While COVID has added obstacles and challenges to our lives, the resilience of the Parksville-Qualicum community has helped make facing them easier.
Residents and businesses have demonstrated that even during the most difficult times, the support of one another can bring us together – while physically distanced of course!
“While COVID has impacted our ability to fundraise, we’re grateful for all the generous residents who have worked so hard to support us,” explains Jocelyne Asselin, Community Relations Manager with The Gardens at Qualicum Beach.
Offering both independent and assisted living from the heart of Qualicum, the premier residence welcomes seniors from all walks of life, bringing residents and staff together as extended family. Providing personalized residential care and support, within a loving environment, their commitment to community is evident from collaborations with vital community organizations like Oceanside Hospice Society.
While the Gardens engages their family and friends in fundraising, in return The Oceanside Hospice offers support and outreach for residents.
“It’s a really lovely relationship that we’ve built. The fundraising efforts of The Gardens helps us maintain our services, while also allowing us to offer them to residents ensuring no one ever feels alone,” notes the Society’s Fund Development Co-ordinator Shianne Carswell.
The Hospice Society is a non-profit charity providing end-of-life care for individuals and families. The cornerstone of their care is providing patient comfort and encouraging a healthy quality of life during final months, as well as counselling and support for loved ones.
Sharing the spirit of giving
In the spirit of giving, The Gardens at Qualicum Beach is donating $5,000 to Oceanside Hospice Society.
With COVID putting limits on fundraising activities, residents got creative this year, hosting craft fairs throughout November and December with the sales supporting the society.
In particular, The Gardens’ knitting group deserves some special recognition – sales of their beautifully crafted pieces managed to generate almost $1,000.
“The involvement we have seen from everybody has really touched me. We’re here as a big family, and while COVID has limited the communities direct involvement, we’re still all in this together,” Asselin notes.
While The Gardens at Qualicum Beach have fundraised on behalf of Oceanside Hospice Society, community support is always welcome! You too can support a great initiative during this difficult time. Carry on the tradition of giving and donate today!