Latest addition to manor
Charwood Legion Cottages officially opened
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.
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.