Smoky Lake se­niors home opens

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - EMMA GRANEY egraney@post­media.com twit­ter.com/Em­maLGraney

The new Bar-V-Nook Manor of­fi­cially opened its doors in Smoky Lake Fri­day.

The home’s 60 large units of­fer more flex­i­bil­ity for se­niors in the level of care they can ac­cess, al­low­ing them to re­main close to their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. It re­places the old manor, which could only house 48 peo­ple.

The pro­vin­cial and fed­eral govern­ments kicked in $23 mil­lion for the re­de­vel­op­ment project, which is part of the Na­tional Hous­ing Strat­egy — a 10-year, $40-bil­lion plan to cre­ate 100,000 new hous­ing units, lift 530,000 fam­i­lies out of hous­ing need, and re­pair more than 300,000 other hous­ing units. It also aims to cut chronic home­less­ness by half.

Fed­eral Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Amar­jeet Sohi said the new manor will im­prove the well-be­ing and sense of se­cu­rity for se­niors in the re­gion.

VOL­UN­TEER AWARDS

Al­berta’s most ex­cep­tional vol­un­teers will be hon­oured at a cer­e­mony Mon­day in Ed­mon­ton, where they will re­ceive the Sov­er­eign’s Medal for Vol­un­teers.

The medal is the high­est award for vol­un­teers pre­sented in Canada. It rec­og­nizes ex­cep­tional vol­un­teer achieve­ments in a wide range of fields and pays trib­ute to their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment.

Thirty-one Al­ber­tans will re­ceive the hon­our Mon­day, in­clud­ing 13 from in and around Ed­mon­ton in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria Carter, Ja­son Finkbeiner, Azeem Iftikhar, Philip Kon­ing, Er­win Loewen, Lorne Ed­ward Parker, Evert Poor, Au­gusto Ribeiro, Solomon Rol­ingher, William Shaver, Alan Sko­reyko, Sofia Yaqub and Mon­ica Ze­niuk.

YOUTH MEET FOR MIN­IS­TER’S COUN­CIL

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter David Eggen will meet face-to-face with 32 Al­ber­tan stu­dents over the week­end in Ed­mon­ton for the 2018-19 Min­is­ter’s Youth Coun­cil.

It’s the first of three meet­ings for the coun­cil.

Top­ics will in­clude on­go­ing cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment, anti-racism and the in­ter­na­tional ex­change pro­gram. Coun­cil mem­bers will also work with Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion staff to de­velop goals and a vi­sion for the coun­cil’s term.

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