Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 08, 2009 11:00 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Opens the Newly Renovated Robert L. Knowles Veterans' Unit

BATHURST, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister responsible for New Brunswick, officially opened today the newly renovated Robert L. Knowles Veterans' Unit at the Villa Chaleur Nursing Home.

"Our Government is committed to providing the highest level of care for our Veterans," said Minister Thompson. "This investment will ensure our Veterans receive the care they need in comfort and privacy."

The Robert L. Knowles Veterans' Unit officially opened May 25, 1994. In 2006, Minister Thompson visited the Unit to announce a commitment of $300,000 from the Government of Canada for renovations. Today, the Minister opened the three-room expansion to the facility which will allow for its 13 Veteran residents to receive the care they need and deserve.

The Veterans' Unit is named after Robert Lindon Knowles, a Veteran of the Second World War who 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 10-bed ward was opened at Villa Chaleur in 1994. Mr. Knowles passed away in 2001.

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