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is located in Shoal Lake. In an effort to reduce costs the administrative functions of finance and payroll are done centrally with input from each facility via computers.

The position of Administrator was deleted at the time

of regionalization, but each facility was awarded a

'Community Health Director', who acts as a liaison between the facility, community and the Regional Office in Shoal Lake. Erickson and the Sandy Lake Personal Care Home share under the supervision of Linda Earl. The Director of Nursing role was also omitted, but a Unit Co­ ordinator was appointed for each facility. Lynn Dimmery was then appointed to this position.

With no local governing board, it was felt that the present Board Room could be better utilized as an office for the Public Health Nurse and the many outreach work­ ers who share this office space.

As changes continued in the delivery of Health Care, and the implementation of more home based care, a full­ time Home Care Case Co-ordinator, as well as a Resource Co-ordinator, were implemented to cover the Erickson, Onanole and Sandy Lake Communities. These positions organize and oversee the needs of those people in the communities that do not require hospital services, but do require services of health care workers allowing them to remain in their homes. Two offices were then needed to house these workers, so minor renovations included using two of the offices from the doctors offices and moving the doors to the east wing hallway.

The present facility now employs in excess of 50 full time, part time and casual workers, and averages 250 admissions and 1200 outpatient visits per year.


The Erickson and District Library Committee was formed in 1988 after a public meeting held by the coun­ cils of the R.M. of Clan william and the Village of Erickson. The Committee consisted of thirteen volunteers: Cindy Murray, Lome Mackedenski, Irene Wrnth, Tom Walker, Harvey Pengelly, Don Steele, Edith Early, Caroline Humeniuk, Cecil Sundmark, Fay Gusdal, Clare Larson, Donna Lee Morris and Diane Rogers. This committee began the work of raising funds, locating and buying suit­ able property and tendering the constrnction of the building in the fall of 1989.

Clarence Carter received the tender, and went on to build a most suitable and efficient building. A beautiful plaque built by Galus Oberholzer displays the names of organizations and individuals that so generously donated to the library project.

The Erickson Library opened its doors to the public Febrnary 5, 1991. Fifty-one people joined the library that

day in Febrnary. Nine years later, there are over 500 patrons and we lend out over 11,000 books, videos and periodi­ cals per year. Imeke Kerr was the first librarian and is still there today enjoying every minute of her work.

The official grand opening was held June 15, 1991.

In this short time it is Internet access that has created the most changes:

- The Parkland Regional Library catalogue is now on line, this includes Erickson.

- The Erickson District Library can access books directly from most libraries in Manitoba and Canada.

- There is free Internet access for members and non­ members of the library system provided by the Erickson and District Internet Committee.

- One Computer has Microsoft Works word process­ ing, also for members and non-members.

The year 2000 saw the entire Parkland Regional Library system move from a two week to a four-week borrowing period. This change was certainly well received by all our patrons.

The last nine years have seen many changes and continued growth in the use of our library. The years to come will see more changes, especially in the field of technology, all of which are intended to have a positive impact on our members.


In 1984, with the aid of a grant from Transport Canada, the rnnway was completely rebuilt with asphalt surface and lights were installed along the rnnway and taxiway and the apron. An opening for the new rnnway was held on July IS, 1985. In 1987 the Flying Club was incor­ porated. Also in 1987, a Cessna 152 (C GZSL) was purchased for the rent of club members. In June 1988, it came to an untimely end when it crashed in the fairgrounds attempting to land on rnnway 09. Luckily no one was injured although the aircraft was a total write-off.

In 1990 a Piper Cherokee 140 (C GUFL) was purchased by the Flying Club. With the installation of a new engine in 1997 and a new radio in 1998 the club now has a very reliable aircraft.

In 1994, an ARCOL (air radio control of lights) was installed to control the airport lights and the beacon. Executive:


Vice- President

1984-1988 1988-present 1984-1988 1988-present 1984-1994

Ron Wilmot Milt Kennedy Merril Zachary Ron Wilmot Art Butler


1994 pre.sesrit Cliff Eden

Two new steel hangers, privately owned, were added III 1998 and the airport is now home to five aircraft. With