Another chapter in Prince Albert’s long history of charitable generosity was written during the campaign to furnish Pineview Terrace Lodge.
With a $100,000 donation by local philanthropist Malcolm Jenkins on Nov. 27, the fundraising campaign exceeded its original goal of raising $975,000 in 60 days, coming up with $1 million in just over two months.
It was part one of another feel-good story for the city.
Part two was written last week when the residents were finally able to move into their spacious new quarters.
“It gives us lots of room -- lots more than where I came from,” resident Don Barkhouse told the Daily Herald’s Jodi Schellenberg on Monday. “There is three times as much room. To me it is lovely, couldn’t go wrong.”
Another resident, Jack Vandergragt, echoed his sentiments.
“I was just a stranger in paradise -- really,” he said. “If I come in a new building, I have to have somebody with me and show me the way around. Now I’m wheeling around from one end to the other end, all by myself, and I don’t have any problems.”
While it was obviously a busy time for staff as they completed the transition, director of care Marj Bodnarchuk was obviously happy with the new facility.
“We went from a very small space to an extremely large space and we went from a place that was a little worn and in need of a little bit of a décor upgrade to a place that looks like a very exclusive hotel,” she said. “One resident said, ‘Oh I bet a millionaire lives here.’”
It was an interesting coincidence that another of Prince Albert’s recent major projects, the new building for the SPCA on North Industrial Drive, opened around the same time.
While the two facilities obviously serve very different functions, they both owe a significant debt of gratitude to the people of Prince Albert.
But both serve more vulnerable members of our society.
Pineview Terrace had all of its residents from the former facility move over, along with some new folks coming in because of the new facility’s greater size.
With additional space for common areas and the therapy department, every part of the lives of residents could improve.
Bodnarchuk noted that even the staff members are enthralled with their new surroundings.
“Some of the staff in the houses have felt wonderful ownership of their house, their people, their job, their responsibility and what a wonderful thing to hear,” Bodnarchuk said. “That’s what it is all about -- it is about being proud of where you work and help people and it is your life too.”
We couldn’t have put it better.
Prince Albert Daily Herald