Swimming pool for healing center?

Sicamous County District. Pam Beech wants to study the potential purchase of a water aerobics and therapeutic pool for the future Shuswap Healing Center.

On the agenda for the February 14th Sicamous District Council meeting is a notice of motion from Beech, which suggests that Karen Eastland, manager of Sicamous Health Centre, create a business case for the potential purchase and installation of a 15 by 15 feet and therapy pool for the facility.

At a recent committee of the whole meeting, Kelly Bennett, Chief Administrative Officer, presented a report saying that construction on the estimated $10 million project is expected to begin in March.

However, the interior layout of the building is not yet finalized, as Beech noted in his motion.

“I think this is necessary while we still have open space, as it is a critical component that ties everything else together in the building,” she said.

Beech said he believes if the proposed pool is installed, it could be the first of its kind.

“There is no better configuration for a healing center that brings together Western medicine, traditional healing, primary care, social care, mental health and aquatic exercise prevention in one building,” Beech said.

“It will be unique in BC and possibly nationally and perhaps in the Americas.”

In his notice of motion request, Beech said he will present this idea to the board at the board's regular meeting on Feb. 14.