Seniors Village Becoming a Reality at Perley Rideau
On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Premier Kathleen Wynne travelled to Ottawa to officially open 45 of the new apartments specially-designed for seniors and to celebrate significant milestones in the creation of the Perley Rideau Seniors Village.
On hand for the celebration were Premier Kathleen Wynne, other dignitaries from all levels of government, health care partners, donors, key contractors, and many others that are helping build the Perley Rideau Seniors Village. Also, attending were Board Members and senior Staff from both the Health Centre and Foundation.
Following opening remarks from Mike Jeffery, Chair of the Health Centre Board and Peter Strum, Past Chair, Premier Wynne had some very positive remarks about Perley Rideau, and was very supportive of our actions and plans.
In the words of Premier Wynne: “The Centre has recognized the real needs of seniors and has come up with a plan to address those needs! It is truly the kind of model we need to be duplicating and replicating across the province.”
Further remarks by Alice Wong, the Canadian federal Minister of State for Seniors, and Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, echoed these sentiments. Finally, Grete Hale, Honorary Co-Chair of the Building Choices, Enriching Lives Capital Campaign, spoke from the heart about her vision for seniors and what Perley Rideau could do to help and Perley Rideau’s need for donations to complete the $5 million fundraising target. The Foundation was well represented by Chair, Ray Desjardins and Managing Director, Dan Clapin, and many other Board members.
The formalities in Lupton Hall were followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of Building B; dignitaries were joined by many of our new tenants.
In the meantime, the rest of the guests followed a bagpiper to Lupton Hall where refreshments were served and the new video on the Perley Rideau Seniors Village was shown. The video was a hit! To view, go to Seniors Village video.
Stakeholders were very impressed by our progress and achievements in the last year. We should all be very proud!
Over 200 invitees attended the official opening of the first apartments and celebrated the achievement of significant milestones in 2013 in creating the Perley Rideau Seniors Village.