June 20th, 2014
OTTAWA—June 18, 2014 —The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation today announced that the first of two apartment buildings, specially designed for seniors, was named Commissionaires Ottawa Place in honour of one of its leading donors.
Capt(N) Paul A. Guindon (Ret’d), a 33-year Navy veteran and CEO at Commissionaires Ottawa, said: “We are very honoured to be a part of this special ceremony today. At Commissionaires Ottawa, giving back is ingrained in who we are and what we do. Many commissionaires have served Canada as military or RCMP personnel and now we’re helping to protect our country and its citizens as security professionals during a second career. The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre also has a long tradition of serving veterans. We applaud Perley Rideau’s initiative and major commitment to building these new seniors’ apartments that will serve veterans and seniors in their later years when they need safe accommodation and additional assistance.”
The unveiling of the new name took place during the official launch of the public phase of the Foundation’s Building Choices, Enriching Lives Capital Campaign at a well-attended event to celebrate reaching the half-way mark of the $5 million goal. Also being celebrated is the completion of the Seniors Housing Project, a key element in creating the Perley Rideau Seniors Village and the focus of this special fundraising campaign.
Located on Russell Road in Ottawa, the Seniors Housing Project consists of 139 specially-designed apartments for seniors in two low-rise buildings. Up to 30% of these apartments are offered to former members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Seniors Village includes 450 residents in the Long-Term Care Centre, an expanded area for health-oriented services and a range of programs to support seniors choosing to live at home in the community.
Daniel Clapin, Executive Director of The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation, said, “We face a major challenge in caring for a growing number of seniors, often with more difficult health issues, including dementia. In the face of limited government funding, support from the community at large is essential. Our seniors, whether they are veterans or seniors from the community, deserve no less. We are grateful to all of our donors, large and small, for their generous and heartfelt contributions to the Perley Rideau Seniors Village. We also encourage our community to continue supporting this cause by helping us reach our $5 million goal. We’re halfway there!”
Commissionaires Ottawa is a private, not-for-profit security company headquartered in Ottawa that offers a diverse range of security solutions. It has been a leading employer of veterans and former Canadian Armed Forces members for 75 years, is active in assisting injured or ill Canadian Armed Forces personnel to transition to civilian life or return to active duty, and has a proud history of raising awareness and funds for military families.
The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre provides quality care for seniors, serving veterans and an ever increasing number of seniors from the community. Building on its many years of experience and reputation in long-term care, Perley Rideau has expanded its programs and services to create the Perley Rideau Seniors Village, a hub providing choices of accommodation and easy access to health and wellness services.
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The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation: Sylvie Moncion, 613-746-2035
Commissionaires Ottawa: Andrée Paige, 613-863-1828
The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre and Foundation website: www.perleyrideau.ca
Commissionaires Ottawa’s website: www.commissionaires-ottawa.on.ca