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Ed Turner, Carl Syslak, Einar Sundmark, Harriet Hodges and Carrie Bachewich. Clifford Lundman filled the vacancy when Inez Johnson moved away. In 1972 Mamie Slobodian then took over the secretary's position.

On March 18, 1969, at the Village of Erickson Council meeting, it was approved by the council to provide a site of five lots, where the east end of the Parkland Home now stands, to the Senior Citizens' Committee, for the sum of one dollar, plus the cost of surveying and ser­ vicing of water and sewer.

With permission granted, plans were now underway to build a Senior Citizens' Home consisting of ten single and two double units. The cost of this undertaking was projected at $107,060.00 of which $26,000.00 was to be raised by local donations, $21,000.00 by the Provincial government and a mortgage of $60,000.00 from the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The rents were set at $57.00 for a single suite, and $74.00 for a double unit, per month.

Different fund raising projects were held to help with the initial financing of the home. An open letter to the citizens of Erickson and district brought about a suc­ cessful fund drive for donations which saw 240 pledges from individuals, businesses and organizations. A walk­ a-thon from Clear Lake to Erickson on May 23, 1970, saw a substantial donation. A fish fry and derby at Gertrude Lake sponsored by the Erickson Lions Club brought in proceeds for the home. A 200 Club project in which 200 people would donate $10.00 each, was started, and many other projects helped to realize a total of $20,500.00 by May 1, 1969. Other donations came from the Erickson Chamber of Commerce, Legion, Women's Institute, Lions Club, Village of Erickson, R.M. of Clanwilliam and the R.M. of Harrison.

A name for the proposed Senior Citizens' Home was needed, and after much thought Parkland Home was chosen by the committee for the housing project. With this done, applications were then processed to in­ corporate a non-profit company, namely Parkland Home Incorporated, to look after the financial and

Good manners is being able to put up with bad ones.

Charlie Oman, Centre, cuts the ribbon to officially open Parkland Home. From Left to Right: Han. Walter Weir, Mr. Sedun, Cliff Lundman, Charlie Oman, Ed Turner and Henry Oshust.

management matters of the home. Plans were now underway for construction, and Mr. Art Freiheit of Dauphin was the builder for the Parkland Home.

On Saturday, August 22, 1970 over three hundred residents of Erickson and surrounding districts attended the official opening of the Parkland Senior Citizens' Home. The Honorable Walter Weir, M.L.A. of Min­ nedosa, doing the honors, with Charlie Oman, ninety one year old resident of the home, cutting the ribbon. Mrs. Cyr Baxter, well-known resident of Erickson, was the first tenant to move into the home into Suite No.2. Mrs. Baxter "spoke of the home in glowing terms, saying it contained every convenience." (Mid-West News, May 20171) Of the first residents, Mrs. Florence Bergwall, Mrs. Alma Gustafson, Mrs. Teenie Gregorash and Mrs. Edna Warrington are still residing at the home. (October, 1983) After thirteen years, these ladies are still enjoying the convenience and comfort of their home.

In May 1971, the Honorable Walter Weir officially unveiled the Donor's Plaque at the Parkland Home. This plaque contains the names of all those who had con­ tributed $25.00 or more towards the home. As Mr. Weir stated, "This plaque is more than a record of con­ tributions, it is an indication of people who care." (Mid­ West News, May 20, 1971)

Because there was still a lengthy waiting list after the twelve suites at the Parkland Home were filled, the need for an addition was evident.

In the spring of 1971, a meeting with Mr. R.N.

Clarkson of the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Cor­ poration was held and the possibility of an addition to the existing building was discussed. Approval was received and the extension was financed through the N.D.P. Government winter works program. An additional eight single suites and one double suite were in the proposed extension, which would include a common lounge room, entrance area and laundry facilities.

In February 1973, the new addition to Parkland Home was opened with all nine suites filled. Of the first residents, to this new addition, Mrs. Emmy Eden and Mrs. Ida Wickdahl are still residing at the home. (Oc­ tober 1983.)

The Parkland Home Incorporated Board of Directors, plus two representatives from the Parkland Home, and two members appointed by the board, made up the board that was to manage the new addition, as well as the already established part. It was also required that a manager be hired. The two positions of Secretary and Treasurer, plus the position of Manager were combined, and this position was now to be filled. At the time of writing, there have been two Secretary I Treasurer I Managers, Mrs. Win Whitaker and Mrs. Valerie Wickdahl.

From the time that the original part of the Parkland Home had been opened in 1970, till the present, Mr. Irv Nehring, his wife Evelyn, children Jackie and Jerry, have helped with the up-keep and maintenance of the home. Up until the time that the extension was added on, Irv and his family volunteered their time and services. The Nehrings, to date, are still the custodians of the Parkland Home, to help make it comfortable for all the residents.

Those who are still with the board, since its beginning

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