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Original News Release




April 9, 2009

Ministry of Health Services

Vancouver Island Health Authority

Capital Regional Hospital District




·         The Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing opened its doors to nurses throughout the province on December 16, 1891. The school educated nurses for over 90 years with the first class graduating in 1892 and the last graduating class being in 1983.

·         In 1909, Mrs. Pemberton donated the Pemberton Chapel to the Jubilee as a memorial of her husband. The chapel functioned as a regular church that held weekly services for patients and staff, as well as being the location of many of the nurse’s weddings.

·         In 1979, the chapel was officially recognized as a heritage building by the City of Victoria. It was closed for nearly 20 years in the early 1980’s, but re-opened in 2003, and is now open 24-hours a day, providing a quite place of refuge for patients and visitors to the hospital, as well as being the site of the permanent memorial for the RJH School of Nursing Alumnae.








Shannon Marshall

Media Relations Manager

Vancouver Island Health Authority

250 370-8270

250 361-7685 cell

Public Affairs Bureau

Ministry of Health Services

250 952-1887


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