ST. JOHN'S, July 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Senator David Wells, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, participated today in the official opening of the Jim Shields Memorial Garden. The garden is located outside the Sir Winston Churchill Wing of the Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion.
Designed as a therapeutic outdoor space, with walking paths and sitting areas, the garden enhances the daily lives of Veterans, especially those living with dementia. Within the garden, a memorial honours the men and women of Newfoundland and Labrador who have served, are currently serving, or will serve Canada in the future.
Over the years, our government has worked with the Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion on significant expansions to ensure this impressive facility provides Veterans with the highest standard of care available.
- Mr. Jim Shields was a Royal Navy Veteran of the Second World War. He passed away in March 2010. He spent the majority of his post-war years advocating for and supporting Veterans.
- Mr. Shields was a long-time member of the Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion-Royal Canadian Legion Action committee, representing Branch 56.
- In recent years, the Government of Canada has provided more than $3 million in funding for site improvements at the Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion, including the creation of a 14-bed dementia unit, addition of a residents' sun room, and renovations to common areas like dining and family rooms.
- As of July 2014, there are 41 Veterans residing at the Pavilion, including 14 in the Sir Winston Churchill Wing.
"The Memorial Garden is a fitting tribute to Jim's commitment and dedication to improving the lives of Canada's Veterans. It not only recognizes the service and sacrifices of Jim Shields, but honours all Veterans and their families."
Senator David Wells
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Barbara Mottram, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468