© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Ronald McDonald House Sk. executive director Tammy Forrester and Cameco president and CEO Tim Gitzel sandwich local McDonald’s owners Ken and Jan Malenfant during a funding announcement on Tuesday.
During a press conference in Prince Albert on Tuesday, Cameco pledged the final $1 million of a $10-million project to more than double Saskatoon’s Ronald McDonald House capacity from 13 to 34 rooms.
Ground has already broken on the expansion, executive director Tammy Forrester said, adding that they anticipate it will open in the spring of 2014.
“The exterior is all complete, and now they’re working on the inside and dry walling … from the third floor down -- it’s well underway,” she said.
The announcement was made at Prince Albert’s McDonald’s Restaurant on Second Avenue West -- a fitting city for such an announcement, Forrester said.
“It’s important that we let people in this community know that this house is there for them -- it’s there to serve those families who are coming to Saskatoon because their children are receiving medical treatment in Saskatoon,” she explained.
It was also a fitting charitable organization for Cameco to support, Cameco Corporation president and CEO Tim Gitzel said during his visit to Prince Albert.
The exterior is all complete, and now they’re working on the inside and dry walling … from the third floor down -- it’s well underway. Tammy Forrester
“We have a lot of employees here in Prince Albert, and a lot of people in Prince Albert use Ronald McDonald House if they have kids in the University Hospital or one of the other hospitals (in Saskatoon),” he said.
There are currently about 2,500 Saskatchewan residents employed by Cameco -- most of whom live in northern Saskatchewan, Gitzel said.
“Those are the people that are using Ronald McDonald House,” he said. “They might be employees, they might be families of our employees … so we though it was a good fit for or corporate theology.”
From Prince Albert, Gitzel is flying north to Key Lake where he’ll help celebrate its 30-year anniversary.
Things are also progressing at their latest project -- Cigar Lake, where more than $2 billion has been spent in developing a mine.
Saving further comment until their latest quarterly report comes out next week, the Daily Herald will keep readers up to date as information comes forward.