Ian Wilson moved into Deer Lodge this spring. He needs long-term physiotherapy following a serious health issue. His wife Betty still lives independently and comes to visit him three times a week.
Both in their nineties, Ian and Betty have shared an incredible life together that began 70 years ago during the Second World War.
Ian, a Virden farm boy, served in the RCAF’s No. 411 Spitfire Squadron. Betty was a private in the RAF. They met at a dance at RAF Redhill, south of London, where Ian’s squadron was briefly stationed.
Betty still remembers a stranger tapping her on the shoulder, and turning, and looking up into Ian’s big blue eyes for the first time… “What could I do but dance with him? All night long…”
At the end of the war they married. Later, Betty joined Ian in Canada. Today, Ian and Betty are among a diminishing number of surviving couples who served in the Second World War and are still together.
When Betty can no longer look after herself, she’ll join Ian in the Centre.
Thanks to you…
Your gift will make a huge difference in the lives of veterans like Ian and Betty by helping us enhance and expand programs and services such as:
- PHYSICAL REHABILITATION SERVICES for veterans who have the potential to return to the community after discharge
- CHRONIC CARE for veterans who require medical intervention and/or supervision
- PERSONAL CARE for veterans requiring long-term care in a twenty-four hour supervised setting
- SPECIAL CARE for the ;unique needs of veterans with dementia who are experiencing difficulties in the areas of perception, thought and memory
- OPERATIONAL STRESS INJURY CLINIC for Canadian Forces members and veterans, eligible members of the RCMP, and their families, who need treatment for the impact of severe stress
- RESPITE CARE which provides short-term admission for veterans living in the community, and a period of relief for family members who are their primary caregivers