After years of advocating and months of construction, Willow Square is officially welcoming its first residents.
Several individuals who’ve been living at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre crossed the road on Wednesday to their new home at the continuing care centre.
Seniors advocate Iris Kirschner tells Mix News it’s an emotional day as more residents can now comfortably live their lives, whether it be their final days, in the community they love.
“No one will have to leave their community, like my husband and I had to, for care. No matter what your age you can get the care you need here.”
Construction on the $102 million continuing care centre finished back in January.
The previous provincial government officially approved the project, while the current GoA took over the initiative after being elected in 2019.
It currently has 108 beds with the capacity to add an additional 36.
It’s been designed to provide housing, medical services, and programs to seniors and younger individuals living with disabilities.
These features are making Willow Square the province’s ‘most advanced’ continuing care centre.
“All the residents in the past who’ve advocated so strongly about this… we’ve had a lot of seniors who’ve fought for having this facility and all the seniors of the future will benefit,” added Mayor Don Scott.
An official grand opening for the facility will be held later this week.
Premier Jason Kenney is expected to make an appearance at the celebration.
-With files from Shawn Crites