Michael Dressler, Sturgeon Foundation Housing Administrator and Jorge Mesen ,Property Operations Manager looking on as Lisa Seeley Enbridge Community Relations Advisor and Ian Melligan, Manager, Enbridge Pipeline Services Western Region present the $7500. cheque to Jim Fowler, Sturgeon Foundation Director of Accommodation Services.

by Lucie Roy

On Oct. 13 Lisa Seeley, Enbridge Community Relations Advisor and Ian Melligan, Manager Enbridge Pipeline Services Western Region presented a $7500 cheque to the Sturgeon Foundation. The presentation took place at the Spruce View Manor in Gibbons with Jim Fowler Director of Accommodation Services accepting on behalf of the foundation. The money will be used to cover the cost of installing more than 100 smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in every self-contained unit under the Sturgeon Foundation umbrella. This consists of units at Sunrise and Sunset Villas in Legal, Pinecrest Gardens in Gibbons, Sunridge Sunset Manors in Bon Accord, Heritage Lodge and Lions Manor in Morinville, the Golden Villa in Redwater and Chateau Mission Court in St. Albert.

Fowler said they submitted an application through the Enbridge Community Investment funding and were very fortunate to be selected.

“We will be reaching out to our residents in our self-contained buildings in the very near future, and we will be coming in and installing the smoke detector on the ceiling and extinguishers will be wall mounted,” Fowler said. “Now we will not stop there. As well we want to show how to use them, too, so we will be inviting residents for a test and we will show how to utilize them.”

Fowler went on to say this was an upgrade to the self-contained units because the money provided by the province for the sprinklers systems was only for the lodges.

“We are so happy Enbridge came forward. We really were,” Fowler said, adding he met Enbridge representatives at last springs Sturgeon County Mayor’s golf tournament when they were manning neighbouring holes. “We were neighbours, and so we went over to say hi, and that is when the conversation began as to the Foundation and its project. Meanwhile Enbridge was looking for people to provide money to for their health and safety initiative, and seniors housing is one of their preference. So the connection went from there.”

After the presentation at the Manor, Sturgeon Foundation Executive Director Dennis Magnusson and Jim Fowler, along with Colleen Soetaert, Chair of the West Sturgeon People Aging in Place Foundation were presented with a cheque from the County’s Golf Tournament. The total of both donations was $25,274.65, $21,633.96 of which was earmarked for the Sturgeon Foundation. The additional monies will be applied toward new dining room tables and chairs in all lodges.

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