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New Barrhead Continuing Care Centre fundraiser to make facility “Feel Like Home”

Long-term senior residence launches inaugural holiday fundraiser to upgrade its dining room furnishings
Elks donation Feels Like Home-Nov 20 cropped
The Barrhead Elks, represented by Bill Lane (l) and Coleton Fraser (r) present Jenny Nanninga (m) with a cheque for $2,500. Nanninga is the senior's health manager at the Barrhead Continuing Care Centre. The donation went towards the centre's Feels Like Home campaign, a fundraiser to refurbish the long-term care's dining room. The picture was taken at the Barrhead Pembina West Co-op on Nov. 20, where the Elks were selling tickets for their 52nd annual Alberta Elks Foundation raffle. Barry Kerton/BL

BARRHEAD-The Barrhead Continuing Care Centre's dining room has seen better days. However, the facility hopes to be able to do something about it with the help of the public.

The Centre, which is also known as the W.R. Keir Care Centre, is an extended-care seniors facility, operated by Alberta Health Services, that offers 24-hour care for seniors who are not able to live in their own home or an assisted-living residence.

This year the centre is holding its first-ever "Feels Like Home" fundraiser. It is patterned after the Tree of Hope fundraisers organized every holiday season by hospitals.

The Barrhead Healthcare Centre, which usually holds an annual Tree of Hope fundraiser, to purchase medical equipment they otherwise would not be able to buy.

"I think we are all very cognizant of people's finances during COVID and that is why the Healthcare Centre graciously decided to press pause on their fundraiser," said senior's health manager Jenny Nanninga.

She said having the proceeds of its inaugural holiday season fundraiser go towards refreshing the dining room was an easy decision.

"The dining room is such an essential feature in our facility," Nanninga said. "It serves as a hub. It is not used just for dining. It is our social centre. It is used for birthday parties and other get-togethers when we have people in to entertain it happens in the dining room. It is a project that will benefit every resident."

The update will include the purchase of chairs and other décor to help brighten the space.

A $10.00 donation will be represented by a star, $20.00 by a stocking, $50.00 by a lantern and $100.00 by a wreath. All donations received will be recognized by a Christmas themed decoration displayed on the large fireplace in the dining room as well as through the Town and Country This Week. The campaign will run until Jan. 15 2021.

"The generosity of the local community is well known to our facility. We hope that this new initiative will be well received and we look forward to your support," Nanninga said.

Due to the pandemic, people are asked not to drop their donations in person but rather mail them to 5336-59 Avenue, Barrhead, T7N 1L2. Cheques should be made out to Alberta Health Services — Barrhead Continuing Care Centre — Feels Like Home.

For more information contact Nanninga at 780-674-4506 or e-mail

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About the Author: Barry Kerton

Barry Kerton is the managing editor of the Barrhead Leader, joining the paper in 2014. He covers news, municipal politics and sports.
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