In 1995 the Alumnae Association of the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing, together with the Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation (in consultation with the Capital Health Region) took responsibility for the restoration of the Pemberton Memorial Chapel. Through the generosity of individuals, families and businesses in the Victoria area $800,000 was raised and the Chapel was restored and reopened June 20, 2003.
Since it was opened, the Chapel has enjoyed overwhelming success as a place of quiet solitude as evidenced by the number of fondly worded comments and signatures in our visitors' book. An organist fills the Chapel with beautiful music when he plays the Casavant organ every Friday. The Chapel has been witness to weddings, baptisms and memorial services. Also, it is the proud recipient of The Heritage Building Restoration Award for 2004 given by the Victoria Real Estate Board, (Commercial).
Watercolour of the Chapel, painted by Alan Lester in 1952 as a wedding gift for his sister, Barbara McCall. Used with her kind permission.
In recognition of the Alumnae work in the Chapel restoration, the hospital administration granted us the use of the downstairs area, in perpetuity, as a home for our Archives and historical documents. Our collections are an outstanding record of our School, and also reflect the history of women and nursing in Canada. The Archives area was completed in the fall of 2005 and now the task of sorting and organizing the acquisitions has begun. Please visit our Archives page for more detailed information about the work of our Archives Committee.
On July 24, 2007 The Pemberton Chapel Garden was officially opened. The wheelchair accessible Garden is nestled between the hospital and the south side of the Chapel and unites two Heritage sites, the Pemberton Memorial Chapel and the Pemberton Operating Room. We have worked with the Victoria-Morioka Society, which created the Dr. Inazo Nitobe Memorial Garden, and the Victoria Medical Society which will be creating the Pemberton Operating Room Garden. These three unique gardens, when complete, will achieve a unified oasis that will be a garden sanctuary for the Royal Jubilee Hospital and the City of Victoria.
Please visit our Chapel page for current and historical information, contemporary and archival photos, events and information about the Chapel and The Pemberton Chapel Garden.