To passersby, a new addition to Tom Uphill Manor may seem like nothing more than a decoration; but to those who reside there, it’s much more than that.
On Saturday, July 21, many gathered together at the Manor to unveil their new memorial pond, which was erected in honour of everyone who has called Tom Uphill Manor their home.
Residents, their families, as well as members of the Fernie Family Housing Society and local government, witnessed the cutting of the ribbon, signifying the completion of this memorial landmark.
The entire project took months of work by a team of dedicated volunteers, who charged the Manor nothing for their time. Much of the material was donated to the Housing Society.
Tom Uphill Manor has continued to grow and flourish over the years.
“Once it was a place where life would end, now it is a place of new beginnings,” said Fernie councillor Joe Warshawsky.
Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano congratulated Fernie Family Housing Society, as well as all their dedicated members, on continuing to help the Manor expand and grow.
Tom Uphill Manor general manager Sheila Sherburne thought their garden square deserved to have new life breathed into it. After a few calls, Sherburne spoke to Doug Secord who volunteered to build it.
“It’s people like him and all the volunteers who give up their time and talents that shapes Fernie into the wonderful community that we have,” said Giuliano.
“This pond is very significant in what it represents, for those gone before us, and for those left behind who will enjoy the quiet and beauty of this lovely addition.”