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Seniors lodge reopens after flood and fire

With support from the Alberta government, neither flooding nor fire could keep Medicine Tree Manor from opening its doors to residents.

Seniors lodge reopens after flood and fire

Residents of Medicine Tree Manor and High River community members listen as Seniors and Housing Minister Lori Sigurdson announces the grand reopening of 100 seniors lodge units.

Seniors and Housing Minister Lori Sigurdson welcomed High River seniors home to 100 brand-new lodge units. Medicine Tree Manor features modern and spacious suites and includes more amenities – from a library to a lounge. The community has been waiting for the grand reopening since 2013 when it was damaged by the southern Alberta flood, and then destroyed by fire during its rebuild in 2015.   

“High River seniors truly demonstrated the resiliency Albertans are known for. They have been patient and steadfast through so much and our government is proud to support a project that ensures they can stay in their community, close to family and friends. It was an honour to be there today to welcome them home.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing

Seniors and Housing invested $5 million to help repair damages caused by the 2013 southern Alberta flood. The ministry also provided a $1.2-million loan to help with reconstruction after a fire destroyed the structure in 2015, just months before the planned reopening.

“We appreciate the grant and loan the government has provided to assist in the rebuilding effort and we are grateful to have this new facility available for seniors in the Foothills area once again.”

Al Brander, chair of Westwinds Communities Board of Directors

Quick facts

  • On Oct. 24, 2017, the first group of residents moved into the building, including 15 seniors initially displaced by the flood
  • Around 90 of Medicine Tree Manor’s units are currently occupied
  • Only a stained-glass window and basement foundation were salvaged from the original building
  • Westwinds Communities is the housing management body that operates the building under the Alberta Housing Act

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