A small group of Lheidli T’enneh council and staff were on hand Tuesday to officially break ground and signal the start of construction of the new health centre project. The new single-storey wood framed building will contain medical exam and treatment spaces, a dental treatment room, community health and wellness lounge, staff offices and a lobby and gallery area. The new Health Center will be constructed in the Northside neighbourhood and will replace the existing facility which is housed in construction type trailers.
“The ongoing situation with COVID-19 prevented us from having a traditional groundbreaking ceremony with members, guests and the media in attendance,” said Dayi Clay Pountney. “However, we wanted to do something to mark this historic occasion as this is the first health centre the nation has ever constructed from the ground up. Our members will receive the best of medical, dental, health and wellness care in the new centre which will have state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Our members have asked for this for many years. Past councils and staff worked hard to find the funding and over the next many months we’ll all be able to celebrate as we see the new health centre take shape.”
The new $4 million centre is expected to be completed next late next year.
“The Lheidli T’enneh Nation is poised for substantive growth in the next few years and this project is another example of council’s determination to see the nation move forward,” said Lheidli T’enneh executive director Joe Gosnell. “The nation is reasserting itself in the downtown area of Prince George with development of the House of Ancestors and the Brunswick Street office. The new health centre along with new homes for members continues the development trend in the Northside and Southside neighbourhoods.”
The health centre is managed by Tamara Seymour.
“Our team has been busy throughout the COVID-19 period providing services to members,” she said. “Our department outgrew our current health centre a couple of years ago. Members and staff look forward to the move next year to the new facility with modern equipment, larger examination and treatment spaces, a dental treatment room and a new health and wellness lounge for members.”