Priest Enright’s friend and colleague, Russell Auger, an Elder with more than 40 years experience working with indigenous youth and communities, lent his musical talents to the ceremony and sang the Creator song and accompanied by his drum. He shared the song’s meaning and its connection to the Creator in asking Creator for the guidance of how we should live our life each day.
It was in June 2019 that seniors, resident families, members of the media, care professionals and politicians gathered on the front lawn of Canterbury Foundation and broke ground on the $42 million dollar renovation and expansion project that included the brand new 50 suite tower - adding more studio, one bedroom and 2 bedroom suites; as well as began to fully renovate the current 45 year old facility, expanding Canterbury’s current dementia care program from 20 to 53 much needed spaces and adding an eventual residential skilled nursing and end of life care wing.
Phase one of that expansion project is now complete with just half the brand new memory care wing open to residents - and with the remainder of the wing set to be completed in Fall 2022.
The work of the expansion started on the cusp of the COVID 19 pandemic, which made undertaking construction incredibly difficult. To see the building come to fruition is a day of true celebration.
Mary Paul is the Canterbury Foundation’s Board Chair who has been part of the project’s planning committee.
“It’s a celebration in so many ways of the people that work here, the residents that live here, the contractors who’ve been on site and dealing with all the challenges. So today we celebrate all of them. We celebrate with the donors, and we celebrate the perseverance to get this done during such a challenging time,” says Paul.