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Foundations partner for new handivan

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

(L-to-R) Director of health services for Portage and Area with Southern Health Margaret Warner, Executive Director at PDGHF Erin Miller, Joanne Sullivan member of LPMF board, Rec manager for both Lions Prairie Manor and Douglas Campbell Lodge Corrine Pratt, LPMF board chairman Murray Graham, Portage Mayor Irvine Ferris, Kay Humphries LPMF board member. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

(L-to-R) Director of health services for Portage and Area with Southern Health Margaret Warner, Executive Director at PDGHF Erin Miller, Joanne Sullivan member of LPMF board, Rec manager for both Lions Prairie Manor and Douglas Campbell Lodge Corrine Pratt, LPMF board chairman Murray Graham, Portage Mayor Irvine Ferris, Kay Humphries LPMF board member. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Lions Prairie Manor Foundation (LPMF) and the Portage District General Hospital Foundation (PDGHF) partnered to purchase a new handivan which is already benefiting residents of both Douglas Campbell Lodge and Lions Prairie Manor.

“I got approval from the Lions Manor Foundation for the purchase, then I asked the Hospital Foundation for a one as well and they all thought it would be better to join together and service everyone with one van,” says recreation manager for both facilities, Corrine Pratt. “We’re super grateful to the foundations for providing the funding for it. It’s going to make a big difference in our residents’ daily lives.”

The two organizations matched funds totaling $101,800 to bring in the Crestline Aerotech model of handivan, a better model than the two organizations were expecting. PDGHF and LPMF had decided on a certain Crestline, but after the order was delayed multiple times, an offer was made by Crestline. The company understood they had disappointed both foundations so they offered a more expensive model at a reduced rate. Both are very happy with the end result.

“In 2016 we started thinking about getting a new one,” says LPMF chairman, Murray Graham. “The old one was giving us trouble so we thought maybe we should look into getting a new one. After a couple of delays from Crestline, they finally offered us this one and we’re really excited it’s finally here.”

Even the mayor, who’s also on the hospital foundation board, stopped in Wednesday to share his excitement about the new transport.

“Residents of Lions Prairie Manor and Douglas Campbell Lodge are both benefitting from this brand new handivan that was purchased recently,” says Mayor, Irvine Ferris. “There’s an aging population in Portage and it’s nice to know they’ll be able to get around the city safely and in style because this is a state of the art vehicle.”

The two organizations only paid for the vehicle. The upkeep and insurance will all be taken care of by Southern Health Sante Sud, who technically owns the vehicle.


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