Beda Blain (centre)

Beda Blain (centre)

Project plants its roots in Lumby

Monashee Place officially opens in Lumby

With six slices to a ribbon, Lumby’s 16-unit seniors rental housing project, Monashee Place, officially opened Sunday.

During a special ceremony, MP Colin Mayes, MLA Eric Foster, Lumby Coun. Ben Winters, rural Lumby director Rick Fairbairn, B.C. Housing’s Peter Chau and Scuka representative Rob Lair were on hand.

Saddle Mountain lounge now boasts a new kitchen which provides residents in both the old facility and Monashee Place with nutritious meals.

And from this day forth it will be called Dogwood Lounge. The name comes in recognition of the many donors to this project.

Resident Ila Maber created a wall of dogwood flowers with a name inside of each flower.

Judy  Gibbs, chairperson of Lumby Senior Citizens Housing Society, smiled as she put some finishing touches to the kitchen in the lines of a white wooden sign which reads, “Auntie Flo’s Kitchen,” named in the memory of Florence Maxwell.

Foster presented Gibbs with a plaque from the provincial government to commemorate this achievement.

“It was nice to be here for both the sod turning and the ribbon cutting,” he said.