September 25, 2015
This summer, KinVillage celebrated. We celebrated because we have provided a vital service for 35 years in South Delta. We also celebrated because we paid off our first mortgage. These are major milestones in our history that we are proud to have achieved. As we organized our commemoration of these milestones, we really wanted our focus to be about the community that makes it all possible.
Looking back on the evolution of KinVillage, and the many people who have contributed to creating this diverse environment, one is struck by how important community is.
From the time that the local Kinsmen initiated a project for retired seniors, South Deltans and our government partners have supported the growing need to provide a hub for affordable health, housing and wellness services for older adults. We have developed a multi-faceted, caring community for residents, volunteers and staff alike. And this extends to the larger population of older adults in our neighbourhood!
At our celebratory event in July, we heard from people who represent KinVillage’s cornerstones: A long-time resident who, along with her husband, have enjoyed living in the Assisted Living residence and now benefit from the increased services of our Care Home, a member of the Community Centre who described the benefits of having a dedicated social hub for South Delta’s older adults and a volunteer who spoke about the importance of volunteers to KinVillage and how being a volunteer is so mutually beneficial.
Their stories, along with the others from CEO, Donna Ellis and Board of Directors Chair and the event’s MC, Kerry Bentley, made it abundantly clear that this place – KinVillage – is very special because of the community of people who make it what it is.
We thank the ever-supportive MLA Vicky Huntington, all families, residents, clients, members, staff and volunteers who attended. It was a wonderful celebration; filled with laughter, music and magic.