Valour Place is a temporary home away from home for all Canadian Forces members, Families of the Fallen, RCMPs, Veterans and First Responders along with their families who require medical treatment in Edmonton.
Valour Place provides the comforts of home to soldiers, veterans and RCMP and their families as they undergo medical treatment and care. Valour Place is approximately 10,000 square feet in size and is modeled after Fisher House, (a support home for injured American soldiers and their families).
Valour Place has the following features:
Twelve wheelchair accessible and barrier-free rooms/suites
Each suite has its own private barrier free bathroom and including TV and internet
Valour Place guests share a common kitchen, dining hall, living room, family room and recreation room, all furnished in a comfortable, family oriented style
The kitchen allows for 3-4 families to prepare their meals at the same time
Wide hallways and doorways ensure barrier-free access and mobility
An entrance hall where soldiers, RCMP, veterans and their families are welcomed
When you step through the doors of Valour Place as a guest, donor, neighbour or friend, I hope the first thing you think of is how it feels just like home.
As the House Manager at Valour Place, I work with our Executive Director, employees and team of volunteers to create a warm, inviting, comfortable space that will serve as a home away from home for military and RCMP members and their families when they are in Edmonton for medical treatment and rehabilitation.
I am honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of Valour Place. It’s the perfect fit after more than 28 years in the Canadian Forces. During my military career, I’ve had the opportunity to be stationed in and deployed to various parts of the world, including the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. Every posting was impactful and significant, and my time at Valour Place is no different.
If you would like to be a part of Valour Place as a donor or a volunteer, please contact us at email@example.com
~ Martin St-Onge
Valour Place opened in 2012 to give military members, veterans, and RCMP a place to stay while undergoing medical treatment. As the first of its kind in Canada, Edmonton was the right fit not only because of the large population of military personnel but because of its world class health care in rehabilitation, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and amputations. Pregnant with twins, Laura and husband Master Corporal John Visser commuted from Cold Lake for specialized appointments throughout Laura’s entire pregnancy. The local hospital just wasn’t equipped to care for multiples so the Vissers knew they would have to make it to Edmonton to have the babies. “I felt so scared all the time being so far away from the city. Staying the last 3 weeks at Valour Place alleviated my fear and took all the stress away because we were right next to the hospital” recalled Laura. “It was a 6-hour round trip to see the doctor from home, and at 35 weeks pregnant it was getting more and more stressful to drive and still be a mom to our son when I got back to Cold Lake later that day.” “We call it hope away from home.” Says Dennis Erker, chairperson of Valour Place’s board of directors. “At Valour Place you have people with similar situations hurting too. So the home is designed to encourage interaction between our guests. Everyone has a reason for staying there.” RCMP officer Michael Jaszczyszyn stayed at Valour Place to recover from cancer surgery. He really appreciated the security in healing with others in like professions. “It’s kind of nice to talk to people. It’s nice that you have that option for interaction. A lot of the treatments [people who stay are receiving] are the same whether it’s chemo or radiation or surgery.”
In the 20 months since opening, Valour Place has been running at or near capacity. An endowment fund was established from the start to ensure that no matter what happens in the future, Valour Place will never be a burden on the community to continue operations. Erker is clear about why fundraising is necessary. “The money’s being raised to top up our endowment fund. A concern I’ve always had in fundraising and being a donor in many projects is not being able to afford to operate the facility after it’s built. You get people excited about building it and then you have a constant plea in the community to raise funds to somehow operate it.”
For more information please visit www.valourplace.ca