• Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

    Our 50th Stories: Building in Grimshaw

    Under the name The Peace River and District Association for People with Special Needs, our organization received funding confirmation in January of 1982 for another group home.

    Initially, the organization looked to build in Peace River but there was opposition from some members of the community. The Town of Grimshaw contacted our organization asking if they would consider building a home there, in Grimshaw as the community was already in favor of it. The Society agreed and land was purchased.

    A fundraising committee was established to raise funds for home furnishings.

    The first-of-three fashion shows was held March 9, 1983 and was called “Changes ‘83”.

    The event raised over $2,000.

    Construction on the home in Grimshaw was complete in April of that year and the Grand Opening was held November 16, 1983. It was attended by the organization board Vice-President Cindy Wagner and Association Executive Director Susan Magee as well as numerous community members.

    The second fashion show “Jubilation ‘84’ was held February 28 & 29, 1984 and raised over $3,400.

    The third and last fashion show “Alive ‘85” was held May 23 &24, 1985 and was called a success as well.

    Our organization now owns numerous homes in Grimshaw as well as the Designated Supportive Living facility Stone Brook which just celebrated its 5th Anniversary this past March.