Like many small towns, the community of Kamsack, Sask., faces challenges like a declining population, reduced access to health care and a dwindling tax base. And, like many small towns, the residents are coming together to find ways to solve those challenges.
“I have noticed in the last few months that our community is pulling together to address these concerns,” says Cathy Fedoruk, Owner of Fedoruk Seeds Ltd. “More and more people are showing up to fundraising events and are taking ownership of our community challenges.”
One of the challenges Fedoruk has taken ownership of is affordable and supportive care for the senior residents of the Eaglestone Lodge Personal Care Home.
“The building was built in 1958 and is in constant need of upgrades to meet the needs of the residents,” mentions Fedoruk. “The facility is trying to keep resident fees as low as possible to provide a home for lower-income seniors yet still maintain a high level of service to the residents.”
Eaglestone is the only assisted living facility for its large area and was nominated by Fedoruk to receive $2,500 from the Rooted in the Prairies Project. The money will be used by the facility to support the meal and quality of life programs many residents rely on to keep them active and engaged.
Fedoruk also has a personal connection to the project as her husband’s grandmother was a resident of the care home for several years in the 1980s.
“It was a wonderful place then and continues to be a wonderful place now,” says Fedoruk. “As my husband and I are getting older, we look forward to having this place open and running successfully when we look for options for our future care.”
CANTERRA SEEDS’ Rooted in the Prairies Project supports local non-profit organizations nominated by the agriculture community across Western Canada. Now in its second year, the project has more than doubled its investment with 17 worthy causes across the Prairies selected for assistance this year.