The long-awaited Esterhazy Group Home, located at 314 Sussex Avenue, has now been officially opened. The ribbon cutting took place at an event held during the afternoon of Friday, June 3. Platform guests were MLA Warren Kaeding, Alderman Roy Spence, and Cindy Bartok the Vice Chair of Langenburg and District Activity Centre. Master of Ceremonies was Laura Duchek, the Executive Director of the Activity Centre.
The event began at 1:30 when Laura Duchek welcomed everyone to the home and then introduced the guests. Brief addresses were then given by the speakers.
MLA Warren Kaeding
“What a fantastic afternoon. You look around at the facility, at the surroundings, and it really can’t get better than this. I am really pleased to be here today, on behalf of the Saskatchewan Government, and my colleague the honorable Donna Harpauer, who is Minister of Social Services, at the official grand opening of this fantastic new group home.”
“This is an important day for the Esterhazy community and the individuals and families who will benefit from this new group home. This new group home takes a person-centered approach to care, and it is equipped with many supports that will benefit the five people living here, including a group home, an in-home day program, and a sensory room. The sensory room is an innovative space used to stimulate a person’s senses using different lighting effects, colours, sounds, music, scents and textures. It is used to provide relief from pain, increase an individual’s energy, and offers a different means of socialization and communication.”
“The sensory room, along with those other supports and the work of the fantastic care givers at this home, allow the residents to be included in community, while meeting their unique needs, likes and interests. And it is important that all people are allowed to live fulfilling lives with the right supports in place. The Government of Saskatchewan, along with the community partners of the Langenburg and District Activity Centre, are working to create accessible communities for all of Saskatchewan’s residents, and we believe that inclusion is really the heart of the community.”
Alderman Roy Spence
“On behalf of our Mayor, Pauline Chewka, who could not be here today, and on behalf of the rest of the council of the Town of Esterhazy, I would like to welcome residents, families, employees and guests to the official grand opening of the Mapleview Group Home. This centre is a project of the Langenburg and District Activity Centre, and is a long-awaited addition to the town of Esterhazy. We as the community are most appreciative that Esterhazy was chosen as the location for this project, and we are a community with families who need this service. This home has saved families in the area from sending their loved ones far away from home to obtain the care that they need.”
“Esterhazy’s town council always takes every opportunity to bring about growth in our community, and this is just another example of that. It is with gratitude that we thank everyone who was involved in this project, from its conception through to its construction phase and to final completion. We also thank and commend everyone who manages the day to day operations in this facility. I am honoured and proud to be here with you today for this official opening. Thanks very much and congratulations on this success.”
“I come here today not only as a board member, but also as a parent of special needs children as well. In the past, the community of Esterhazy has been very supportive of our programs for our children. Once again we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. As the children have grown into adults, their needs have changed but the support has continued. The Langenburg and District Activity Centre’s vision is working in partnership to provide the best quality of life for people of all abilities in our community, now and into the future.”
“I am extremely proud of our organization and community for working alongside with government, pulling together and working as a team to make our dream of a group home in Esterhazy become a reality. As families with special needs children, we know how life can take you down roads you hadn’t planned on. The road is full of bumps and pot holes, many challenges and struggles, but with hard work and determination and community support, everything eventually comes together.”
“Our organization has a beautiful new group home, five participants, new staff and a change in leadership. From my experience as a parent I can assure you the pot holes will fill in, and bumps will smooth out… With dedication and compassion our amazing staff follows through with our organization’s vision, providing wonderful care and the best quality of life for our loved ones. It has been said that it takes an entire community to raise a child, and a child with special needs is no exception. I do believe that our community has helped raise our children, and now as our children have become adults, we ask for your continued support. We must work with partners not only now, but into the future as well.”
Following the addresses, the ribbon was cut, cake was served, and the home was opened for tours of the public areas. Below, we present 21 images taken at the event. Click any image to open the viewer.