Credit Union plays Santa

By Geoff Lee

December 7, 2017 11:21 AM

Officials from the downtown branch of Servus Credit Union presented a cheque to Lloydminster Region Health Foundation reps toward a $2 million fundraising goal to cover construction costs of Pioneer House. Joy Bell, administrator for Pioneer Lodge, the original wing of the seniors’ care home, accepted the cheque Tuesday. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

Ho, ho, ho.
The two local branches of the Lloydminster Servus Credit Union played Santa by filling the fundraising stocking of Pioneer House with a donation of $10,000.
The donation made Tuesday at the downtown branch edges the $2 million fundraising goal of the seniors’ care facility well over the $1.5 million hump.
“It just seemed like the perfect fit for us,” said Allan Gabert, vice president, business banking operations for Servus Credit Union.
“The credit union is made up of people that have supported us for many years, so it just seemed like a natural fit.”
Joy Bell, administrator of Pioneer Lodge, called the donation from Servus Credit Union fantastic.
“The support we’ve received from the community has just been overwhelming all the way along, but now we’re down to the last $500,000,” she said.
“To get a gift of this size is certainly a big impact.”
The $2 million fund is the community portion to cover the $16 million cost of the completed expansion of the 44 Level 4-D beds adjacent to the original Pioneer Lodge wing.
Bell said 42 of the 44 beds are now occupied by residents after a grand opening earlier in June.
The upgrade in care means all 44 dwelling units are secure for dementia clients, and have onsite 24 hour LPN care with assistance from Health Care Aides.
Pioneer Lodge houses 139 residents and is a level 2 care facility with 24 hour on-call services.
The Pioneer House expansion wing is a cost split between the Government of Alberta and the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation and their donors.
Bell said the timing of the gift from the credit union couldn’t be better.
“Receiving it at any time is always pretty good, but it certainly does really amplify the spirit of the season,” she said.
Bell said the new residence has allowed the facility to keep six couples together close to their families and the community they helped to build.
She said the building would not be here today without the commitment made by the Health Foundation and the donations they have raised to date.
Malcolm Radke, CEO of the Health Region Foundation said, “We’re always happy whenever the cooperatives step up for us.
“Servus Credit Union has served many people both in Lloydminster and the surrounding region so now it’s time to give back in the form of senior care support.”
Radke said the donation will likely go toward the naming rights of a component of Pioneer House.
“Typically, what we’ve done with these five-figure donations is they’ll get a library or a meeting room or a break-off room or something like that,” he said, noting it will be up to the credit union to choose.
“Now that we have the cash in hand, we’ll take them for a walk and show off all the amazing amenities in the facility and let them go from there,” said Radke.

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