Although it appears work on the Chigamik Waypoint Community Health Hub has stalled, there is a lot being done behind the scenes.
With the exterior of the new health centre on Lakeshore Drive complete, officials involved in the project have turned their attention to the interior. Designs for the inside of the building are still going through a tedious approval process with the province.
“We are hoping that by the end of the year we will be in the building,” said Carol Lambie, president and CEO of the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.
When complete, the two-storey, 20,397-square-foot building will house all the services currently offered at the Waypoint HERO Centre, Waypoint Outpatient Services and the Chigamik Community Health Centre.
Staff working for these services have all been meeting to discuss how they are going to best work together under one roof.
“Our teams are working together to figure out how we operate together in the shared space,” said Lambie. “We have been having regular meetings to talk about how we can leverage the capacity each of us have, so we are not duplicating services and we are providing the best services that we can to the client.”
The two organizations will share common spaces such as physiotherapy, conference and gathering rooms, a kitchen and youth programming space.
There will also be several rooms designated for traditional Indigenous healing and spiritual care, which both organizations currently offer.
“There is really good alignment of our culture and values,” said Lambie. “Hopefully, the outcome of that will be improved services for the clients.”
A youth wellness hub will also be located inside the building. It will provide one-stop walk-in mental health services for youth aged 12 to 25. Youth in the community have been involved in the design process to make the area as welcoming as possible.