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Letter to the Editor: ‘We want to know more about current and future needs for the Lacombe County senior population’

‘There is no question but that we need a new senior’s residence in Lacombe’

To the Editor:

I noted with pleasure an advertisement in the County News regarding a new senior’s community development in Lacombe. The ad reads in part:

“The Bethany Group, Lacombe Foundation and HFKS Architects want your input on the needs, functions, and requirements of a new Senior’s Community Residence in Lacombe.

We want to know more about current and future needs for the Lacombe County senior population. If you are over the age of 40, we encourage you to attend our information session or take part in our online survey.”

It is my understanding that in order to qualify for government grants, project applications must be “shovel ready” in order to be considered. So, this is the first step in the process.

There is no question but that we need a new senior’s residence in Lacombe. Our Lodge is an amazing facility, providing excellent care to senior residents – my mother was a resident there. However, it will be sixty years old next year.

HFKS Architects, Bethany and the Lacombe Foundation are asking for community input via:

Information Session – Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre Presentation at 5:30 p.m. – Drop in event 5 to 7 p.m.

Online Survey – February 18 – March 22, 2019: www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCSENIORS

I have completed the online survey and feel it will provide invaluable information regarding the demographics of our City and County residents. I urge everyone to participate in this important initiative. A new seniors’ facility may not fit in your future plans, but we all know of family, friends or neighbours who will require or desire this service.

Please complete the survey and/or attend the open house.

Margaret Linklater

5210 – 51 St.

Lacombe, AB T4L 1H9

403-782-1887

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