Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 07, 2006 14:00 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Greg Thompson Announces Renovations to Veterans' Unit

New Funding for the Robert L. Knowles Veterans' Unit at Villa Chaleur Nursing Home

BATHURST, NEWBRUNSWICK--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 7, 2006) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister responsible for New Brunswick, today announced Veterans Affairs Canada will provide funding in the amount of $300,000 for renovations to the Robert L. Knowles Veterans' Unit at the Villa Chaleur Nursing Home in Bathurst, N.B.

The Robert L. Knowles Veterans' Unit officially opened May 25, 1994 and curently has 13 residents. "All of the residents in the Robert L. Knowles Veterans' Unit are Veterans and Veterans Affairs is responsible to ensure that they receive the best care possible," said Thompson. "The planned renovations will improve what is now home for these very special Canadians."

The renovation project announced today will expand facilities and allow the Veterans' Unit to provide private rooms for all its occupants. The project will be competitively tendered by the Atlantic Baptist Corporation and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2007.

A Veteran of the Second World War, Robert Lindon Knowles was born in 1920 in Clifton, New Brunswick. Mr. Knowles spearheaded efforts to bring a Veterans' Unit to Bathurst. His efforts were rewarded when a ten-bed ward was opened at Villa Chaleur in 1991. Mr. Knowles passed away in 2001.

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    Media Relations Advisor
    (902) 368-0294
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Gerald A. Lefebvre
    Director of Communications
    (613) 996-4649