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About Us

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About Us

A supportive community with enhanced opportunities to enable seniors – inclusive of ethnic origins, abilities and disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion – to remain an integral part of community life.
To enable seniors to maintain residency in the Slocan Valley by providing affordable housing and support services.

 Our Staff:

  • Nora Lilligren
    • Passmore Lodge Administrator

Our Contractors:

  • Tamara Smith
    • Slocan Project Coordinator
  • Jan VanderMeulen
    • Passmore Lodge Maintenance
  • Norma Kilpatrick
    • Passmore Lodge Bookkeeper

2017 – 2018 Board of Directors

Executive:

  • Rita Moir
    • President
  • Paul Wilkinson
    • 1st Vice President
  • Penny Tees
    • Secretary
  • Sally Mackenzie
    • Treasurer

Directors:

  • Ruth Hackett
  • Willie Harasemow
  • Sue Harder
  • Mabel Kabatoff
  • Merina Matthew
  • Lynnda Moore
  • Wilf Rimmer
Since we built Passmore Lodge, the need for low income Seniors housing in our valley has grown considerably.  Seniors are vulnerable populations, and in the Slocan Valley they have few options for safe and affordable housing. Compared to the provincial average, this client group is large, aging quickly, and the available housing stock suitable for them is virtually non-existent.

In order to help meet this demand, we have done considerable due diligence and planning with the objective of building 12 units of safe, affordable housing in the heart of the Village of Slocan. We are now in the process of raising monies to bring the “Slocan Housing Project” to reality.

Our Board functions well, is dedicated, and is ready and committed to moving the Slocan Housing Project forward! For more information see our Slocan Housing project page.

Our History

The Slocan Valley Senior’s Housing Society was incorporated and received charitable status in 1997, after two years of organizing effort by members of the Passmore Seniors Branch 56 and the Rural Alternatives Research and Training Society (RARTS). Many other individuals and community-based organizations joined in to help document the growing affordable housing and support needs of seniors in the Slocan Valley.

As one community member put it “We have a community hall every 10 kilometres in this valley. We have schools and we have graveyards, but we have little to address seniors’ housing and support needs in between.” Community invitations and consultations helped to raise awareness and invite participation to identify and develop possible solutions for housing and supports.

Designs were reviewed and selected. The vision became a housing project that could offer 10 one-bedroom apartments with storage, parking and a common lounge area for seniors at an affordable rent AND have community space to offer seniors’ activities, a community kitchen for a future meal service, if possible, and a second office as a base of operations for outreach of seniors services to the valley.

A massive community effort over the next two years raised over $600,000 in funds and donated materials and services to help make Passmore Lodge a reality. Seniors and all ages Hiked for Housing around the Silvery Slocan 215 km loop, raising over $50,000, speaking about seniors’ housing and support needs at stops along the way. Local sawmills donated the construction lumber, the huge beams for the central common area and the beautiful birch for all the cabinets and wainscoting, which were made locally. The common room’s tables and chairs were designed and built by a Kootenay School for the Arts student. Local utilities, credit unions and other regional employers like CP Rail chipped in significant amounts.

With the help of Service Canada, an agreement was negotiated with the general contractor to hire local EI reach-backs for some of the construction crew, bringing his costs and contract costs down. The Legions, the Seniors’ Branches and local employees all reached out to their provincial organizations and employers to bend their ear about this needed project, with amazing results. The Real Estate Foundation and the Vancouver Foundation dug deep, as did other foundations. The Columbia Basin Trust saw this community effort and stepped up.

Finally, a $940,000 mortgage and an operating agreement with BC Housing was secured. Passmore Lodge opened in the summer of 1999. A carport, raised bed gardens and a beautiful gazebo and pond were added over the years, through more community effort and the help of tenants. The Society continues to manage the Lodge, helped by the subsidies offered through the BC Housing Operating Agreement, and facilitates community seniors’ activities in the building.

A special thanks for the many community contributions made over the years and to the original directors of your society who made this dream a reality.