Opinion

Hiawatha residents still await their fate

To the editor:

Last June 27 the manager of the Hiawatha Mobile (mobile being a real misnomer) Home Park gave residents notice that an offer to buy the park had been made but it wouldn’t be until December that we would know what was happening to our affordable homes.

Meanwhile, we are all under a great deal of stress, concerned what our future holds for 125+ seniors, most in their 80s.

These are 97 affordable homes, all landscaped with lawns, shrubs, flowers and trees that could be compared to any beautifully coiffed street any where in Kelowna.

Some have lived here 38 years and anticipated living their last years here or till they had to move on to a care facility.

Several male and females residents are war veterans, one who is in his 90th year spent four years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

We are a close knit community where everyone knows everybody and everyone looks out for their neighbour. We have a nice community hall and an association with an executive. We hold 10 meetings a year, several socials a year and activities every week.

Now we are under the threat of losing these affordable homes to be cast aside like an old pair of shoes if we cannot prevent the powers that be from rezoning, that would make it possible to stay as we are.

If you are a group or an individual who would like to sign a petition in support of our affordable homes not being demolished, please get in touch with me at 717-0377.

Jean McVicar,

Kelowna

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