Posted on Sep 08, 2023
KinVillage in the Delta, BC community of Tsawwassen, which provides older adults life in a community of health, housing and wellness programs is beginning a new phase of development. A significant part of the development's $56.6 million Phase One, which includes 103,000 sq ft for 152 independent living suites, is a new $5 million expanded 5,000 sq ft Day Program for 11 to 35 older adults a day. In turn, the Day Program will provide respite for caregivers of those seniors.
The charitable society at the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen has committed $200,000 over 10 years to development of that Older Adults Day Care, making that the largest donation in the club's history. -- report courtesy in part of the Delta Optimist
The Tsawwassen club's donation will support the construction, furnishings and supplies for the Day Care.
(l to r)  KinVillage CEO Dan Levitt, KinVillage board president Dennis DesLauriers, Blake Cowan and Yvonne Anderson from the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen. -- Paul van Westendorp Photo
"We have been moving in this direction since 2020 when a former Rotarian gave a significant bequest in his will with the instructions that the funds were to benefit seniors and youth in our community,” said Charitable Society President Blake Cowan. “To get it right, we’ve consulted every seniors’ serving organization in South Delta, which helped us to establish guiding principles for our grant process."
Having contributed to seniors-related programs in the community in the past year, the club's charitable society determined, according to Blake, "This year, the most significant project on the horizon that aligns with almost every need identified in our own report is the Day Centre for Older Adults at KinVillage, so we wanted to come on board in a big way.”
KinVillage CEO Dan Levitt said Day Programs for Older Adults extend independence helping older adults to live at home or in the community as long as possible, by providing a supportive, professionally staffed environment, which attends to nutritional, daily living, and social needs of adults with functional limitations within a group setting during the day.
Dan says, “The Day Program for Older Adults also plays a vital role in providing respite for unpaid or informal caregivers, usually the spouse or adult children, to focus on their own physical and mental health, as well as employment, other family, and household responsibilities.”
The grant from Tsawwassen Rotary will help anchor the $5 million capital campaign for the Day Care.