Lila Tanner

Lila Tanner

Rotary Club of Nanaimo donates $50K to care home

NANAIMO – Eden Gardens expected to be leader in dementia care in Canada.

The Rotary Club of Nanaimo presented Nanaimo Travellers Lodge with a donation of $50,000 for its new dementia care facility on Northfield Road.

“Through our fundraising efforts, particularly our bi-annual book sale, we are excited to support [Nanaimo Travellers Lodge] with funding for this state-of-the-art facility,” said Lila Tanner, Rotary president. “The club hopes to deliver an additional donation of $50,000 upon completion of the new facility in spring 2017.”

This donation holds a personal interest for Tanner, who was involved in fundraising in the early days of planning for the new building and continued to stay involved as the plans were in development to build a new facility.

“Now here we are 10 years later and I’m so proud our Rotary Club is able to provide financial support to a facility that will set the standard for dementia care in western Canada,” Tanner said.

She was among community members who toured the new facility, which is 50 percent completed. When finished, the new Eden Gardens facility will provide larger rooms for its elders in a village-like atmosphere.

The two-story wood framed building will feature communities with neighborhoods, outdoor gardens, a solarium and areas for activities and family visits. It also includes two classrooms for training.

“Eden Gardens will lead the charge in Canada to train other nursing care facilities on our concept,” said Robert Grose, the lodge’s fund development chairman. “When completed, we will have one of the top dementia care facilities in the country.”

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