In 2021, the Eva Marie Cancer Support Fund granted monies to the Riverside Compassion Home Society in support of a suite for one year, and the cost to develop the basement into a library/sitting area for patients during their stay.
Riverstone Compassion Home is located in Edmonton near the Cross Cancer Institute. When the new home was built, there were plans and drawings on developing the basement into a library and sitting area but as a non-profit society, the funding was not available to do this.
When we caught up with Jake Doerksen, Board Chair of the Society, he shared how grateful they are to see the project come to fruition and that he expects the new space to be fully operational by late July/ early August.
The library will have lots of shelving along with couches and chairs and spaces for residents to work, read, visit with family and friends or enjoy some quiet time.
While they have some books from the previous homes location, Jake noted that they are outdated and will be looking at opportunities to increase the library’s collection.