Fonds - Salmon Arm Pioneer Society fonds

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Salmon Arm Pioneer Society fonds

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  • 1977-2003 (Creation)
    Salmon Arm Pioneer Society

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46 cm of graphic records
475 Prints, photographic
2 Architectural plans

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An organization meeting of interested people gathered January 25, 1977 with an aim to establish a Pioneer Rest Home in Salmon Arm. After much discussion, The Pioneer Lodge Society accepted in principal the idea to build a joint facility for intermediate care.

After an extensive search for property, a proposal was created for the Shuswap Lake General Hospital to jointly administer Pioneer Lodge on hospital property in 1980. The architectural firm Gardiner Thornton Partnership of Vancouver created the plans. In 1981 the society borrowed monies, not in the excess of $3,364,778, for the purpose of constructing a Long Term Care Facility. In March construction contracts were signed, with a ground breaking March 18. The following year, May 27, 1982, the first resident arrived. That fall, September 11, 1982, an official opening took place.

At the opening the board consisted of: Margaret Doe, President, Nancy Irwin, Vice-President, Margaret Lund, Hazel Robertson, Shirley Stewart, William Cawsey, Ivy Ford, Janet Cloutier, Joan Mitchell and Alf Ames, Provincial Government Appointee. Adam Yuzwa was the Administrator and Doris Ringer the Director of Resident Care.

The provincial government closed Pioneer Lodge sometime between 2004 and 2005. The Good Samaritans successfully bid on the operation. They remodeled the facility, changing it from a 74 bed plus one respite bed residence to a 30 to 35 residence for assisted living.

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The fonds consists of the constitution, incorporation certificate, minutes, correspondence, plans, administrative documents, a contract, a photograph at the ground breaking, a photo of the completed project, and newspaper clippings. The fonds is divided into twenty-three series.

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BCAUL control number: SAM-3390

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MS 139

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