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Simkin CentreBy BERNIE BELLAN (with material contributed by  the Simkin Centre)
On Monday, January 9, 2018, The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre held its annual Centenarian Celebration to honour residents who are 100 years and older.

Family members, friends, volunteers, and staff were in attendance. Presentations were made to the residents by a representative of the Government of Manitoba on behalf of Premier Brian Pallister and by Marilyn Regiec and Emily Shane, Simkin Centre Board Members. The nine residents honoured (seated at the table in the background of the picture) were: Anne Jacobson, Rosa Kessler, Christine Morris, Clare Pollock, Ruth Gelfand, Evelyn Golden, Rose Hoffer, Sally Baker, and Iris Glanville.

New facility to be developed adjacent to Simkin Centre

In a separate development it was revealed that the Simkin Centre has sold a parcel of land adjacent to the centre to a private developer. While the exact plans of the developer, Tell Ventures Ltd, have not been disclosed as yet, that company has recently established a major presence in Winnipeg with its Brightwater Senior Living facility on Sterling Lyon Parkway.
In an email received from Simkin Centre Executive Director Irwin Corobow, Corobow wrote: “What we understand from our discussions with them (Tell Ventures Ltd.) during our negotiations is that they plan on ‘Seniors’ housing - so that could range from completely independent to assisted living to assisted living with higher levels of care - similar to Brightwater's new facility off Sterling Lyon.”
Repeated attempts to contact Tell Ventures Ltd. for comment as to what their plans might be have proven unsuccessful.
It is worth bearing in mind that, in 2010, the Simkin Centre had unveiled plans for what was to be the third phase of its development, following its initial opening in 2001 with 72 beds, followed by a second phase completed in 2008 that increased the Simkin Centre’s capacity to more than 200 beds.
Plans for that third phase were eventually shelved as the Simkin Centre found itself thrust into great controversy following the death of resident Lilyann Peck in November 2009.
Rather than embarking upon a further expansion itself, the Simkin Centre board decided to offer up the parcel of land in question for bid from outside sources.