On July 21, Parkridge Centre said goodbye to nine temporary residents that had been evacuated from La Ronge at the beginning of July due to health and safety concerns from the northern wildfires. For the last several weeks, these evacuees had been staying in temporary lodgings both in the multipurpose room and vacant resident rooms at Parkridge.

An evacuee is loaded onto MD Ambulance's Special Operations Unit for the trip home.

An evacuee is loaded onto MD Ambulance’s Special Operations Unit for the trip home.

“We were happy to be able to provide the long term care evacuees from La Ronge a safe and caring place to stay during their time in Saskatoon, “ says Maureen Beisel, Manager of Parkridge Centre. “Our staff worked closely with the few La Ronge staff that came with the residents to ensure their stay was as comfortable as possible. Everyone just wanted to help.”

It was a solid team effort between Parkridge staff, La Ronge staff, and MD Ambulance as they loaded up the evacuees onto the Special Operations Unit for their trip home to LaRonge.

MD Ambulance's Special Operations Unit

MD Ambulance’s Special Operations Unit

The evacuees left Parkridge Centre mid-afternoon. Parkridge staff were immediately busy cleaning so permanent residents could once again enjoy the multi-purpose room as soon as possible.

Cheryl Goshagar, Housekeeper at Parkridge Centre, cleans the last bed used by the evacuees.

Cheryl Goshagar, Housekeeper at Parkridge Centre, cleans the last bed used by the evacuees.