The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg Garden Project

The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg Garden Project

In December 2022 we responded to the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg’s application to the Winnipeg Foundation for funding to enhance the greenspace and patio for its residents. The courtyard makeover was a good fit with the Circle of Life mission to enhance the quality of life of the elderly and so we elected to commit $10,000 to the project.

The name, Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, doesn’t sound much like the personal care home it now is. But it does give a clue to its roots. The Home was founded 140 years ago when in 1883 a group of influential Winnipeg women set out to help an over-crowded Winnipeg General Hospital battling yet another typhoid epidemic. The women formed the Women’s Hospital Aid Society, raising money for a residence for recuperating patients to ease the strain on the hospital. The first Home was on McDermot Avenue near the hospital, but it has been at 276 Hugo since 1917, moving into a new building in the mid 60s. As needs changed over time, the Home morphed into a “nursing home” – becoming a pioneer in Personal Care Homes in the province.

Convalescent Home of Winnipeg

We paid a visit to the Home on a sunny October afternoon in 2023 to see its newly-overhauled garden. We were toured around by Sherry Heppner (Development Coordinator) and Sharon Wilms (CEO and Director of Care). Both spoke enthusiastically about the changes in the space for the residents of the Home. Now their dream is a “village” community for seniors based on a progressive model of senior care in Langley, B.C. Who knows, the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg may be on the brink of re-inventing itself again!

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