Seniors centre in Fort Good Hope is officially open

Gabe Kochon, Julie Green, minister responsible for Seniors, celebrating the opening of the new seniors centre.

Fort Good Hope just got a brand new seniors centre and Elder Gabe Kochon had the honour of cutting the ribbon.

Paulie Chinna, minister responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC), and Julie Green, minister responsible for Seniors, and MLA Caitlin Cleveland were in attendance at the opening ceremony on Feb. 16.

The completion of this building will help enable seniors to age in place with dignity, reads a press release.

The new nine-plex building is designed with accessibility in mind. Some features include no-step entrances to suites, wider doorways and a main floor bathroom.

“A crucial part of ensuring the health and well-being of our Elders is housing,” says Chinna.

“There’s a lot of elders that need a good home,” says Florence Barnaby, a resident of Fort Good Hope, “because there is always a shortage of housing in the community.”

This centre is one of five seniors centres across the N.W.T. designed by the department of Health and Social Services.

The centres in Aklavik, Fort Liard, Fort Good Hope, Fort McPherson, and Whatı̀ are now all complete and operational.

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