he has everything he needs. He loves all activities provided, whether that be physical, mental or social. He has always been an artist throughout his life so having the Creative Arts Studio on campus is great. He painted an image of poppies that was used for the Christmas card that John Fraser sent out last season. Having these opportunities for creative expression is so important to him.     

My grandfather is now 95 years old. I am so proud to run for him and to raise funds for the Perley Rideau Foundation – a place he now calls home."

To learn more or join the team, click here.