The New Estevan Regional Nursing Home has received a donation for their project.
"We received an email from a young lady of the name Ella Gudmundson had been creating chain charms and then selling them. Over the past 2 years she's raised $100 and she was encouraged to donate the money to the New Estevan Regional Nursing Home by her aunt who works at the Regional Nursing Home for Lampman. It is important to get this nursing home built, her mother Linda Gudmundson of Dynamic Signs matched the $100 and today they presented us a check for $200," explained Don Kindopp the Chair of the New Estevan Regional Nursing Home.
"We were required to raise 20% of the cost and we've done that already, we've raised 8 million dollars about three years ago in January. We're waiting for the government to come forward and match with their 80%, we've spoken with the government and we've talked to our local MLA to encourage them to move on to this project to get it started."
"I feel it is an extremely important project in this city. Our elders are receiving excellent care at the present Regional Nursing Home but the building was designed on a philosophy of care 50 years ago which was more of an institution rather than a home. We think that it is important that our elders feel that the place that they live in in their home and that they can enjoy all the things that they would ordinarily enjoy in their own home. The design can't be like a hotel where you have a long hallway with rooms off the corridor and it has to have living environments that encourage them to be as active as they can and to participate in their care," he stated.
The community has showed their support for this project.
"We know from the participation of people within the community through their contributions such as the Souris Clubs, the local RM's and the local Government Authorities. People generally support this project and the reason I know that is because they've come froward with the 8 million dollars in contributions and that. Right now we've undertaken a letter writing campaign where we encourage people to read the letter we want to send to the Ministry of Health and to support that letter by putting a signature on it. We have three places in the City that they can do that, one being A&A Jewelry, the present Nursing Home on Wellock Road and the third spot would be at St.Joseph's Hospital."