Mike Hoefer is the Regional Director of Capital Planning and Support Services for Northern Health, and says the society assumed ownership of the facility as of February 27, 2015.
The loser in the bidding process was the Northern Lights Recovery Centre Society, and chair Bruce Lantz has issued a written statement saying the Northern Health decision was a real blow.
However, when asked about it, Mr. Hoefer was reluctant to say much about the bidding process.
“All I can tell you is that there was a two stage process of evaluation for proponents to bid on the facility, and that two stage process culminated in submissions by two proponents, and Bruce Lantz’s group – the Northern Lights Group – was one of the proponents,” Hoefer went on to say. “But the North Wind Healing Society won that evaluation process.”
In his statement, Mr. Lantz confirmed his board has decided to dissolve his society, and he left little doubt he views the lack of federal and provincial government support as a significant contributing factor.
He has publicly thanked both Shell Canada and the Vancouver-based Robert L. Conconi Foundation for their financial support, and also the Peace River Regional District for a $400,000 capital funds promise.
He said funds will be returned to the Conconi Foundation, and any remaining cash will be offered to the Northern Lights College Foundation for a bursary to a student pursuing a career in addictions treatment.
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