NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – As part of its continuing approach to partner to support local community projects, DIAVIK DIAMOND MINES is supporting construction of a new Territorial Dementia Facility in Yellowknife.
The Territorial Dementia Facility is open to all Northwest Territories residents, and will allow them to transfer from other long-term care facilities to one specifically designed to meet the needs of people with Alzheimers disease and related dementias. The new 28-bed facility will be operated by the Yellowknife Association of Concerned Citizens for Seniors (YACCS).
“At Diavik, we feel very strongly about contributing back to the community and in helping support healthy lifestyles,” said Diavik president Kim Truter. “The Side Door was our first project and addressed the needs of youth. With construction of the Shorty Brown Arena, we supported recreation for all ages, and Bailey House, currently in final construction, will help support men making transitions in their lives. The Territorial Dementia Centre is a much-needed facility that will provide specialized care to people living with dementia, and will significantly lessen family stress by supporting affected family members closer to home.”
Under the community-driven partnership, NAHANNI CONSTRUCTION LTD. of Yellowknife will construct the facility. Diavik will project manage construction and provide financial management similar to what was done for previous partnership projects. The NWT Government will finance 100% of the construction, estimated at $15 million. Completion of the facility is scheduled for late summer or early fall of 2009.
The Diavik mine is 300 km northeast of Yellowknife. Visit the website at www.Diavik.ca.