The Sicamous District has announced two town halls where it seeks to address concerns – and rumors – about the Shuswap Healing Center project.
Two meetings are scheduled for Wednesday November 3. City Manager Evan Parliament said the first will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the second from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., both at the Sicamous Seniors Center at 1091 Shuswap Ave.
The meetings will also provide residents with the opportunity to learn and ask questions about other current and future developments. Information stations will be set up for: Eagle Valley Senior Citizens Housing Society Affordable Housing Project; Habitat for Humanity Affordable Housing Project; Sicamous Beach Park Improvements; revitalization of the main street; the existing Sicamous Community Health Center; and the Shuswap Healing Center.
Mayor Terry Rysz, along with Sicamous Council and District staff will participate in the meetings, along with representatives from the Eagle Valley Senior Citizens Housing Society and BC Housing, and Bill Miller, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Kamloops . Parliament also hopes to have representation from Splatsin.
Dr Avein Saaty-Tafoya will be present at both meetings. She is part of the Shuswap Healing Center design team and has been working with community health centers, hospitals and primary care associations since 1996. Will Woodward, Scott Builders Project Manager for the Shuswap Healing Center, will also be here . Scott Builders is the company responsible for managing the pre-construction phase of the center.
On October 19, Parliament said it had always heard rumors that the center was a drug treatment center. He had previously addressed these rumors at a board meeting on October 13 and said they were not true.
âI can certainly understand why there is confusion when people hear Community Health Center, Medical Clinic, Shuswap Healing Center and Truth and Reconciliation. I think a lot of people, because of their previous studies and some of their concerns, think it’s going to be some kind of addiction service or addiction treatment facility, âParliament said. “It isn’t, it can’t be, because we won’t have the proper facilities to accommodate this.”
He reiterated that all doctors and services from the current Sicamous Community Health Center will move to the new Shuswap Healing Center.
“The Shuswap Healing Center, in addition to being our own community health center, will provide services to Splatsin and any Aboriginal client seeking healing due to their stay in a residential school or their parents’ stay in a residential school.” , said Parliament. âThere is no barrier, no segregation. The Shuswap Healing Center is an open public facility that provides care to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people; and cures mental and physical ailments.
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