Ribbon-cutting at Grace Christian Home
The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Grace Christian Home’s one and a half million dollar renovation project took place last Sunday, in Huntingville. Owned along with the Connaught Home, of North Hatley, by
the non-profit Massawippi Christian Retirement Homes, the money for the project came entirely from the organization’s W.J. Klinck Foundation.
“We decided to hold the ribbon-cutting ceremony on that date to underline one of our resident’s 90th birthdays. Mrs. Claire Fisk was a nurse at the Grace Christian Home for many years before she became a resident. She was the Home’s first Matron,” said Michael Page, the Executive Director of Massawippi Christian Retirement Homes. Several of Mrs. Fisk’s relatives, including one who came all the way from Japan, attended the special occasion.
Much of the renovation work done at the senior’s residence, built in 1956, was needed to bring the building up to present codes. The kitchen was expanded and made safer and more efficient for employees who used to have to run downstairs to get food from the freezers. A loading ramp behind the building for supplies is another addition that improves safety. There is also a new examining room, an enlarged nursing station, and the Director of Nursing office was moved up from the basement.
The building’s septic system was brought up to code and a new generator, which comes on automatically, was installed in a specially built room. “We now have a new washroom with state-of-the-art facilities, and we enlarged the Tea Room. That room certainly gets used by our residents a lot; for the ceremony it was full. Our residents are very pleased with the renovations, some find it quite beautiful. It’s a nice change and it’s their home, so it’s exciting for them,” added Mr. Page.
Besides, with the Grace Christian Home and the Connaught Home, providing comfortable and safe environments for seniors with special needs, Massawippi Christian Retirement Homes also provides financial support, should the need arise, so their residents can remain living in the Homes. “We’ll provide services for them as long as they need them,” said the Executive Director.
The W.J. Klinck Foundation is now running a campaign to raise $400,000.
Grace Christian Home resident Carol Hobbs reads along with Jim Davidson during the inauguration of the $1.5 million renovation project.
Older sister Olivia Page helps her sister Vienna, daughters of Executive Director Michael Page, read during the ceremony.
Foundation Chairman Jim Davidson speaks to the audience at the Grace Christian Home as professor Brad Willms looks on.