Donor Appreciation Event
June 21, 2018
On June 21, 2018, we hosted an evening of celebration for all of the generous supporters of the Living Well Capital Campaign. We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped us surpass our goal of $1.5 million, reaching a grand total of $1,5863,363! Thank you so much!! Read more here
THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY CLOSET SOCIETY OF VERMILION
March 25, 2018
The Community Closet Society recently donated $20,000 to the VDHF Capital Campaign. President Rose Hardy stated that the Board chose the lodge because it is a needed facility in the community. "The society gladly donates to the Capital Campaign because you never know when you may need it, but it is there."
Thank you to the Community Closet Society, and those that support this wonderful organization, for your generous contribution.
The Capital Campaign winds up March 31, 2018, but there is still time to contribute. Stop by the office at 5401 46 St. Vermilion, AB T9X 0B6 or donate online.
Featured in the photo: Community Closet Volunteer Liz Perron, VDHF Capital Campaign Volunteer Bruce MacDuff, and Community Closet President Rose Hardy
THANK YOU EVEREST TRUCKING LTD.
March 12, 2018
Everest Trucking Ltd., a long time Vermilion business and community supporter, has contributed $10,000 to the Capital Campaign.
"My Grandma lives at the lodge and it is great. We are fortunate to have a nice place for them to call home and we are glad to help." Said Larry Everest, owner of Everest Trucking Ltd.
Capital Campaign volunteer Dave Eremko extends thanks to Everest Trucking and stated that the Capital Campaign Cabinet is so grateful for our local business owners with a passion for our seniors and our community!
As we near the end of the Capital Campaign, the board extends thanks to those who have donated, helping us exceed our goal of $1.5 million.
THANK YOU TO VERMILION CHRYSLER
March 11, 2018
While only being part of the community for a few years, Wes Campbell, Owner of Vermilion Chrysler, was glad to donate $10,000 to the VDHF Capital Campaign.
A project like upgrading seniors' housing is "something that Vermilion Chrysler supports and is valuable to everyone." Said Campbell. "Our staff recognizes how important this modernization is to our community and we are proud to support our seniors."
As we near the end of the Capital Campaign, we thank Vermilion Chrysler and all those who have donated, helping us exceed our goal of $1.5 million.
THANK YOU TO TOMA FINE FLOORS & SHELLY'S WINDOW COVERINGS
March 9, 2018
"Our contribution to the Capital Campaign is an important investment to the community, for not only current residents of the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation, but for future generations as well." Said Nick Toma, Owner of Toma Fine Floors in Vermilion. "As we age, it is important to have a wonderful facility such as this, that community funds have helped to create, to live comfortably in our senior years."
Presenting Volunteer Campaign Member Dave Eremko with their contribution of $5,000 is Shelly Corbiere and Nick Toma.
Thank you Toma Fine Floors & Shelly's Window Coverings for your contribution to our area seniors. As we near the end of the Capital Campaign, the board thanks those who have donated, helping us exceed our goal of $1.5 million.
THANK YOU TO WESTERN FINANCIAL GROUP
February 21, 2018
Showing their appreciation to the community and support for our area seniors, the Western Communities Foundation is pleased to contribute $5,000 to the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation Capital Campaign.
The Vermilion branch of Western Financial made the request on behalf of the VDHF Capital Campaign. Helen Whitney, Vermilion Chairman of the Western Communities Foundation, was pleased to accounce that the application was successful. "It's a very important project for our community and one that we are very happy to support." Said Whitney.
The grants are available for building infrastructure in our community and the Vermilion branch has been successful in securing funding for projects including improvements to the ball diamonds and now, the seniors' housing project.
Brenda Lee, Volunteer Chair of the VDHF Capital Campaign, accepted the donation from Helen Whitney, Vermilion Chair of the Western Communities Foundation, Kaitlyn Younger, Vermilion Team Lead and Sheri Heller, CAO of the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation.
