The Town of Edson celebrated the opening of a new seniors housing unit this week, that will allow more access to services and supports for seniors in Edson.
The town held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the 105-unit Parkland Lodge, which is designed to meet the needs of seniors with lower and moderate-income who may need services like meals and housekeeping. The Lodge also offers seniors self-contained units and units that provide scheduled health care.
The federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Ahmed Hussen, and Alberta’s Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon participated in the ribbon-cutting.
“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Minister Hussen. “Investments like Parkland Lodge demonstrated that our government is committed to helping create new jobs and stimulate the economy while providing access to safe, affordable homes for well-deserving seniors.”
Minister Pon shared Hussen’s comments. “This is a great day for Edson seniors and their families. The redeveloped Parkland Lodge meets the needs of seniors in this community. By replacing outdated units and adding new ones, we can provide affordable housing to more seniors, with the right services, more cost-effectively.”
The governments of Alberta and Canada provided $18.4 million for the Parkland Lodge project. The housing management body, the Evergreens Foundation, contributed $8.3 million for a total budget of $26.7 million.
Mayor for the Town of Edson, Kevin Zahara, thanked all those who participated in making the project happen.
“This beautiful facility that enhances and expands the opportunity for seniors in Edson to age with grace and dignity in their community, close to family and friends, is a wonderful example of what happens when committed partners work together. Our community thanks the Government of Alberta and the Evergreens Foundation for both honouring our past and strengthening our future with this significant investment in Edson.”
Chair of the Evergreens Foundation, Janet Wilkinson said, “The Evergreens Foundation, in partnership with the provincial government, is excited to offer even more exceptional services to the seniors in our area. We look forward to further collaboration as we strive to meet the needs and demands of the growing senior population in our region.”