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Meet Sunnybrook's Veteran Heroes

In the past, they were fighting for our freedom. In the present, we continue to honour and remember their sacrifices. Throughout time, they’ve always been — and always will be — our heroes.

Below, view photos of nine Veteran heroes who are now residents of Sunnybrook's Veterans Centre.

Project published November 2022. Photography by Kevin Van Paassen.

Janet Watt

Janet Watt, 101 years old. Served in the Navy, WWII.
Joseph Duffy

Joseph Duffy, 100 years old. Served in the Navy, WWII.

Gord Killen

Gord Killen, 89 years old. Served in the Army, Cold War.
Pamela Bird

Pamela Bird, 100 years old. Served in the Army, WWII.
Ken Nelson

Ken Nelson, 76 years old. Served in the Air Force, Cold War.

Chan-Do Park

Chan-Do Park, 91 years old. Served in the Army, Korean War.

Dorothy Gummersall

Dorothy Gummersall, 87 years old. Served in the Navy, Cold War.

Cliff Davies

Cliff Davies, 95 years old. Served in the Navy, Korean War.

Mortimer Lightstone

Mortimer Lightstone, 89 years old. Served in the Air Force, Korean War and Cold War.  (Happy Birthday to Mort who turns 90 on Nov. 12th)

Sunnybrook is proud to be home to Canada’s largest Veterans Centre. Here, we have the privilege of caring for over 275 of Canada’s war heroes who served in the Second World War, Cold War and the Korean War.

Every Remembrance Day, we have a special opportunity to acknowledge our appreciation to those who have strengthened our country with their example of courage, service and sacrifice.

We remember all the men and women past and present, who courageously volunteered for the cause of freedom and peace.

Thank you for your dedication and service to Canada.

Lest we forget.

Photography by Kevin Van Paassen
Text by Kathleen Nimigon and Nadia Radovini.

Project published November 2022.