The Marianhill Foundation has officially launched the Building Care capital campaign to fund an expansion and redevelopment at the long-term care facility. Marking the announcement on the site of the expansion (from left) were honorary campaign chairman Hector Clouthier, Marianhill director of finance and administration Susan Foran, Marianhill CEO Linda Tracey and Marianhill Foundation chairman Glenn Casey.
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The Marianhill Foundation has launched a $2 million capital campaign to help fund an expansion at the long-term care home.Over the next several years, Marianhill’s Cecelia Street site will undergo a multi-million dollar redevelopment that will see it grow from 131 long-term care beds to 160, while improving standards throughout the facility. This construction will include a two-storey addition built onto the existingD wing. Designed to meet new government standards, the floor plans comprise a ring of private, accessible resident rooms, public lounges, dining areas and care stations overlooking an open-air courtyard. The addition will be completed before the focus shifts to renovations as the aging facility no long meets provincial standards.The expansion was announced in the fall of 2018 with the support of the Ontario government. At that time it was also noted that the Marianhill board of directors has agreed to provide 50 per cent of the beds as basic subsidized long-term care spaces in order to improve access to services.The total project is estimated to cost approximately $24 million, but the Building Care capital campaign is an integral piece of the puzzle. Susan Foran, director of finance and administration at Marianhill, explained that the board has exhausted its financial options, which is why it is launching the capital campaign to assist with the project. She also noted that the government does not provide funding up front, but once the spaces are filled a per diem, which is an amount per-resident, per-day will be provided which will go towards the mortgage.Linda Tracey, Marianhill CEO, is confident the community will support this project. The hope is to have the tender documents prepared by this fall with the shovel hitting the ground in the spring of 2020 and a target of having the project completed in the spring of 2023.“We’re redesigning Marianhill to cultivate an increased sense of belonging for our residents, families, staff and volunteers. By nurturing essential connections, studies show we improve physical health and mental well-being, and ultimately build a stronger, more vital community,” she said in a news release.Hec Clouthier has come on board as the honorary chairman for the capital campaign. He noted the not-for-profit facility has been a great corporate citizen over the years, providing wonderful care for residents so he is happy to get behind this important community fundraiser.“I jumped at the chance to get involved because seniors in our community need compassionate care,” he said. “We want seniors golden years to be golden. We are appealing to the public to take a good look at this. Seniors have given so much to our community over the years and they deserve to be looked after.”After years on the foundation board Glenn Casey was pleased to take on a larger role as chairman. He is well aware of the care provided at the facility after his mother’s time in palliative care at Marianhill and his 99-year-old grandmother is currently a resident and he feels she receives excellent care.He calls this expansion a landmark project.“Marianhill has always played a lead role in ensuring the care and well-being of the elderly and vulnerable in our community,” he said. “This expansion only reinforces our mission to provide quality care close to the families of those entrusted to us.”While an announcement on fundraising events will be forthcoming, for now Tracey, Clouthier and Casey are willing to visit service groups to explain the project and discuss possible support for the campaign. Other ways to contribute to the Building Care campaign including hosting a community event to raise funds or participating in an event in support of the campaign. Follow the Marianhill Foundation Facebook page for event info and project updates. Tax receipts are available for personal and business donations to Marianhill Building Care.For more information, contact Linda Tracey at 613-735-6838.TPeplinskie@postmedia.com Twitter.com/TPeplinskie