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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
May 13, 2010

Lions Personal Care Centre 10th Anniversary

Mr. Speaker, caring for our senior citizens is a responsibility shared by all Manitobans. The dedicated administration and staff at Lions Personal Care Centre in my constituency of Wolseley have been working to provide their residents with attention, warmth, and the best care since the centre's inception a decade ago.

I had the immense pleasure recently of attending their 10th anniversary celebration last week, and I'm very pleased today to congratulate them on this momentous milestone.

Lions Personal Care Centre admitted its first residents on May 7th, 2000, and it quickly became home to 116 seniors in need. This centre was built as a result of the vision, foresight and determination of local Lions members. These include George Harvey, who was the first president of the Lions Club of Winnipeg Housing Centre and Mr. Vic Pinchin, who served as master of ceremonies at the opening 10 years ago and who spoke most eloquently of that journey at last week's anniversary.

Lions Personal Care Centre recognizes the daunting task of providing affordable housing options for the seniors of future generations as well. The centre's mission statement is to serve the changing needs of aging seniors through provision of a continuum of care, affordable housing and meaningful programs based on wellness principles. This mirrors the energy and commitment of its team, and the addition of nurse practitioners to the staff at the centre is just one recent example of this innovative spirit.

Mr. Speaker, care centre staff also recognize the immense importance of family and friends having the opportunity to participate in the lives of seniors and residents. This is, in fact, critical to their health and well-being. The importance of this is reflected and–at the anniversary when many families had more than four generations represented and joined seven of the centre's original residents at the anniversary who continue to live there.

Mr. Speaker, Lions Personal Care Centre is an important institution in my community. I would like to very much thank Ann Williment, Director of Recreation and Support Services, for her fine role as master of ceremonies and want to commend all the staff, board, residents and families for their many years of dedication to our community seniors.

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.