Lat­est ad­di­tion to manor

Char­wood Le­gion Cot­tages of­fi­cially opened

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Char­wood Le­gion Cot­tages were of­fi­cially opened in Car­bon­ear last Wed­nes­day, Nov. 2.

The of­fi­cial open­ing took place nine months af­ter the first res­i­dents moved into their new homes on Feb. 1 of this year.

But long be­fore con­struc­tion on the new cot­tages got un­der­way last fall, they were al­ready re­served by their first tenants.

The 10 one-bed­room cot­tages, which of­fi­cially opened last week, pro­vide liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tions for 14 se­nior res­i­dents. The board of di­rec­tors, which op­er­ates the fa­cil­ity, could fill at least 70 other beds if they had the ac­com­mo­da­tions to meet the de­mand. That’s roughly how many in­di­vid­u­als they have on their wait­ing list - an in­di­ca­tion of how great the de­mand is for se­niors’ ac­com­mo­da­tions.

The new cot­tages are the lat­est ad­di­tion to Char­wood Le­gion Manor, which orig­i­nally opened its doors in 1988 with 20 units.

Three years later (1991) eight more units were added bring­ing the to­tal to 28 in­clud­ing 22 onebed­room and six two- bed­room apart­ments.

In its 23rd year, Char­wood now has a to­tal of 38 units ac­com­mo­dat­ing some 48 res­i­dents.

Ap­proval for the new cot­tages was granted last spring and con­struc­tion on the lat­est ad­di­tion to the grow­ing se­niors com­plex got un­der­way last fall.

Mar­velous vi­sion

Les­lie For­ward, Char­wood board sec­re­tary, who chaired last week’s open­ing cer­e­mony, re­mem­bered the six Le­gion­naires who started it all a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago. Be­sides her fa­ther, Roy Noel, they were Claude Bar­rett, district com­man­der at the time; Mau­rice Glad­den, Al Gal­lant, Char­lie Piercey and Bill Tit­ford.

“They must have had a mar­vel­lous vi­sion,” For­ward told the crowd gath­ered for the rib­bon cut- ting, “be­cause it seems to­day ev­ery­body is look­ing to do se­niors hous­ing be­cause of the vast need.”

In fact, in its 23 years of op­er­a­tion, Char­wood Le­gion Manor has never had a va­cancy, For­ward told The Com­pass af­ter­wards.

De­mand is so great that apart­ments only re­main va­cant long enough to be cleaned and painted be­fore the next ten­ant moves in.

$1.25 mil­lion project

Canada Mort­gage and Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion pro­vided the $ 1.25 mil­lion for the project, which is ad­min­is­tered by the New­found­land and Labrador Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (NLHC).

Kather­ine Le­blanc, con­sul­tant, mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions with CMHC said, “projects like the Char­wood Le­gion Manor here in Car­bon­ear show what can be achieved when dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions and lev­els of govern­ment work to­gether. As a re­sult of this col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort, the lives of low- in­come se­niors and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in this com­mu­nity will change for the bet­ter.”

Le­blanc noted, “Char­wood Le­gion Manor re­ceived a to­tal of more than $687,000 in fed­eral fund­ing - $ 625,000 of which comes un­der the Canada-new­found­land and Labrador Af­ford­able Hous­ing Ini­tia­tive, and over $62,000 un­der the stim­u­lus phase of Canada’s Eco­nomic Ac­tion Plan. These in­vest­ments give hope to res­i­dents who need qual­ity, af­ford­able hous­ing that meets their needs, Le­blanc said.

As a re­sult of this de­vel­op­ment, she sug­gested, “more peo­ple will be able to find hous­ing that meets their needs right here in Car­bon­ear.”

“She said, “a safe and af­ford­able place to call home is im­por­tant to Cana­dian fam­i­lies and their com­mu­ni­ties.”

Kate Mof­fatt, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor pro­gram de­liv­ery and plan­ning with NLHC agreed, adding: “There are few things in life so nec­es­sary and ba­sic as hav­ing a roof over your head.”

She said the open­ing rep­re­sents “an af­ford­able hous­ing in­vest­ment of $1.25 mil­lion through NLHC for the con­struc­tion of 10 additional units at Char­wood Le­gion Manor, two of which are ac­ces­si­ble.”

This project goes way be­yond dol­lars and cents and even bricks and mor­tar, Mof­fatt said.

“These new units are mak­ing a very pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in the lives of se­niors who live here and pro­vides more af­ford­able hous­ing in this re­gion.”

Deputy Mayor Ches Ash ac­knowl­edged the “spe­cial con­tri­bu­tion the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion has made to the town in help­ing solve the needs that are ob­vi­ous to us.

“The need for hous­ing for se­niors is a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant one, and the Le­gion has played an im­por­tant part in ad­dress­ing that need through­out the years,” Ash con­cluded.

Berkley Lawrence, District Com­man­der, District 2 com­mended the Char­wood board of di­rec­tors for their “out­stand­ing work and ex­tra­or­di­nary pa­tience” in see­ing the project to com­ple­tion.

He also rec­og­nized the res­i­dents of Char­wood Manor “who never com­plained dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the new ad­di­tion.”

Flanked by Le­gion and govern­ment of­fi­cials, Muriel Thorne, a res­i­dent of Char­wood Le­gion Cot­tages snips the rib­bon to mark the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new se­niors hous­ing fa­cil­ity in Car­bon­ear. From left: Jamie For­ward; Ross Pet­ten, first vice pres­i­dent, Provin­cial Com­mand; Ches Ash, deputy mayor; Char­lie Piercey, past chair and project chair, Char­wood Le­gion Manor; Kather­ine Le­blanc, con­sul­tant mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, CMHC; Muriel Thorne; Kate Mof­fatt, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, pro­gram de­liv­ery and plan­ning, NLHC; Whit­field An­drews, Char­wood board chair­man; Greg Hussey, Kar­wood Con­tract­ing; Fa­ther Mark Janes, St. James Angli­can Church, Car­bon­ear and Don Brown.

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