Donna Antoine felt like she’d come full circle when she moved into Enderby Memorial Terrace six months ago.
“I was a nurse in the Enderby Hospital which was on this site for 30 years. I love the location. It’s easy to walk to town, the river walk and all of the parks,” she said.
“There is everything we need and the building is very secure and well-managed.”
An official opening for the 15 units of affordable housing for seniors and the disabled was held Tuesday.
During the ceremony, Barry Fawcett, of the Enderby Seniors Housing Society, introduced the guests, beginning with Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes.
“This is an exciting day for Enderby,” said Mayes.
“This is a great-looking building and I’m pleased that it includes units for people with disabilities because my sister has a disability and we know about looking for suitable housing. What has been done here demonstrates what we can achieve when we work together in partnership at all levels.”
Memorial Terrace is on Granville Street, near the health centre and adult day programs. It is designed so an assisted-living facility can be added as the next phase.
The structure is made from modular homes originally used by athletes at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
The federal government provided $1.1 million towards the project and the provincial government contributed $2.8 million.
Memorial Terrace is maintained and operated by the Enderby Seniors Housing Society, which worked on every phase of the project.
The residents help with snow removal, painting the outdoor furniture and caring for the community garden, which was built by the Enderby Lions Club and A.L. Fortune Secondary’s grad class.
“It’s special for me to see this because I was born at the Enderby Hospital,” said Shuswap MLA George Abbott.
“There are a lot of congratulations to be extended.”
Enderby Mayor Howie Cyr said, “This is something the community needed. We’re very proud of it.”
For Patrick Strougler, Enderby Seniors Housing Society president, the project has been a community effort.
“So many people worked so hard and have given so generously to provide this place to live with comfort and dignity,” he said.
After the opening ceremony, Antoine talked about how she made the move to Memorial Terrace.
“When I first saw all the units before they were put together, I didn’t think they would be able to do much with them and the place would be cold but they did a very good job of putting it all together and it is comfortable,” she said.
“I think it is important to prepare mentally for downsizing and moving to a retirement residence. I planned for about three years and gave most of my stuff to my kids so I have what I need and it all fits in. It takes some time to adjust to any new situation.”
Antoine has lived in Enderby her entire life.
“I was pleased I didn’t have to move away and leave everything and everyone that was familiar. It was good to meet some people here that I knew from the community.”
The building includes a common room, a kitchen and a dining room for families and social events and a covered outside area.
“They did a good job of everything. I feel really fortunate to be here,” said artist Jo Ann Willoughby, another Memorial Terrace resident.