Berwick Parksville isn’t holding back for their first holiday in the new building! They proudly participated in the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Holiday Light Up with a dazzling display of holiday lights and window decorations.

Berwick Parksville isn’t holding back for their first holiday in the new building! They proudly participated in the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Holiday Light Up with a dazzling display of holiday lights and window decorations.

Indoors and out in the community, Berwick sparkles with the spirit of the season!

Visit the retirement community to donate a gift to their Angel Tree and take in the lights

It’s been a year of firsts for Berwick Parksville — the first residents moving in, first drink served in Tweeds Coffee, first adventure on the Berwick Bus. Now residents and staff are decking the halls for their first Christmas, and they’re kicking it off by giving back.

“We pulled out all of our festive decorations at the end of November, and set aside a special tree for the SOS Angel Tree,” says Corinna Ludovici, Community Relations Manager for Berwick Parksville.

The Society of Organized Services (SOS) Angel Tree program helps stock the SOS Toy Shop, supporting the area’s low income families. Participating local businesses put up a tree decorated with SOS angels, noting the age and sex of school-aged chilren so a purchased gift can be placed back under the tree for that hopeful child.

“We encourage residents, staff and visitors to find our tree, select an angel, purchase a suggested gift and return it on or before Dec. 14,” Ludovici says.

Remember to attach the angel to your unwrapped gift, and Berwick Parksville will deliver it to SOS for distribution this Christmas.

Berwick Parksville also proudly participated in the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Holiday Light Up, adding a dazzling display of holiday lights and window decorations to their stunning front entrance.

The SOS Angel Tree at Berwick Parksville. Residents, staff and visitors are encouraged to select an ‘angel’ from the tree, purchase a suggested gift and return it on or before Dec. 14.

The SOS Angel Tree at Berwick Parksville. Residents, staff and visitors are encouraged to select an ‘angel’ from the tree, purchase a suggested gift and return it on or before Dec. 14.

Holiday cheer done right!

Giving back to the local community is a big part of getting into the Christmas spirit at Berwick Parksville, but there will be plenty of festivities inside the Berwick Parksville community too.

  • Elevated dining experiences: Berwick Parksville’s hospitality team and executive chef regularly host special meals around a theme (the Western theme was a big hit), and right now they’re deep in preparations for a holiday gala dinner that pulls out all the stops. Residents will be encouraged to dress to impress at the White and Gold Gala, a pianist will accompany revellers, and the multi-course meal is sure to be memorable! “Our Knight & Castle Pub will host its own special events for the season — including a holiday beer tasting led by our maintenance manager Dylan,” Ludovici says.
  • Christmas crafts and competitions: Some residents have already started work on holiday table centrepieces, and later this month there will be tree decorating and a gingerbread house competition in Tweeds Coffee.
  • Rooftop happy hour: Berwick’s hospitality and active living teams are organizing a number of gatherings in the stunning Topside Lounge. Residents will sip hot chocolate, eggnog and festive cocktails while taking in the twinkling lights and ocean views. “We have had many toasts in our Topside Lounge — it’s always a lovely atmosphere, and a fabulous place to meet new friends,” Ludovici says.
  • Carol singing: The Berwick Parksville theatre was recently ringing with the sounds of the Qualicum Village Voices Choir, which took to the stage for a delightful performance. Berwick residents will also be making merry, singing carols next to the piano in the lounge.

To discover more about this all-inclusive, stress-free community, residents’ suites and upcoming information sessions, register at berwickparksville.com or contact Corinna Ludovici at berwickparksville@berwickrc.com. Call 250-468-6200 to arrange your visit.

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