Foundation sells bricks

By Geoff Lee

June 16, 2016 12:00 AM

Joy Bell, administrator of Pioneer Lodge presented a progress report on the new Pioneer House long care health facility at the AGM of the Lloydminster Concerned Citizens for Seniors Care June 8 at the Legacy Centre.

Hopes to raise more than $2 million for long-term wing

The Lloydminster Region Health Foundation is selling metaphorical bricks and leaves to raise $2.2 million for the new long-term wing at Pioneer Lodge called Pioneer House.
The brick campaign was launched by health foundation CEO Wendy Plandowski at the annual general meeting of the Lloydminster Concerned Citizens for Seniors Care at the Legacy Centre on June 8.
Plandowski said Bricks can be purchased from the foundation for either $500 or $1000 with leaves going for $250.
“The bricks are a way for people to get involved at an individual level and have a naming opportunity essentially at the lodge,” explained Plandowski.
People can purchase a brick in the name of their company or in the name of one of their grandchildren for example, with a donor recognition mural and tree to be available at Pioneer Lodge.
“To donate to brick contact the foundation and we’ll take all their paperwork and record what they want on their brick,” said Plandowski.
Approximately $1 million has already been raised from leadership gifts and naming rights including a $100,000 donation from Rod Sellers, who founded Sellers RV Centre and $250,000 from the Fred North Charity Foundation.
Another $500,000 donation for naming rights will be presented on Father’s Day with more specifics to come from the foundation.
Joy Bell, the administrator for Pioneer Lodge, was on hand for the announcement and led the applause.
“We are extremely pleased with that,” she said noting the Pioneer House expansion faces a short term funding shortfall from Alberta grants.
With the election of the Notley NDP in Alberta, Bell said the amount of a shortfall will depend on which funding model the government goes with.
A worst case scenario would leave the Lodge having to raise about $3.3 million from the community if all of their grants required an 80/20 government/community split.
“We are working the provincial government,” said Bell.
“In reality the grants were gifted under a different government so it’s taken them longer than we had hoped for.”
The $16.9 million project will create a 44 unit Level D care facility rated to take care of people that require nursing attention 24 hours a day and house dementia patients as well.
“We can go as high as that 4 D limit,” said Bell, who was invited to provide the seniors’ AGM an overview of the project along with a progress report.
“The pros at the moment are we have walls up; we have rooms being built, lots of activity on our site,” said Bell.
She noted the contractor Clark Builders is shooting for a completion date of November 2017.
“The challenge we are facing right now is the grant funding that was promised isn’t coming as quickly as we had expected it to,” said Bell,  giving a nod to the health foundation for their help.
Plandowski said it was a no-brainer for the foundation to pitch in knowing there has been a shortage of long term care beds in the city as pointed out in a bi-provincial health services and facilities assessment in November 2013.
“It was very important to use as a foundation to help our community find that solution for long term care bed shortage,” she said. Plandowski noted more details of the brick campaign will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

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