THANK YOU TO THE FIELD MARSHALL ALEXANDER BRANCH NO. 11 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
February 5, 2018
It is with sincere gratitude that the Living Well Capital Campaign gratefully receives a gift of $5,000 from Field Marshall Alexander Branch No. 11 Royal Canadian Legion.
President Garry Zayac and Poppy Chairman Marcel Lefebvre made the presentation. "When local businesses and individuals from Vermilion & Area purchase poppies to honour our Veterans and make donations for wreaths to lay in November, this allows Field Marshall Alexander Branch No. 11 to give back to our community. This donation is possible because of the community's support of our poppy program." Said Marcel.
To the community of Vermilion & Area that supports the Poppy Campaign, our local Legion, and the VDHF Capital Campaign - Thank you.
THANK YOU TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF VERMILION!
January 25, 2018
Recognizing how critical it is for our community to honour our local seniors, to provide them with a respectful, affordable, safe, comfortable housing option, last February Rotarians pledged $75,000 to support the Vermilion Valley Lodge modernization project. It is due to the continual tremendous support the club receives from this community for their fundraising projects; the overwhelming success of their recent Harvest Gala, the Canada Flag project, and the Annual Rotary Garage Sale, that has motivated the local Rotary Club to increase its support for the Valley Lodge (VDHF) to $100,000.
Craig Brown, Vice Chair for the Living Well Capital Campaign, and a Rotarian himself, says "Our club is so proud to be a part of such a generous supportive community. It is truly because of the outstanding community support we recieve for all our fundraising projects that allows our club to invest back into our community for projects of all sizes."
The VDHF Capital Campaign is continually in awe with the overwhelming generosity of this community and Thanks the Vermilion Rotary Club for extending their gift to our area seniors.
We are within reach of the $1.5 million goal set out in February 2017 and there is still time to contribute - Donate online by clicking here, stop by the Vermilion or Mannville Credit Union Branches, or by mailing or stopping by Vermilion & District Housing Foundation 5401 46 St. Vermilion, AB T9X 0B6
THANK YOU TO NICK'S FAMILY RESTAURANT
January 23, 2018
Nick Perakis, owner of Nick's Family Restaurant, is most sincere when he offers his support to important community projects. "This is my community and whatever I can do to make it better, I should." It is with this conviction that Nick has made a generous $10,000 gift to the Living Well Lodge Modernization project!
"I am proud to be able to help out the community volunteers, be a part of this necessary project, and show my respect for our local seniors." Says Nick.
The VDHF Capital Campaign is humbled by the generosity of the citizens, groups and businesses who continue to offer support to this project and to our area seniors.
THANK YOU VERMILION READY MIX CONCRETE & THE BYKOWSKI FAMILY
January 20, 2018
Ben Bykowski, and his son Brett, owners of Vermilion Ready Mix Concrete, are no strangers to volunteering and supporting projects vital to Vermilion & Area. "We work hard supplying the foundation of our community's future. That is why we are very proud to contribute back to vital projects like the Vermilion Lodge modernization."
"This has to be one of the largest fundraisers in Vermilion's history and it's remarkable the work of the volunteers who made this happen." Said Ben.
The Vermilion & District Housing Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet are grateful for the continued support of our generous area businesses and thank Vermilion Ready Mix and the Bykowski family for supporting the new dining room at the Lodge.
THANK YOU TO THE BADDOCK FAMILY AND IRELAND FARM EQUIPMENT
December 27, 2017
Ireland Farm Equipment is a family owned business spanning 3 generations and over 55 years in Vermilion. Through that time, Bud and Rhea Baddock, son Brent and grandson Dylan have seen their agrictulture implement business grow and expand to continually meet the demands of their customers. In turn, Ireland Farm Equipment values and supports the community it serves.
Through that legacy, the Baddock family and Ireland Farm Equipment have chosen to support the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation Capital Campaign with sponsorship of the Recreation Kitchen.
