Statement on Wolf Willow Cohousing

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Speaker: — I recognize the member from Saskatoon Riversdale.

Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I recently had the privilege of attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the newest housing project in Saskatoon Riversdale: Wolf Willow Cohousing located right on the boundary between the communities of King George and Riversdale. Mr. Speaker, Wolf Willow is about building community. It's a 21-unit condo development for those 55 and older with extensive common areas so neighbours can gather together when they choose.

Co-housing is a neighbourhood design that combines the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living. And in keeping with the co-housing model that originated in Denmark about 50 years ago, the soon-to-be residents of Wolf Willow have actively participated in the planning. They have set their goal to create an old-fashioned neighbourhood that supports friendly co-operation, socializing, mutual support, and environmental responsibility.

In the words of one of the residents:

Cohousing is the answer for all “baby boomers” who don't want to live alone and want to “age in place” with kindred spirits. It is ecologically responsible, socially beneficial, and hard work, like all things worthwhile.

Another adds:

The workshops, the sauna, the exercise room, and the large common areas, both inside and outside, are only a few of the things I am looking forward to sharing with my new neighbours. How nice it will be to have an in-house movie night, or a communal dinner, or to make salsa and jam together in the big beautiful kitchen we are planning.

Mr. Speaker, construction will begin soon and the owners anticipate moving in in the spring of 2012. As someone who lives just a few blocks away, I could not be more thrilled to be gaining some great new neighbours. With that I just want to say, welcome to the community. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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