Monday , 14 June 2021

Vermilion Valley Lodge finishes construction

Vermilion Valley Lodge in done construction.

With 124 units, the $14.1 million modernization has been completed.

The updated lodge provides more modern, affordable housing for seniors with low income.

The community fundraised $1.5 million to help finish the build, which began in 2017.

“Our community is excited to celebrate the modernization of our lodge which will provide a home to our seniors for many generations,” said mayor Caroline McAuley, who sits as board chair of Vermilion & District Housing Foundation.

“We thank the Alberta government for their generous support and the Vermilion community who championed this project and raised $1.5 million to furnish the lodge. The response from residents and the community at large has been overwhelmingly positive and the residents love their new home.”

Seniors Minister Josephine Pon, middle, joined MLA Garth Roswell, left, Mayor McAuley, second from left, and the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation, right, to celebrate the grand opening of modernized seniors units.

Three of five units were modernized at the Valley Lodge.

“With the opening of the updated Vermilion Valley Lodge, seniors in the area now have more modern, affordable housing options so they can continue to live in their chosen community,” said Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing.

“Our government is pleased to partner in projects that support seniors and their families.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.