"The rural support has been the back bone of this area and we feel that this is an all-around good project for the community - both rural and town." Said Brent Baddock. "Both my grandmother and great grandmother have lived at the Lodge."
The VDHF Capital Campaign would like to extend our thanks to the Baddock Family and Ireland Farm Equipment for their support of this community project.
THANK YOU RICK & BONNIE DONILY AND RICHARDSON DENTURE CLINIC
December 22, 2017
Rick and Bonnie Donily, owners of Richardson Denture Clinic, have come forward to support the modernization of the Vermilion Valley Lodge with a generous gift of $10,000. Rick said, "The seniors in our area have given so much to our community, it's only right that we give back to them. We are honoured to be a part of this legacy project." Bonnie added "What moved me personally was the respect and dignity being shown for the residents with the much needed space and comforts included in the update and design of their home."
The Vermilion & District Housing Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet thanks Rick & Bonnie for their support and is ever so grateful for our local business owners with a passion for our seniors and our community!
THANK YOU DR. LEE MONEO AND VERMILION EYE CENTRE
December 21, 2017
The growing need for seniors' housing is what prompted Dr. Lee Moneo, owner of Vermilion Eye Centre, to contribute $10,000 to the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation Capital Campaign. "The amount of people who will require senior housing is growing so fast, and we need more facilities. This is a great project."
It is predicted that within 10 years, 4,000 area residents will be over the age of 65. The Lodge is critical infrastructure in our community as a home enviroment when seniors no longer wish to manage a residence. The Capital Campaign is raising $1.5 million of a $14.1 million dollar project to upgrade and improve the Vermilion Valley Lodge.
THANK YOU WAWANESA
December 16, 2017
Lorne Rye, Senior Business Development Representative, of Wawanesa Insurance was on hand to present a donationof $20,000 towards the modernization project at the Lodge.
"The Vermilion region is a huge supporter of Wawanesa, probably one of the largest in Alberta." Said Rye. He explained that the renovations at the Lodge meet the specific criteria of Wawanesa's capital projects and "it's a small way for our company to give back" to our valued clients, some of which have been with Wawanesa for 50+ years.
Craig Brown, Volunteer Vice Chair of the VDHF Capital Campaign, explained to Rye how Wawanesa's contribution towards the fitness room will benefit the overall health of the residents at the Lodge. "Many of the residents use the fitness equipment daily and having a seperate room in which to exercise is vital and safe. Presently they have a treadmill and recumbent bike in the hallway and have people walking by as they exercise."
Barry Clampitt and Jason Clampitt of Vermilion Insurance were instrumental in working with the Capital Campaign and Wawanesa to secure the donation. The VDHF Capital Campaign thanks Barry, Jason and Wawanesa for your support of our area seniors.
THANK YOU BYKOWKSI SAND & GRAVEL
December 14, 2017
Mike Bykowski of Bykowski Sand & Gravel was adamant his business is only "doing the right thing" as he steps up to extend his support with a $10,000 donation to the Living Well Capital Campaign.
"We saw the quality of care and support my parents received when they lived at the Lodge. But this updgrade to the building and rooms will enhance the home experience for our seniors into the future. Kelly and I are happy to offer our support to this long overdue modernization."
Thank you to Mike and Kelly for supporting this critical infrastructure in our community and honoring our local seniors in this way!
Pictured: Robert Snelgrove - Campaign Volunteer, Mike Bykowski - Owner of Bykowski Sand & Gravel, and Brenda Lee - Volunteer Campaign Chair.
THANK YOU TO THE MASONIC LODGE #24 AND EASTERN STAR CHAPTER #22
December 11, 2017
With a long history in Vermilion, members of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star Chapter have worked together to build a strong community and support worth while causes.
Rex Cunningham, Worshipful Master, Masonic Lodge #24 and Hilda Bell, Worthy Matron, Queen Esther (Eastern Star) Chapter #22 present a donation of $25,000 to support the modernization currently underway at Vermilion Valley Lodge, following a vote of their members.
