News Release August 2012: Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre Marks 50th Anniversary

August 2012

WATERVILLE, NS – Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre (KRRC) is marking its 50th anniversary.

“We are proud to commemorate this important milestone in our history,” says KRRC Board Chair Cathy Cantwell, “and invite the community to share in this occasion.”

Beginning at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, August 22nd   the Centre will host an official 50th anniversary ceremony, unveiling the original plaque placed at the facility in 1962 by then Premier Robert Stanfield.  A tree planting will also take place to remember all former residents.  Music will be performed by staff and clients from 2:30 – 4 pm as visitors enjoy a variety of booths, activities and afternoon tea in the Wandering Garden. The evening’s activities will feature music from 7 to 9 pm with fireworks at dusk.

“It should be a great day,” says CEO Judy Heffern, who joined the Centre staff in April as its fifth administrator. “It’s very exciting for me to be involved in this special anniversary, and  learn so much about the advances made at the Centre over the years.”

Opened as the new Kings County Hospital in 1962, the 250-bed facility on County Home Road was among the most modern for its time. The structure replaced the original psychiatric hospital, built on an adjacent site in 1926. A name change was made in the 1970s.

Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre is a fully accredited facility. It is licensed under the Homes for Special Care Act and operated through the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services. The Centre provides a supportive living, learning and working environment for over 200 youth and adults with intellectual disabilities, cognitive challenges, chronic mental illness, acquired brain injury and physical disabilities. Over 500 professional and support staff provide quality care and family support both in Centre and through community programming.