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Magrath’s new seniors’ complex gets federal grand unveiling

Written by  Demi Knight
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Magrath has made a new home for seniors in the area as the brand new Diamond Willow Lodge officially opened this February.


Thanks to the efforts of the federal and provincial government, the new state-of-the-art facility officially opened its doors to the public on Feb. 20 with 43 units to help improve the lives of seniors across the region.
“We recognize how important it is for seniors to be able to live independently, while still remaining close to families and friends,” says Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Honourable. “The beautiful new Diamond Willow Lodge is another example of our government’s commitment to ensuring that senior citizens are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment with the supports they need to thrive.”
The Diamond Willow Lodge Seniors Home project that began with the goal of replacing the original senior’s lodge standing within Magrath to a new, upgraded facility, has seen not only newly-renovated suites, but also the addition of four extra units.
With the announcement being made by Duclos at the Feb. 20 press conference, along with the Minister of Alberta Seniors and Housing, Lori Sigurdson, the importance of creating a space for seniors to feel safe and happy within the community was a topic of importance during the unveiling.
“Our government is making life better for seniors in the town of Magrath and surrounding communities by providing safe, comfortable and affordable housing,” said Sigurdson. “This investment supports seniors to age in their community, close to family and friends.”
The $10.7 million investment which is being provided by the federal and provincial government, is given to Magrath under the Affordable Housing 2014-2019 Agreement.  With a national housing strategy recently being unveiled by the the Government of Canada that offers a ten-year plan of creating 100,000 new housing units across the country, this project has become a part of the federal government’s efforts to create better living situations for all demographics across Canada.
The importance of older generations within Magrath require that same support says Kim Schnoor, Chief Administrative Officer of the Chinook Foundation.
“It’s important for the well-being of our older adults (seniors) that they have the opportunity to live in the community of their choice,” explained Schnoor.  “Maintaining ties with family and friends can do much to preserve their health and sense of belonging.”
The new Diamond Willow Lodge which works to provide safe, comfortable and modernized homes for new long-time residents and will be accepting new seniors within the upcoming months.

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