Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT

Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT

April 14, 2011 12:25 ET

Dr. Eldon Comfort Named Ontario Retirement Communities Association Resident of the Year

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2011) - On April 11th, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) announced Dr. Eldon Comfort as the 2011 Resident of the Year. Dr. Comfort, 98, is a resident of The Gibson Retirement Residence in North York, owned by Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT (TSX:CSH.UN).

"We extend our congratulations to Dr. Comfort on this award," said Brent Binions, President and CEO of Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT. "As a father, friend, and volunteer, he continues to contribute in such selfless ways to those around him and is a man whose efforts have inspired many."

Resident of the Year recognition is awarded annually to one exemplary resident living in an ORCA-member home who makes a valuable contribution to the quality of life of other residents around him/her; makes important contributions to the community; demonstrates exemplary talents and skills; is an inspiration to others in dealing with life's challenges; continues to be a champion for social causes and social change; has realized significant achievements and accomplishments in his/her lifetime.

Dr. Comfort was recognized for his contributions as a teacher, peace activist and volunteer. Following his service in WWII, Dr. Comfort returned to Canada determined to find a better way to resolve conflict. He has been an active member and volunteer with the Canadian Peace Alliance, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, and Amnesty International among other peace organizations. In 2001, he was awarded his Honourary Doctorate of Letter by the Victoria University for peace activism. He also worked as a teacher and principal for 40 years including, in the early 1960's, as a teacher-trainer in Africa. Dr. Comfort continues to be a tireless volunteer at The Gibson including coordinating the annual Remembrance Day service. Dr. Comfort was featured in the 2010 book, Honour, profiling 35 veterans living in Chartwell homes across Canada.

"This award is a great honour and an even greater surprise," said Dr. Comfort in response to the announcement. "I am just an ordinary guy who did a few ordinary things. There are so many others deserving as well."

Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT owns and manages over 150 retirement residences and long term care homes across Canada including The Gibson Retirement Residence in North York, Ontario.

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