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June 13, 2024

Celebrating One Year of Cedar Terrace: A Beacon of Affordable Senior Housing in Merritt, BC

Cedar Terrace stands as a testament to our commitment to providing affordable, accessible, and specialized housing for residents aged 55 and above.

Today marked a significant milestone for the Merritt community as we gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of Cedar Terrace. Located on Quilchena Ave, Cedar Terrace stands as a testament to our commitment to providing affordable, accessible, and specialized housing for residents aged 55 and above.

Cedar Terrace features 44 studio and one-bedroom apartments, meticulously designed to meet the unique needs of our senior residents. This four-storey complex not only prioritizes comfort and convenience but also ensures that our aging population can enjoy a supportive and dignified living environment. Over the past year, Cedar Terrace has become more than just a building; it has evolved into a vibrant community hub where seniors can thrive.

A drumming and singing performance sets the tone for the celebration.

The celebration began with a powerful and heartfelt drumming and singing performance, setting a respectful and uplifting tone for the event. The traditional invocation and welcome to the land reminded us of the deep roots and cultural heritage that enrich our community.

Dawn Himer from BC Housing spoke eloquently about the positive impact Cedar Terrace has had on both the seniors and the broader Merritt community. She highlighted the importance of such projects in fostering a sense of belonging and security among our aging residents.

Dawn Himer from BC Housing Addresses those in attendance

Bob Hughes concluded the event with a poignant message that resonated with all attendees. He emphasized the current challenges posed by the rising cost of living, urging the community to unite in making an effort to work together to solve many of the problems we face. Hughes also celebrated the resilience and pride of Merritt, particularly in the wake of recent floods that tested the strength of our community. His call to action was clear: we must continue to build and support senior housing to accommodate the growing number of elderly residents in Merritt.

Bob Hughes celebrates the community spirit of Merritt who have consistently come together during hard times.

The anniversary of Cedar Terrace is not just a celebration of a building; it is a celebration of progress, resilience, and community spirit. As we look back on the past year, we are reminded of the incredible strides we've made in providing affordable housing for our seniors. Cedar Terrace stands as a beacon of hope and a model for future developments aimed at enhancing the quality of life for our aging population.

As we move forward, let us carry the spirit of today's celebration with us, continuing to support and advocate for affordable senior housing. Together, we can ensure that Merritt remains a welcoming and supportive community for all its residents, young and old alike.

Article written by 
ASK Wellness Society

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