To celebrate the renovation and expansion at Lilac Terrace

Lilac Terrace renovation and expansion complete

Many Sparwood seniors have a new place to call home at the new and improved Lilac Terrace.

Many Sparwood seniors have a new place to call home, as residents, dignitaries and special guests attended the official grand opening of the Lilac Terrace renovations and expansion.  The project, which has been in the works for over five years, saw the completion of a multipurpose lounge area, 12 new apartments and two community rooms which are available to seniors and their families for palliative and respite care, the first of which to ever be offered in Sparwood.

During the event, key individuals spoke of the importance and significance of this expansion.

“There have been so many involved, including the Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia through BC Housing, the Regional District of East Kootenay and the District of Sparwood. It is positive to see what can be accomplished when all stakeholders and contractors work together for a common goal,” said Mike Delich, Board Member of Columbia Basin Trust. “The additional 12 residential units will make a real difference in the lives of the seniors in the community and for their families, providing them with options, security and peace of mind.”

Sparwood Mayor, Cal McDougall commended and recognized the Elk Valley Seniors Housing Board for their tremendous work and dedication to seeing this project come to fruition.

“This new addition made this building a complete unit. Sparwood is very fortunate for this group, and to have them manage this project. We thank you for sticking through this project and are all so proud to be a part of it,” he said.

Donny Anderson, one of Lilac Terraces newest residents spoke of how moving from his lifelong home in Sparwood, into Lilac Terrace went from a traumatic to very positive life changing event as he was very warmly welcomed and felt joy in the socialization and care  found at Lilac Terrace with residents and staff.|

The expansion and renovation of Lilac Terrace totaled just under $4 million and was completed in part with grants, donations and fundraising. Home support has doubled and the 12 apartments were filled as soon as they were completed. Deborah Friesen, Lilac Terrace Administrator explained what a huge impact this project will have for seniors.

“I believe this will now give people peace of mind to have the option to be here. Our two new community rooms were designed for families to be able to support their loved ones in a caring and home-like environment, where they can be surrounded by loved ones, their photos or even their pet if they choose while having the additional assistance of home care and accessibility the rooms offer. We are so grateful for the generosity from the community and the Elk Valley to make this vision and this need become a reality.”

Those attending concluded the event and celebrated with cake and a tour of the expanded building.

 

 

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