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 am passionate about giving back to the community that supported and nurtured myself to become the individual that I am today. As an Occupational Therapist, I am blessed with the opportunity to support long term care residents and community members to maintain independence and engage in meaningful life activities. Completion of a new long term care home will significantly eliminate environmental barriers and will create a home where residents can continue to live meaningful and purposeful lives.”
Janaya was born and raised in Meadow Lake SK. After becoming an Occupational Therapist, Janaya returned to her home town to work with lodge residents and members of the community and surrounding area. Janaya has been a NCLA Board Member since 2017. Janaya does all our graphics that you see each week!
JESSICA LUKAN, Licensed Practical Nurse
“As a nurse, I believe it’s important to have a home that can accommodate the needs of anyone we care for, whether it be a senior or younger person requiring continuing care. I think it’s important that the home is made to feel like a welcoming environment. I’m excited to see a new home with updated equipment and technology that will make it easier for staff, and most importantly for the residents.”
Jessica worked at the current NPL for 6 years, initially as a continuing care aide and later on as a nurse. Jessica recently relocated to Lloydminster where she continues to nurse at the Lloydminster Hospital. Jessica stays on the committee as the brains behind our website! Jessica joined NCLA in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 be part of ensuring that the new Long Term Care Facility is one that provides a better quality of life for those that cannot live independently anymore”.
Crystal is a Legal Assistant at Legal Aid Saskatchewan in Meadow Lake. She has been part of the NorthWest Community Lodge Association Inc. since 2015. Crystal has had several roles on the Board including Treasurer and most recently took on the position of Vice President in September of 2020.
GERRI MOELLER, Office Administration
“I feel that from raising our family in Meadow Lake, it is important to give back to our community, by volunteering and working towards a safer and better place to live. I felt when the opportunity arose to join the NCLA that I could better serve our community members, elders and residents of long term care who desperately require a new and improved home.”
Gerri has volunteered with multiple organizations over the years around our community and brings a wealth of fundraising knowledge to our team. Gerri has been an active board member since 2017.
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.