The sod was officially turned by Elsa Laing, chairperson for EBCH, Paul Campbell, South Eastman Health; Provencher MP Vic Toews, Chris Summerville, South Eastman Health; Kerri Irvin-Ross, Minister of Housing and Community Development; Cliff Graydon MLA Emerson; Duane Boutang Reeve RM of Piney; and Marvin Hovorka former Reeve RM of Piney.
By Marianne Curtis
After years of hard work, a community based group that has been the force behind the construction of a seniors housing complex in the RM of Piney finally got their wish.
On October 29, over one hundred and twenty people came out the celebrate as ground was broken and construction commenced on the East Borderland Community Housing in Sprague.
The East Borderland Community Housing committee has been actively fundraising for seniors housing to be attached to the current primary health care center located along Highway #12 in Sprague.
The Sprague seniors’ project, received $3.4 million from the Governments of Canada and Manitoba. Additional seed funding was provided by CMHC in the form of a $10,000 interest-free loan and a $10,000 grant to assist during the initial project planning stages.
Elsa Laing, chairperson for the East Borderland Primary Health Care Centre (EBCH) is thrilled that the spade is in the ground.
“When completed this project will offer seniors in the RM of Piney and Buffalo Point an attractive and healthy and supportive place to enjoy the next phase of their life,” says Laing. “We would like to thank our government parties for making this project a reality.”
The entire project is composed of 12 personal care beds, 8 supportive units and 15 elderly person’s housing units. East Borderland Community Housing Inc. has taken responsibility for funding, constructing, and operating the Elderly Person’ Housing (EPH). The personal care home part of the project is estimated to cost approximately $2.2 million.