With support from the Alberta government, neither flooding nor fire could keep Medicine Tree Manor from opening its doors to residents.
“High River seniors truly demonstrated the resiliency Albertans are known for. They have been patient and steadfast through so much and our government is proud to support a project that ensures they can stay in their community, close to family and friends. It was an honour to be there today to welcome them home.”
~Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing
Seniors and Housing invested $5 million to help repair damages caused by the 2013 southern Alberta flood. The ministry also provided a $1.2-million loan to help with reconstruction after a fire destroyed the structure in 2015, just months before the planned reopening.
“We appreciate the grant and loan the government has provided to assist in the rebuilding effort and we are grateful to have this new facility available for seniors in the Foothills area once again.”
~Al Brander, chair of Westwinds Communities Board of Directors
- On Oct. 24, 2017, the first group of residents moved into the building, including 15 seniors initially displaced by the flood
- Around 90 of Medicine Tree Manor’s units are currently occupied
- Only a stained-glass window and basement foundation were salvaged from the original building
- Westwinds Communities is the housing management body that operates the building under the Alberta Housing Act