Rex noted "The Masons have a 112 year history locally of supporting worthy community projects."
"The Lodge is close to our hearts as it has been home to our members, neighbors, and friends over the years. Residents deserve a comfortable, safe home." Expressed Hilda.
The VDHF Capital Campaign thanks the members of these 2 community groups for their support of our area seniors. Receiving the donation was CAO, Vermilion & District Housing Foundation, Sheri Heller and Dawn Flaata, Capital Campaign Community Volunteer and Eastern Star Member.
THANK YOU TO LONG'S VALUE DRUG MART
December 3, 2017
The Long Family, deeply rooted in the Vermilion Area for over 100 years, knows the significance of keeping seniors in our community in safe, affordable housing. Long's Value Drug Mart has pledged $25,000 to the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation to support the modernization of the Vermilion Valley Lodge. Jason Long recognizes this as a priority.
"Residents of the Lodge have been, and continue to be, our valuable customers and we are pleased to support this project."
Charlotte Smith, on behalf of the Living Well Capital Campaign, thanked The Long Family and staff of Long's Value Drug Mart for their contribution to this valuable infrastructure in our community.
THANK YOU TO THE SNELGROVE FAMILY!
November 24, 2017
The Snelgrove's traditionally step up to the needs of our community, but like so many of our local businesses, often do it quietly. We are so happy they agreed to allow us to feature their generous commitment of $25,000 towards the Living Well Capital Campaign to modernize the Vermilion Valley Lodge.
"We are so very grateful for the Snelgrove Family and their dedication to our community. This is a true multi-generational family gift that spans past and present, and it was so fitting that Mr. Snelgrove Sr. provided their initial instalment to The Snelgrove Family pledge of $25,000." Brenda Lee, Volunteer Chair - Vermilion & District Housing Foundation's Living Well Capital Campaign.
(Left to right - County of Vermilion River Reeve Dale Swyripa, Mike Webb from Webb's of Vermilion, John Lunty from the Rotary Club of Vermilion, Brenda Lee Chair of the VDHF Capital Campaign Committe, Mayor Caroline McAuley, and Sheri Heller VDHF CAO)
LIVING WELL CAPITAL CAMPAIGN MILESTONE DAY
November 19, 2017
$1.1 MILLION RAISED!
Dignitaries, friends and family joined in support of the Valley Lodge modernization project on November 19, and shared an opportunity to give back to the community and be a hero to our beloved seniors!
Capital Campaign Chair Brenda Lee announced the community has already raised $1.1 million of its $1.5 million community fundraising goal.
We wish to thank our donors for their generous contribution to the well-being of our area seniors.
THANK YOU WEBB'S OF VERMILION
November 15, 2017
The VDHF Capital Campaign is pleased to announce that Webb's of Vermilion has donated $100,000 towards the modernization project at the Vermilion Valley Lodge.
"We feel that the Lodge expansion project is such an important project in our community." Said Scott Webb, Owner & Manager of Webb's Machinery. "As a business that has been around for 80 years, Webb's is thankful for the support over the years and now it is an opportunity for us to give back. It is something we have always done is give back to the community that has supported us."
Dealer Principal of Webb's Ford, Mike Webb agreed, "We have a lot of customers past and present that have lived or will eventually live at the Lodge. This is a way for us to say Thank You and in a few years, we may be joining them there."
Vermilion & District Housing Foundation Living Well Capital Campaign Chair Brenda Lee expressed her thanks, "We can't thank Scott, Mike and the Webb Family enough for this generous gift to the modernization of the Vermilion Valley Lodge. For over 80 years, the Webb's businesses have taken a lead in supporting our community. This donation is very reflective of their ongoing investment in our community, the people, organizations and the critical infrastructure that keeps our community strong and healthy."
