The New Estevan Regional Nursing Home committee is not sitting idly by as they wait for word from the government on whether or not they will support them in their plans to bring a new nursing home to Estevan. They recently welcomed a new board member.
"I think it's a really strong group," shared Brian Senchuk, who was welcomed to the committee. "They've done a lot of work to raise the money which is, in my opinion, the hard part."
"I'd like to help them out, fresh blood might not hurt as far as pushing the government to make the final steps to make it happen."
Senchuk was involved in bringing the 2016 Summer Games to Estevan and co-chaired the event.
"I like to think I work well with others and in group committees."
Senchuk added that he would have liked to join the group earlier but other commitments kept him from doing so.
"It's going to have a big impact on the community and I think it's important to focus on something that is going to make a big difference to the community at large. A lot of my efforts in the past have been focused on youth and sports and I'd like to focus on something that is impactful to our ageing population. And of course, the conditions of the nursing home as it is, speaks for itself."
"We want our loved ones to have a place they can be proud of and they deserve it. "
Don Kindopp, New Estevan Regional Nursing Home Committee was happy to welcome Senchuk to the committee.
"Brian has been active in the community. One of the jewels in his crown is the Summer Games. So we were pleased to have Brian approach us and say he was interested in continuing his community involvement by being a part of the New Estevan Regional Nursing Home committee."
"He has the best interests of the Estevan community and surrounding communities at heart and he's proven to be an asset."
Kindopp also shared an update on where the project is at now.
"We have approached the government and spoken with the government in January of this year and we received a letter at the end of March. They appreciate our efforts to bring a new nursing home to the community and that we should approach the Saskatchewan Health Authority in regards to this matter. So that's exactly what we're going to do."
"We're in the process of putting together a business plan. We hope to have that plan completed towards the end of August and then approach the government in September because that's the time when they set their priorities for budgets."
Kindopp believes that Senchuk will be an asset to have on the committee to get the project moving towards the next step.