The Rotary Club of Lloydminster donated $20,000 for the naming rights to the Lloydminster Rotary Fireside Room at Pioneer House after an outdoor luncheon and tour of Pioneer House, with care facility employees joining in for a photo on Monday. Holding the cheque are Joy Bell, Pioneer Lodge adminstrator, left, acting club president Jason Whiting, centre, and Wendy Plandowski CEO of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation, right. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
The Lloydminster Region Health Foundation is edging closer to its $2 million fundraising goal for the Pioneer House assisted living facility, thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Lloydminster.
“We are ecstatic today to receive a large donation from the Lloydminster Rotary Club for $20,000,” said Wendy Plandowski, CEO of the Health Foundation on Monday.
Plandowski explained the community needs to raise $2 million to fully access the grants given by the Alberta government.
The Rotary donation pushes the fund total to about $1.4 million.
The cheque presentation took place outside Pioneer House following Rotary’s outdoor luncheon, held under a tent with facility staff on hand for the photo op.
The event included a tour of the 44-bed Level 4D seniors care wing of Pioneer Lodge.
The money will be used by the Health Foundation to purchase the naming rights to the fireside lounge, to be known as the Lloydminster Rotary Fireside Room.
The fund total to date includes about $40,000 from individual Rotary members.
“It’s nice to see that Rotary and Rotary members are very supportive in our community,” said past Rotary president, Jason Whiting.
“This chunk of change goes a long ways.”
With seniors continuing to move into the new facility this month, Plandowski said it means seniors that had to be housed in facilities outside of Lloydminster can come back to the community.
“It’s easier for their families to visit with them, and we’re even going to see some couples reunited which is really quite touching,” she said.
Rotarian, Richard Starke, MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster, noted it took only a little over two years from the time the funding was announced by the Alberta government in March 2015, to completion today.
“I am very pleased that things were able to move ahead very quickly, and the credit for that goes to the Pioneer Lodge board and to the staff of Pioneer House and to members of the community that worked so hard to bring it about,” he said.
Approximately $14 million in project funding came from the Alberta Supportive Living Initiative, with the community responsible to raise $2 million led by the Health Foundation campaign.
The Foundation is currently promoting the sale of symbolic bricks and leaves to individuals in their name, or that of a loved one.
“I would certainly encourage people from Lloydminster and area to consider making a donation,” said Starke.
The campaign he said is, “a really good example of a community recognizing a need and responding to that need and getting the job done very quickly in just over two years.”