Province supporting new Gimli seniors residence

Wharton and Fielding announced, May 25, the province’s support for a 55-plus seniors housing unit that will be going up in Gimli within the next two years. Photo submitted by Tammy Axelsson

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Gimli MLA Jeff Wharton met with Scott Fielding, Minister of Families at the Gimli New Horizons 55 Plus Centre on May 25 to announce the approximate 8 to 10-million dollars in funding for a 55-plus seniors housing unit that has been in the works for several years, according to Wharton.

“(We are expecting) anywhere between eight and ten million dollars of support from the government,” Wharton told The Interlake Spectator on May 29.

“We announced a new forty unit, 55-plus seniors housing (unit is) being built on the lawn bowling area adjacent to the New Horizon Centre,” he said.

“With all the hard work that has been done over the years, once we finally cross the finish line it’s also important to get it out to the community to ensure they know that this is coming and that we’re excited for the folks in Gimli, especially the seniors, so this is great news (for them).”

Wharton extended his gratitude to all the volunteers from the Gimli Seniors Residence Group and their board for having the wherewithal to stick with it and continue the process that he said is nearing the finish line.

“The goal of course is barring any weather-related concerns, we are certainly very motivated to ensure this project gets built in the next two years,” he explained.

“Hopefully we will break ground after the lawn bowling season, so hopefully this fall.”

“It’s coming for sure,” he said. “Gimli is known as one of the older demographs in Manitoba with a mean age of about 57 years old so we obviously recognize the need for seniors (housing) and Gimli recognizes the need for affordable seniors housing so (this is) a good news story for seniors in Manitoba and in Gimli.”