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December 17, 2003
New City home for the aged welcomes friends, families, neighbours
At a ceremony this afternoon, Wesburn Manor, Toronto's first new City-owned
home for the aged since 1990, officially opened its doors. This home, which was
built on the corner of The West Mall and Burnhamthorpe Road in Etobicoke,
offers a wide array of amenities and features that make it a welcoming home for
192 residents.

"This is a happy occasion," said Councillor Doug Holyday (Ward 3 Etobicoke
Centre), who assisted with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. "By building
Wesburn Manor and operating long-term care facilities across Toronto, the City
is continuing to respond to the community's need for seniors' services."

"The opening of Wesburn Manor is great news for seniors in and around our
community," said Laurel Broten, MPP, Etobicoke Lakeshore, who shared the
ribbon-cutting duties. "We know that our population is growing and aging and we
want to be sure that long-term care beds are there for people now and far into
the future."

Wesburn Manor features six resident home areas, which include two 32-bed areas
on the second, third and fourth floors. Residents on each floor have access to
gardens, and each resident home area features its own dining, lounge and
activity areas. Great care has been taken to furnish and decorate the home to
make it truly a home for residents and visitors. Wesburn's main floor features
a central square, gardens, a fireplace, a multi-purpose room, meeting rooms, a
library and even a guest suite for visiting families. Other services on the
main floor include the administrative offices, general store, hair salon,
volunteer office/lounge, main kitchen, laundry services and a maintenance

The community was involved from the first stages of Wesburn Manor's
development. Planning, which began in 1999, included a series of meetings with
the home's future neighbours. From these meetings, a Community Reference Group
was formed to work with Toronto Homes for the Aged throughout the design and
construction. The connections to the community continue, as various areas of
the home are named after prominent people and places in the Etobicoke area. For
example, the central square is named the Dennis Flynn Town Square, the
first-floor garden is called Eatonville Park, and residents can enjoy
refreshments at the Alders Cafe. Other prominent Etobicoke residents whose
names have been honoured include Esther Heyes, Stewart B. East, Jane Leitch,
Dorothy Fuller and Lynn Lundie.

Wesburn Manor was designed by Shore-Tilbe Irwin & Partners Architects; Buttcon
Ltd. served as the official construction partner for the project. Capital costs
for Wesburn Manor were budgeted at $24.55 million. Funding for the new home was
provided by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Ministry of Health and
Long-term Care.

Media Contact:
Sandra Pitters, General Manager, Toronto Homes for the Aged,



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