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Berwick’s house rules: Be safe, be kind, and rock out!

Local retirement community gets creative during COVID-19
Berwick Qualicum Beach has been hosting balcony dance parties during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are lots of opportunities to stay engaged and connected.

You’re never too old for rock and roll.

COVID-19 forced us all to practice physical distancing, and this time has been particularly isolating for at-risk populations. But that hasn’t stopped the residents of Berwick Qualicum Beach from having fun.

It started with balcony dance parties: staff blasted music from the courtyard and residents busted moves on their suite balconies. Then it got competitive, with Berwick communities sharing dance videos across Vancouver Island and over to Kamloops. Now there’s a KISS music video, and it’s already collected 25,000 views.

Engaging activities

Music videos are just the beginning of Berwick Qualicum Beach’s creative opportunities to engage.

“We’ve done so many amazing things during COVID,” says Berwick’s Krysta Robins.

Many residents have taken advantage of the extra time to tackle their memoirs, and Berwick’s writing group offers mutual motivation. Keep an eye on the print version of the PQB News for a poem written by a Berwick resident.

“We have colouring and arts classes as well. There are lots of ways for residents to get creative,” Robins says.

Physical activities have continued as well, with extra classes added so residents can keep a safe distance while working out. Ball drumming is a popular class, where it’s easy to stay active while also practicing your rhythm.

“Keep an eye out in downtown Qualicum,” Robins says. “We have plans for a physically distanced flash mob of ball drumming soon!”

Connecting families

The way we stay connected with family and friends has changed, and Berwick has offered technology support programs to teach residents new skills to stay connected with FaceTime and Zoom.

“Technologically, I’ve improved my skills, with the help of Berwick’s ongoing Apple support course. One of the wonderful things I’ve done is meet with my children every Sunday on Zoom, and we all cook together and have a one hour visit,” says Margaret Brewin, a resident of Berwick Qualicum Beach. “I find that my relationships have actually thrived thanks to Covid-19.”

Berwick Qualicum Beach is a retirement community that provides meals, housekeeping and engaging programs for Independent Living and Enhanced Living Services. Studio, one bedroom and two bedroom suites are still available. Contact Krysta Robins for more information or to make an appointment for a tour by calling 250-738-6200 or emailing And don’t forget to follow Berwick Qualicum Beach on Facebook and Instagram so you never miss another rock video!

Fitness classes, music videos, writing groups… there are lots of opportunities to get involved at Berwick Qualicum Beach.