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
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.
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.