From all of us at KinVillage – Thank You!

KinVillage has for over 40 years provided a range of housing, health and wellness programs for older adults in South Delta.  The past 9 months, delivering its mission – supporting older adults to live their lives fully, while nurturing a sense of community, has been seriously challenged by the global coronavirus pandemic.

The threat of COVID-19 necessarily narrowed our focus to safety – implementing preventative public health measures that often, unfortunately, had a major impact on social connections of our clients – with each other and, for our residents, with their families and friends.  We closed our Community Centre and Day Program for Older Adults, strictly limited visits with Care Home and Assisted Living residents, and asked our over 250 active volunteers to stay home.

Thankfully, in a rather gloomy year, there have been “silver linings” – the understanding, patience and resilience of the older adults we’re honoured to serve and their families, our staff’s courage, compassion, and dedication, and the recognition and encouragement of the South Delta community.   You extended many kind gestures that showed you care about seniors.

Last spring, each evening we heard the cheering, and we received much needed practical gifts such as masks, face shields, and sanitizer from individuals and local businesses.  As the weeks progressed, our staff so appreciated your considerate messages and the flowers, gift cards, and meals.  December brought a remarkable outpouring of thoughtfulness for KinVillage residents– cards and gifts from local schools, churches, employees from the City and Amazon, and other kind souls.  Our call for outdoor decorations was answered; with community offerings our staff created brilliant displays that our Care Home residents, and staff, admired all month.  The police and fire departments paraded in our parking lots.  These examples reflect the understanding and compassion of you, our community.

I am so proud of how well KinVillage has responded to the pandemic.  40 years of service, adapting to changing needs, challenges and opportunities, positioned KinVillage for this time and will help us in the months ahead, as we gradually return to “normal”.  We will then re-focus on our future expansion plans and, what I most look forward to in 2021, open our doors again to our South Delta community.

On behalf of all of us at KinVillage, thank you for showing you care about the seniors at KinVillage.  You lifted spirits – of those who live and work here.

 

Donna Ellis

CEO, KinVillage

 

 

Delta Foundation Helps Out! Again!

KinVillage called on the Delta Foundation and, once again, this June, it supported KinVillage’s work in the community through a grant.  Over the past 5 years, each time that KinVillage asked, the Foundation Board approved its request and generously provided a total of almost $25,000.  KinVillage is grateful for the Foundation’s support through these grants, which it has put to good use:

  • Assisted Living residents are enjoying cool beverages this summer with the recent addition of an ice machine.
  • Many residents in Long-term Residential Care and Assisted Living have benefitted from the Java Cart Music Therapy program.
  • Long-term care residents in West Court are able to enjoy movies and music programs on a large flat screen TV that was installed when their lounge was renovated.
  • Members of the KinVillage Community Centre and other local residents can continue to appreciate the nutritious, delicious and affordable meals, beverages and snacks prepared by Chef Adrian in his kitchen and served at the Buenos Dias Café.
  • Residents, including those who depend on wheelchairs and other mobility devices, can continue to experience outings into the community – everything from leisure drives to places like Rifles Bird Sanctuary and local beaches, lunch outings, and practical trips for shopping or to attend church services. These are both pleasurable and practical – helping to maintain independence and community connections.

As a Registered Charity, KinVillage does gratefully accept donations directly.  And it values the contributions of its volunteers who help raise funds through its annual book sale and grand lottery (not to mention giving generously of their time and talents in so many other ways!).   It also admires and appreciates the opportunities that the Delta Foundation, our local community foundation, provides to community members to generously donate as well as the commitment and stewardship of the Foundation’s volunteer Board of Directors.  KinVillage, on behalf of the seniors it serves, is grateful to be a beneficiary of the Foundation’s efforts and commitment to have a lasting and positive impact on the community of Delta.

Tom Siba (KinVillage member), Donna Ellis (CEO), Carol Howard (Director of Housing), Eleanor Calderwood (Delta Foundation)

Tom Siba (KinVillage member), Donna Ellis (CEO), Carol Howard (Director of Housing), Eleanor Calderwood (Delta Foundation)