We’re a small (but mighty)
The Northwest Community Lodge Association (NCLA) is a small but dedicated team of community volunteers who passionately believe it’s time for a new continuing care lodge in Meadow Lake—one that supports dignity care and a safe place to call home for those in our region who cannot live independently.
The NCLA is a community-based, non-profit charity run by a volunteer board of directors. What we lack in size, we make up for in determination. We began as the Northland Pioneers Lodge Association in 2015. In late 2017, we officially changed our name to Northwest Community Lodge Association to better reflect the broad region the new lodge will serve.
A vision based on compassion.
The NCLA board is made up of local businesspeople, lodge staff and volunteers who share a common passion—making sure that people in our community and surrounding area who can no longer live on their own have a comfortable, safe place to call home. And once we’ve reached our fundraising goal to equip and furnish the new lodge, we’ll continue annual fundraising efforts to ensure the lodge has funds to update and replace equipment and furnishings as it wears out.
Meet our board
JANAYA DUBRAY, Occupational Therapist
“I’m passionate about giving back to the community that not only nurtured my own growth, but that supports community members in need of long term care.” After becoming an occupational therapist, Janaya returned to Meadow Lake to work with community members and lodge residents. She’s been a Board member since 2017.
JESSICA LUKAN, Licensed Practical Nurse
“I joined the NCLA Board because I'd like to see and be part of a facility that is better equipped for community members requiring long term care.” Jessica recently started working at Lloydminster Hospital. She's been a board member since 2018.
FELICIA ADAMS, Grade 3 Teacher
"I believe that it is important for our community to be able to provide an excellent care home for our seniors who are no longer able to live on their own. The goal is to provide a safe, comfortable environment that feels like home, where the residents can build lasting relationships." Felicia has been a board member since March 2020 and has taken upon the role of secretary.
BRANDYN WASYLIW, Business Owner
“I feel that being born and raised in Meadow Lake, I have a moral obligation to give back to the community that has served me so well. A facility that I was able to work at as a summer student, and a place I came to visit often to see old friends, residents, colleagues and later on family. The new home is more than a building, it’s about bringing the community together. A place where we have the opportunity to give back to those that have helped us grow into the individuals we are today.” Brandyn joined NCLA in 2020.
NOREEN TOURAND, Continuing Care Aide
“Our elders are the reason we have today, and enjoy the lives that we live. They have been the foundation for everything today. I believe they deserve to live in a modern environment, with the best care we can provide. Our current facility has many limitations, and with the new home, these barriers will be improved.” Noreen Tourond was born and raised in Meadow Lake. She has been employed at the Northland Pioneers Lodge, since June of 1993 as a Continuing Care Aide. Noreen also has experience working with Meadow Lake Homecare and Multiworks. Noreen and her husband Mark, have three children.
GARRY RATKE, Farmer
“I was born and raised in Meadow Lake. After high school I went farming for 35 years and now I am semi-retired from farming. I remain to have a vested interest in the farm. I have been a RM councilor since Feb 2014 and continue to serve on the council. I hope I can bring some new ideas to the committee and strengthen the ideas that are already at the table. I know that if we work together we can succeed in meeting our goals.” Garry joined the NCLA fundraising committee in Sept 2020.
Registered Psychiatric Nurse
“There is often a misconception of long term care and the people we care for, we don’t care just for our seniors, we provide dignity care to all, regardless of age, diagnoses and health care needs. I am grateful that we have the opportunity to build a new long term care home, where the building layout will help us support the needs of each individual resident, despite their age and diagnosis.”
Alannah was raised in Meadow Lake, SK then left to attend university and returned to work as a nurse in the community. Her career has been primarily in long term care for the past ten years, where she is currently employed as the Nursing Unit Coordinator. Alannah joined NCLA in 2015, and recently took upon the role of president in 2020. Alannah also volunteers with the local Legion Branch.
CRYSTAL MURRAY, Legal Assistant
“I want to see the clients in the current lodge and those who are yet to move in have better quality of life with facilities that meet their individual needs.” Crystal Murray is a legal assistant at Legal Aid Saskatchewan in Meadow Lake. She’s been on the NCLA Board since 2015.
GERRI MOELLER, Office Administration
“I believe it’s important for our elders and others who need care to have a comfortable place to call home.” Gerri works at Meadow Power & Equipment. A snowmobile enthusiast, she has volunteered with the Prairie Women On Snowmobiles Breast Cancer Ride since 2009. She joined the NCLA Board in 2017.
MARYAH WALKER, RCMP Community Program Officer
“I feel that it is our responsibility to have a facility for our loved ones for when they can no longer take care of themselves; one that is safe and makes them feel like they are surrounded by family” Maryah has been a member of the RCMP for five years and is passionate about community safety and wellbeing. She is excited to be a member of this board and truly believes in the importance of having a facility that feels like home for our loved ones. She joined NCLA in 2020.
SERENA STEVENOT, Continuing Care Aide
"I look forward to working in our new home where we can continue to provide excellent care to our beloved residents. The new long term care promises to be more spacious with state of the art equipment, and this will help our staff deliver the highest quality of care."
Serena has been employed since 2011 at Northland Pioneer Lodge. Serena resides in Rapid View with her husband Matt, and multiple animals. She also volunteers with the Rapid View Fundraising Committee. She joined NCLA in 2020.
KAELYN MARSOLLIER, Accounts Payable
"I believe that it is our responsibility to ensure our elders are able to live happy and comfortable lives in a welcoming home environment while receiving long term care.” Kaelyn has taken on the executive role of ‘Treasurer’ with the NorthWest Community Lodge Association and we are grateful to have her join us! She joined the NCLA team in 2020.
3 Reasons why.
Whether you ask lodge residents, family members or staff, you’ll hear the same reasons why Meadow Lake so urgently needs a new continuing care lodge.
Reason #1 – Safety. The current building is old and outdated, and its ability to meet modern building codes or accommodate modern equipment is limited.
Reason #2 – Dignity. Private rooms with private baths give residents their own space and the ability to live life with dignity. That’s something we all value, something we all deserve.
Reason #3 – Comfort. When the lodge was built in the 1950s, it was an institution. We’ve come a long way since then. Today, continuing care homes are designed to provide a sense of home for residents.
Staying true to our values.
We support dignity care in a safe, comfortable home-like setting, a place people want to live rather than have to live.
We strongly believe the Lodge is more than a health care facility—it is home to its residents.
We seek to make life better for residents by helping make the lodge a home.
We provide opportunities for donors and sponsors to support community health and individual dignity, while being recognized for their commitment and generosity.
We will continue to raise funds to ensure residents and staff at the lodge have access to the equipment and furnishings they need for years to come.