Union-backed, high-tech center to use robotics, computer simulation in treatments
A NEW REHABILITATION facility that features some of the latest technology is being funded in part by a $500,000 gift from Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta). Known as the Building Trades of Alberta Courage Center, the facility is part of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.
Unions in the province raised a total of $2.5 million for the new, $4-million facility, which is expected to open this fall. Joining Local 146 with their own donations of $500,000 each were the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 488 and the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers. The Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation donated another $1 million, with money being raised at construction sites through lottery ticket sales.
The Courage Center will use robotics, virtual-reality simulation, and other advanced technology to assist patients in overcoming debilitating accidents and injuries.
Local 146 BM-ST Warren Fraleigh said, “The unions chose this project because of their close ties with the facility and the benefit the new rehab center will bring, not just to the community, but to many of our own members. You never know when a tragedy will strike close to home. Many of our members have used the Glenrose facilities in the past.”
Fraleigh added that Local 146’s gift also secured legacy naming rights to the simulation area within the center, which will be called the “Boilermakers Local 146 Virtual Reality Zone.”
Joe Maloney, IVP for Western Canada, hailed the donation as “another example of how the Boilermakers in Local 146 care about the greater community.” He added, “This generous donation will be assisting people in their time of need for many years to come, and we are all very proud. Hats off to 146.”