Civeo-Donated Land Will Become Home for Kitimat Dementia Patients

Published: April 17, 2024

2018 land dedication ceremony. Attending from left to right: Barbara Campbell (KVHS), Cyndi McIntosh (KCSS), Linda and Doug Thomson (KVHS), Corinne Scott (KVHS), Bob Greaves (Civeo), Margaret Sanou (KVHS) and Carl Whicher (KVHS) at the newly-erected sign on the site. (Photo Gerry Leibel)

Every home needs a strong foundation to rest on, especially those that are intended to have a lasting presence in the community.

In fall 2024, construction will begin on a new dementia care facility in Kitimat, B.C., a project made possible by Civeo’s donation of a 12-acre parcel of land to the Kitimat Valley Housing Society.

Civeo was the first major donor to the funding effort, bringing not just tangibility for the location, but for the entire project. Participation from other stakeholders soon followed including donations from LNG Canada, Rio Tinto, Pembina Cedar LNG Partnerships LP, as well as contributions from the District of Kitimat, Haisla Nation, and local area businesses and residents.

The land, valued at $440,000 at the time of its donation in 2018, was part of the Sitka Lodge master plan, and originally intended for outdoor recreation amenities that would later be donated to the community. However, after consultation with residents and District of Kitimat Council members, it was determined that this land could be instrumental in addressing a gap in community support programs for Kitimat’s aging population. 

With construction scheduled for completion in 2026, the new 12-room care facility will provide a home for residents in need of specialized dementia care. The facility will offer personal care, housekeeping, meals, nursing, shopping assistance and transportation to medical appointments, all from a place that patients can call home.

Aiming to support quality of life for its residents, the facility will feature amenities including a library, a multipurpose room, a visiting salon, and a spa. Programs such as daily gardening, music and crafts will also be available to keep guests active.

Civeo has been operating in Kitimat since the approval of our Sitka Lodge development in 2013. Since then, we have continued to work with the District of Kitimat, local First Nations, area residents, and businesses from the region to find meaningful ways to engage with our operations.