John Lychak with entertainer Danny Hooper
THANK YOU JOHN LYCHAK and ROTARY CLUB OF VERMILION
John Lychak's work of art helped raise over $11,000 for the Lodge Modernization project at the Rotary Harvest Gala auction!
Campaign volunteer David Eremko with Lawrence Ferbey
THANK YOU FERBEY'S SAND & GRAVEL
November 17, 2017
The VDHF Capital Campaign annunced that Ferbey's Sand & Gravel has contributed $10,000 to the Lodge Modernization project. Owner Lawrence Ferbey said, "Our gravel business has had the support of the community for over 40 years. We are very grateful and we would like to say Thank You back".
CORNERSTONE CO-OP DONATION
October 13, 2017
A sincere Thank-You to Cornerstone Co-op for your support of our area seniors!
Cornerstone Co-op is proud to support the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation's Living Well Campaign with a $10,000 donation towards the Valley Lodge Modernization Project. Co-op values our seniors as pioneers in what our community has become and the contributions they continue to make.
General Manager Graham Getz: "We are proud that we are a Cornerstone of our communities and this investment illustrates that. This is a great community initiative for Cornerstone Co-op to support and shows our level of commitment to our local members and communities for decades and generations to come."
LIONS CLUB DONATION
September 20, 2017
Thank you to the Vermilion Lions Club for their donation of $5,000 to the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation's Living Well Capital Campaign. The modernization project will be replacing the three oldest wings of the existing facility and creating a modern, comfortable home for our area seniors. Featured here is Lions Club member Barry Clampitt and Living Well Capital Campaign Volunteer Craig Brown.
The new building will include 52 new, 350 sq. ft. rooms, each with a small kitchenette and walk-in shower. Of the 52 rooms, 4 will be one bedroom couple's suites for a total of 124 rooms and a maximum of 130 residents.
VERMILION ELK'S DONATION
July 21, 2017
On behalf of the Vermilion Elk's Club, member Greg Young presents Craig Brown and Sheri Heller with a $5,000 donation to the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation for the Living Well Modernization Project. The modernization project will be replacing the three oldest wings of the lodge, the dining room and kitchen, which was originally built in 1960. The current structure has 84 suites, ranging from 150 to 280 sq. ft. in size, and no longer fit the Government of Alberta's standards to senior access. The new building will include 52 new, 350 sq. ft. rooms, which will each have a small kitchenette and walk-in shower. Of the 52 rooms, four will be one bedroom couple's suites for a total of 124 rooms and a maximum of 130 residents.
Thank you to the Vermilion Elks for your support.
THANK YOU RE/MAX PRAIRIE REALTY!
July 14, 2017
Thank you Shawn Jacula and RE/MAX Prairie Realty for your gift of $25,000 to the Vermilion & District Housing Foundation Capital Campaign, and for your continued donation over the next 3 years. Your support of seniors helps to create more than housing, but strengthens the community we call home. Thank you!
See RE/MAX Prairie Realty's Facebook Page for more information on their continued commitment!
THANK YOU VERMILION CREDIT UNION
June 29, 2017
The VDHF Capital Campaign would like to take a minute to thank our great community and recognize one of our first donations, the Vermilion Credit Union for their support of the VDHF with their generous gift of $75,000. Thank you VCU!
THANK YOU SHOPPERS DRUG MART VERMILION
June 22, 2017
The VDHF Capital Campaign is pleased to annouce that Shoppers Drug Mart Vermilion has donated $50,000 towards the modernization project at the Valley Lodge. Craig Brown, Capital Campaign Co-Chair, was pleased to work with Anuj Chauhan, Associate Owner, to make this donation possible.
Shoppers Drug Mart is a relatively new business to Vermilion and their donation speaks volumes to Anuj and his staff's commitment to the seniors and our community. We are pleased to accept this significant donation towards the project and thank Anuj for his contribution towards the legacy of the Housing Foundation and our