Construction of the Lodge began in 1963. The building was accepted from the contractor on March 17, 1964 with the official opening celebration being held July 20, 1964. The Lodge was named after the Honourable Reverend Peter Dawson who was the sixth Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1937 to 1963.
Reverend Peter Dawson was born in Scotland and came to Canada when he was nineteen years old. He first settled in Edmonton where he decided to become a minister. He graduated from St. Stevens College in Edmonton in 1928 and came to the Vulcan area in 1930. Reverend Dawson was elected to the Alberta Legislature in 1935 as a Social Credit member and became Speaker of the House in 1937. He held this position for twenty-six years, the longest service in the position in British Commonwealth history.
In 1960, after 30 years as an ordained clergyman in the United Church, Dawson retired from active ministry. In June of that year, the Dawson’s moved to Vulcan. In 1964, Vulcan’s new Senior Citizens Centre was named Peter Dawson Lodge in his memory.
Peter Dawson Lodge
The Peter Dawson Lodge is a Senior Citizen’s housing community in Vulcan. We have 54 people that live with us in our Lodge plus we have 30 Seniors Self-Contained apartments the county of Vulcan. Everyone is to be over the age of 65 and must be fairly independent. The Lodge offers 24 hour security, meals, housekeeping and entertainment. We are continually upgrading our lodge for health and safety reasons as well as for aesthetics and offers residents a very wonderful independent environment to live in.