Canada’s veterans have served this country with courage and compassion, and with a determination to defend democracy and protect our great country. As Veteran’s Week approaches, I encourage everybody to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy as Canadians, because of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Each year, it is my honour and privilege to attend Remembrance Day services at our local cenotaphs. To be in the company of our veterans is truly humbling and the time spent together allows me the opportunity to hear personal stories that make me ever so grateful to live in our great country, specifically in our community.
As Canadians, we owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who serve to protect and defend our nation. Our government is committed to providing veterans and their families with exemplary services and benefits that they so richly deserve. I’m proud to say, since first elected in 2006, our Conservative Government has invested more into veterans’ initiatives than any other government since the end of the Second World War. In fact, we have increased the Veterans Affairs budget by more than 25 per cent.
As the Member of Parliament for Cambridge and North Dumfries, I have supported veterans in the House of Commons and have voted yes to veterans’ benefits, including: creating the office of the Veteran’s Ombudsman, doubling the number of operational stress injury clinics to support veterans suffering from mental illness, and establishing and enhancing the New Veteran’s Charter, which provides benefits such as education. In total, our government’s commitment to veterans’ services totals $4.7 billion.
Our government will always stand up for our veterans and, together with all Canadians, we will never forget their service and sacrifice.
This Remembrance Day, I hope you will join me in commemorating the bravery and sacrifice of our current serving members and Veterans who fought in the many wars and peacekeeping missions. To the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, on behalf of myself, my family and the residents of Cambridge and North Dumfries, thank you for your service.
Facility is welcome news for local Alzheimer society
Cambridge, Ontario— Minister Gary Goodyear, MP for Cambridge-North Dumfries, on Monday took part in the grand opening of a new centre that will bring southern Ontario businesses, researchers and not-for-profit organizations together to develop new technologies for Alzheimer’s care.
“October 21st was an important day for Alzheimer’s patients, their families and caregivers. With the opening of the B’nai Brith Alzheimer’s Centre of Excellence, the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients will improve exponentially while pursuing the latest innovations in Alzheimer’s treatments and patient care services,” said Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. “This centre is now ready to put the innovative thinking of our region’s businesses to work for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their caregivers.”
Dr. Jennifer Gillies, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Cambridge, said the opening of the B’nai Brith Alzheimer Centre of Excellence is welcome news for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
“As the number of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease continues to rise, it is important to invest in research, technologies and infrastructure that will help improve the lives and care of persons affected by the disease,” said Dr. Gillies. “These types of investments will enable more individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to maintain an enhanced quality of life for as long as possible.”
Last year, the local Alzheimer society provided education and support to more than 1,000 persons living with dementia and their families.
In August 2012, Minister Goodyear announced a $5.368-million non-repayable contribution to B’nai Brith through FedDev Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative. This investment has allowed B’nai Brith to create the Alzheimer’s Centre of Excellence, including an innovation laboratory for the development and testing of new technologies, products and services associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The centre is part of the B’nai Brith Alzheimer’s Home, a state-of-the-art care facility for Alzheimer’s patients.