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Le Chez-Nous seeking public support for installation of manor beds

Claudette Thériault, who will chair the Dec. 14 public meeting for the Chez-Nous Co-op, discusses the meeting agenda with president Marcel Richard, left, and executive director Edgar Arsenault.
Claudette Thériault, who will chair the Dec. 14 public meeting for the Chez-Nous Co-op, discusses the meeting agenda with president Marcel Richard, left, and executive director Edgar Arsenault. - Colin MacLean

Members of Le Chez-Nous want to keep seniors in their community.

The Evangeline region co-operative recently obtained unanimous support from its members for the installation of manor beds to its community care facility in Wellington.

The co-op is organizing a bilingual public meeting Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Evangeline Education Centre in Abram-Village to explain the details of its proposed project to people from the region and to speak to them about the new jobs that would be created.

Participants will then get to ask questions, express their opinions and give their support to the project.

"Our seniors keep telling us that they would prefer staying in their own community when the time comes to move to a manor," says Chez-Nous president Marcel Richard. "They want to stay close to their family, their relatives and their friends, where they can keep appreciating their Acadian culture."

Richard adds that the co-op aims to allow elderly people and others who have lost some of their autonomy to stay in their community of origin and to provide them excellent care and services in the language of their choice.

At present, people from the Evangeline region requiring manor care must move to Summerside, Clinton, Crapaud or O'Leary. In addition, the organizers said in a release issued Friday, there are currently long waiting lists to get into those manors.

The board of directors is hoping the public will show up in droves to this, which is extremely important to the community.

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