Medicine Tree Manor
The past five and half years have been an amazing story of resilience as Westwinds Communities has rebuilt Medicine Tree Manor, High River, not once but twice.
Medicine Tree Manor is home to both the Manor and Millennium Park which links the subsidized senior’s lodge with Soderberg House, a subsidized senior’s independent living apartment. Millennium Park was originally opened in 1999 to commemorate the year of International Older Persons. Unfortunately the park was devastated by the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood and insurance did not cover the landscape rehabilitation. Westwinds was able to maintain the park in the duration but unable to rehabilitate the area. Since 2017, Westwinds has been pro-actively fundraising to restore Millennium Park at an estimated cost of $100,000.
Wawanesa’s “surprise” donation of $20,000 was presented to Medicine Tree Manor residents on December 24, 2018, as part of Western Financial Group’s Stockings from Santa gifts for 115 Lodge residents. The Christmas stockings delivered by Santa and his Elves provided many seniors with necessities and a personal connection during the holidays.
Lauren Ingalls, CAO, Westwinds Communities, received the Wawanesa donation along with Board members Carol McMillan and Kathryn Robson from Linda Holmes, Branch Manager, Western Financial Group. Lauren shared with residents that “thanks to the generosity of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company and Western Financial Group, Westwinds vision for the park will materialize with new extended walking paths linking the entire property, raised planting beds, a fire pit and recreation space, new trees, perennial beds and shrubs to beautify the space, a new windmill and quiet spaces for our seniors to enjoy the new park. Most importantly the park will be a year round space for our residents and their families to recreate, exercise, reflect and build new memories. The donation is a true Christmas miracle for Westwinds.”
The park design is currently awaiting town permit approval and Westwinds will construct the park in 2019.
Generous gifts of this kind help Westwinds Communities to continue to provide a high standard of resident services and support.
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