For the past few months, our community initiatives focused on what we can do, help with, or give to lend our support and build our community. It is too often forgotten that sometimes, the best thing you can give is a genuine human connection.
While most of us are consumed by the busy ins and outs of everyday life, we need not worry much about the prospect of aging. However, for many Calgarians, it is a very real, sometimes scary, and even lonely experience, especially for those in long-term assisted living facilities. In many cases, they have lost their significant others, live far away from their families, and receive few visitors from outside of the facility.
The Brenda Strafford Foundation is an organization dedicated to the preservation of dignity and the pursuit of happiness for these citizens. They own and operate four long-term care and assisted living seniors care facilities in Calgary and Okotoks, with a new facility announced in 2017 to be built in Calgary’s university district. Bow View Manor is one of those facilities, and this January, Westcor will be donating their time to provide its residents an afternoon of they won’t soon forget.
Continuing on with our mission to build a better community, we decided to spend some time with Calgary’s senior community. This month, we will join the residents of Bow View Manor for tea and snacks, games, karaoke, and perhaps most importantly, conversation. For many senior residents, engaging on a human level is one of the best things they can do to maintain their mental and physical well-being.
For more information on the Brenda Strafford Foundation, Bow View Manor, or, to learn how you can volunteer yourself, visit www.bowviewmanor.ca or email Bradley Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
December Initiative Re-Cap
This past month, our team focused on helping those in need make some special memories by volunteering at the Calgary Drop-In Centre. It was our hope that this small gesture could possibly yield some big results, and we’re pleased to report, it did.
We had 20 team members – 15 from Westcor and 5 from Caon Mechanical Services – volunteer their time and help to sort through donated clothes to go to those in need. It was a humbling and rewarding experience which left us all with a deeper understanding of the volume of donations received and what that means in terms of the amount of help needed on a daily basis.
A sincere thank you to all those who came out to help and thank you to the Drop-In Centre for having us!