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As part of its continuing approach to partner in local community projects, Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (DDMI) is pleased to support construction of the new Territorial Dementia Facility in Yellowknife.The Territorial Dementia Facility is open to all Northwest Territories residents, and will allow them to transfer from long-term care facilities to one specifically designed to meet the needs of people with Alzheimer Disease and related dementias. The new 28-bed facility will be operated by the Yellowknife Association of Concerned Citizens for Seniors (YACCS).
“At Diavik, we feel very strongly about contributing back to the community and in helping support healthy lifestyles,” said Diavik President Kim Truter. “The Side Door was our first project and addressed the needs of youth. With construction of the Shorty Brown Arena, we supported recreation for all ages, and Bailey House, currently in final construction, will help support men making transitions in their lives. The Territorial Dementia Centre is a much needed facility that will provide specialized care to people living with dementia, and will significantly lessen family stress by supporting affected family members closer to home.”
“When we look at how ardently we approach health and safety within Diavik, it only made sense for us to reach beyond our mine to contribute to a local health partnership like this Territorial Dementia Facility,” he added.
Under the community-driven partnership, Nahanni Construction Ltd. of Yellowknife will construct the facility. Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. will project manage construction and provide financial management similar to what was done for previous partnership projects. The NWT Government will finance 100% of the construction, estimated at $15 million. Completion of the facility is scheduled for late summer or early fall of 2009.
In a parallel effort, YACCS is raising money to help furnish the Dementia Facility and to construct a commercial kitchen to service it and the adjoining Aven Manor. Long time Yellowknife residents, Mickey Brown and Sandy Wowk are leading this fund raising effort. Diavik has pledged an additional $50,000 for this parallel initiative.
Canada’s top diamond producer, the Diavik Diamond Mine is located 300 km. northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. It is an unincorporated joint venture between DDMI (60%) and Harry Winston Diamond Mines Ltd. (40%). Both companies are headquartered in Yellowknife, Canada. DDMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England, and Harry Winston Diamond Mines Ltd. is wholly owned by Harry Winston Diamond Corporation of Toronto, Canada. DDMI is the operator of the project. For further information contact Tom Hoefer, Manager of Communications & External Relations at Tel: (867) 669-6500, or visit the DDMI website at www.diavik.ca.
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