The General Manager of Alzheimers Northland, Kevin Salmon, says the two year project has been smooth sailing thanks to a great team of contractors, builders and supporters.
On Friday 12th September, around 140 people gathered to celebrate the opening of Alzheimer Northland’s new building on Corks Road. While it rained, as it had in Whangarei for the past few months, spirits were high due to the success and completion of the project (except for the outdoor grassy area). Northland District Health Board CEO, Nick Chamberlain, officially opened the building and Margaret Malcolm, Board Chair of Alzheimers Northland, assisted him in unveiling the plaque to commemorate the day.
To the surprise and appreciation of those receiving them, two life memberships were awarded on the night. Bill Durham, a board member of both Alzheimers Northland and Alzheimers New Zealand has been involved with the local association for close to 15 years. It was an emotional time for all when he sang a song which his sister Nola Langford wrote for their mother who had dementia. She and friends from the crowd sang along with Bill for support. Congratulations Bill.
Alzheimers Northland’s Chair, Margaret Malcolm was the second recipient of a life membership. Margaret has has been involved with the Northland branch for fourteen years, ten of those serving on the Board. A great achievement Margaret.
The General Manager of Alzheimers Northland, Kevin Salmon, says the two year project has been smooth sailing thanks to a great team of contractors, builders and supporters. Previous applications for funding new premises were turned down, but bequests from two generous benefactors meant that the dream of many years could become a reality. Their portraits now hang in the Board room in recognition of their support.
The new building provides around four times more space than their previous premises increasing capacity for dementia day care programmes, carer support meetings, education, socialising, liaison with other groups etc. The increase in space is also a preparation for the future as the number of people affected by dementia is expected to double by 2030.
Alzheimers Northland would also like to thank the building company, Homeworld Design and Build, Ros Morgan and Bob Salmon.
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