The New Regional Nursing Home saw a show of support Monday afternoon when they were presented with a cheque for $50,000 from Affinity Credit Union. 

The board of directors decided to contribute that money towards the New Estevan Regional Nursing Home, and more specifically, their plans for a hospice palliative care room. 

"Our district council has received our triennial funding this year, and had $50,000," explained Affinity Credit Union board member, Pauline Ziehl Grimsrud. "And with that, the seven of us have the opportunity to support any project that we see fit, in the southeast corner. We went through a number of ideas where we would like to put our money."

She added that they know that there is a need for an updated nursing home in Estevan and they wanted to support it. 

"When the opportunity the palliative care room became an option for us, it seemed like a place where we could support. We know at some point in life, people need this room, they need these facilities. Many members on our council have dealt with elderly parents, grandparents  and we really felt that this room is such an important part at the end of life for people in our community and for their families. This is not just an extra, this is something that is really, really needed by the public and the people who will be living in this nursing home and for their families."

"We're happy today to make this presentation and we can't wait for them to start breaking ground."

Vern Buck, co-chair of the New Regional Nursing Home Committee shared that this room will be a welcome addition to their project. 

"It's going to be a special room where someone is on the verge of dying and has a terminal illness where the family can gather and be with that individual."

He added that is would also provide specialized healthcare to those individual at the end of life as well as their families."

Seeing that this is an additional donation from Affinity Credit Union, as they have already contributed to the project, the reaction from the presentation was one of pleasant surprise. 

"I think it's phenomenal, they really support the community."

Tania Adrist, committee member, echoed those comments. 

"It's an unexpected bonus for the committee since we already raised our $8 million. But it certainly keeps it in the public eye and it demonstrates to all people in our community and as well, the Ministry that this in an important project and people really believe in it and we really need to get something built. So it's one more vote of support, voting with dollars, community dollars, that building a nursing home in Estevan is a top priority which we are really trying to press on to the Ministry, that it is a top priority." 

The committee has come up with their required share on the money and is now waiting on approval from the provincial government. 

READ MORE: New Nursing Home Still Waiting For Action

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