A rendering of the proposed Sicamous wellness centre. (District of Sicamous Image)

CSRD gets behind Wellness Centre for Sicamous

The District of Sicamous is applying for $6 million in grant funding to go towards the project

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) board voted to support Sicamous’ application for grant funds to build a wellness centre in the community.

The District of Sicamous is applying for a $6 million grant through the Canada-British Columbia – Rural and Northern Communities Program.

If grant funding is received, The Wellness Centre will provide office space to all of the district’s medical professionals; it is a central part of Sicamous’ attempt to attract another doctor the community. The centre could serve as a place to practice for up to two doctors, three dentists an optometrist and a physiotherapist.

The proposed site for the wellness centre is on Main Street. Along with offices for medical professionals, the plan for the medical centre building features a coffee shop, community daycare facility and as many as 12 elevator accessible residential suites for seniors.

Related:Health centre plan for Sicamous’ Main Street takes shape

The need for the wellness centre is expressed in a report from the District of Sicamous which states that 45 per cent of Sicamous’ population have had to leave the district to be treated by health-care practitioners in other communities.

Sicamous Mayor Terry Rysz who also sits on the CSRD board as a municipal director, told the board at their Jan. 10 meeting about a similar wellness centre project in Chetwynd that succeeded in attracting doctors to the community.

Rysz also said Sicamous plans to partner with neighbouring First Nations to house a regional healing centre for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It would also serve as a regional hub for both physical and mental health services.

The CSRD Board gave their unanimous approval to a letter of support Sicamous can include with their grant application.


@SalmonArm
jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Dancing with Shuswap Stars attracts Rust Valley Restorers

TV show stars join quest to hone some fancy footwork

Woman brings mortar round to Shuswap RCMP detachment

Chase officers contact the Canadian Forces to dispose of the suspected explosive device

Sicamous officials optimistic in the face of Waterway Houseboats closure

Mayor and chamber of commerce concerned for staff who lost jobs

Open house to reveal proposed changes to Balmoral intersection on Trans-Canada Highway

The South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce has already provided input to the ministry

Salmon Arm residents learn how to protect properties from wildfire

Removing debris from forest floor can help stop fires from spreading

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Restrictive policies affecting labour mobility for care aides in B.C.

‘I had to take two competency exams and pay over $1,400,’ said an Okanagan care aide

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

A Kelowna medical research company needs adults with autism spectrum disorder for a study

Three-hundred-fifty patients worldwide will participate in the study

Most Read