A MESSAGE FROM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR CAROLINE DAVIES
Help needed to get government approval to proceed with our innovative new complex.
After five years of volunteer effort, the development committee for the planned Passamaquoddy long-term residential care and early childhood education facility is seeking public support to urge the province to approve the much-needed project.
Although located in Saint Andrews, the facility will serve residents from across southwestern New Brunswick
“The government must become aware the entire region understands the urgent need for this facility and supports its immediate construction. The need is now,” says the chair of the Passamaquoddy Lodge development committee.
The group intends to unveil detailed plans and schematics of the complex at open houses January 24th from 2-3:30pm and January 25th from 6:30-8pm, with presentations at 2:30 and 7PM respectively, at the W.C. O’Neill Arena in Saint Andrews. We are asking the public to sign letters of support, which will then be delivered to Premier Blaine Higgs, members of his cabinet and our local MLA.
“Departmental officials have agreed ‘in principle’ that our need must be addressed – both on the long-term care and the childhood education sides of the facility. However, the government needs to take the next steps of agreeing to negotiate on a new per diem rate and say ‘yes, you can begin construction’, before we can put that first shovel in the ground,” says Davies.
Our committee, which has raised and spent $500,000 on experts to prepare the foundation for the complex is hoping the public meetings and the detailed plans will encourage folks to sign statements of support and the government will listen to the renewed swell of voices from Saint Andrews and Charlotte County.
It is a truly innovative complex, built on what other progressive governments in Canada and North America are doing in the post-Covid era to improve the overall quality of long-term care using a residential (not hospital-like) model. Our plans support aging at home with services to all seniors through an administrative/activity and services hub. The enlarged daycare will serve another pressing need for extra space while encouraging intergenerational activity.
As the current cramped daycare says: “Nurturing the future alongside the wisdom of the past, Passamaquoddy Children’s Centre and Passamaquoddy Lodge, coexistence echoes the beautiful harmony of life’s full spectrum.”
It has the full support of the Saint Andrews Town Council for the land and we will be forever thankful to our community politicians for their leadership. Now we hope our provincial leaders will do the same.
Those who cannot attend either public meeting have the option of viewing the plans and schematics on this website https://passamaquoddylodge.
The website includes detailed information about the project, its history, and answers to frequently asked questions. Included are addresses of provincial leaders where letters of support can be sent.
Copies of the Statement of Support can be picked up at the Saint Andrews town hall during regular business hours. They can drop off their signed copy at any of the following places: Saint Andrews Town Hall, Passamaquoddy Lodge, or Passamaquoddy Daycare at 390 Montague Street or their satellite location in the basement of the Catholic Church at 212 Parr Street.