Simpson Landing people's choice for community living initiative

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 2:40pm

In September, co-Chairs of the Opening Minds Family Campaign, Dr. Nick Delva and Shauna Blundon-Price, issued a call to help name the Community Living Initiative buildings (better known as "the bungalows"). The response was overwhelming and heartwarming. 

 More than 170 names were suggested by 96 different staff members, physicians, patients, their families and our community partners.  We announced the four names that had received the most votes and held a second round of voting on Oct. 20, 2011.  Votes poured in. A total of 266 votes were cast:

Simpson Landing received 91 votes

Harbour Woods received 75 votes

Arbour Village received 53 votes

The Arbours received 47 votes

Thank you to Elsie Rolls, director of Veterans' Services at Camp Hill, who came up with the name Simpson Landing, and to everyone for your suggestions and enthusiastic participation.  

Simpson Landing continues the connection to the first administrative director of the Nova Scotia Hospital. Mount Hope Then and Now tells us that up until 1968 the Nova Scotia Hospital was run by a hospital superintendent. It was then decided to share the responsibility of running the hospital between a medical director and an administrative director. Victor Simpson served as the first administrative director from 1968 until his retirement in 1983. Simpson Hall, the previous building on the site, was named in recognition of his outstanding service to the mental health care system. Once home to the nurses' residence and training center in specialty mental health care, Simpson Hall was demolished in 2009.