Vision of vitality and health now a reality with new healing garden

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Rose Mary Hartney, Ethel Schmidt, Marie Spencer, Scott McMann, Marlene Boyko and Lottie Cossette gather for a group photo during the grand opening of Providence Place's new healing garden.

The official grand opening of Providence Place’s new healing garden took place on Wednesday.

The journey began in 2007 when both staff and residents saw a need to have an opportunity for residents and families to enjoy the outdoors with the least amount of travel.

Wednesday the dream became an official reality.

“We want them to know how much we appreciate them,” co chair of the project fundraising committee, Marlene Boyko said.

“So many donors gave from their hearts... it started as a little seating area and someone said ‘why can’t we do something for our residents and out community,’”chief executive officer Rick Schindel told attendees. “We encourage you to tour the park and see what we have.”

The healing garden includes a rose garden, reflecting pond, elevated flower boxes, gazebo, walkways and seating areas.

Fundraising for the project began in 2009, with a projected budget of $500,000.

Major sponsors who helped in making the healing garden project a success are: Providence Place Foundation, Providence Place Resident Council, Conexus Credit Union, Providence Place Auxiliary and The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.

“We’re so pleased to be a part of this with so many people, it’s just been an awesome journey,” Schindel said. “If you wish to travel far and fast –– travel with a vision.”

The new healing garden is located at the north end of the Providence Place property, at 100 block of Second Avenue Northeast.

For more on this article pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Providence Place Foundation, Providence Place Resident Council, Conexus Credit Union Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund Times-Herald

Geographic location: Providence Place

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