Plus de deux douzaines de personnes ont manifesté leur soutien au foyer de soins Langley Lodge mercredi après-midi, le 3 juin.
Patricia White, who lives in the same area of Langley City as the care home for the elderly, said that the event, held in the parking lot of the Lodge, was organized by a group of people from a Facebook page online to spark the minds of facility staff and residents, the site of the worst COVID-19 outbreak to date in British Columbia
“Langley Lodge is going through a difficult time, and it is important to let them know that we are all thinking of them and that we are there for them,” said White to the Langley Advance Time.
White praised the local No Frills store for donating fruit and bottled water to the Lodge staff.
She hopes there will be more expressions of support in the future.
“We want to inspire others to do the same in their communities,” said White.
“It’s good to be sad, it’s good to be upset about what’s going on, but at the end of the day, we all live it together. “
Most of the participants were wearing masks, and Kim Snow of Kimz Angels, the nonprofit organization that helps the homeless, arrived masked, gloved, and dressed in a suit of hazardous materials.
“We love you,” Snow shouted, waving people at the windows, waving her at him.
Health care worker Angela Hay, a Murrayville resident, arrived with a double-sided sign of support with encouraging messages from both sides.
“My neighbor’s mother is here and I understand how stressful it can be,” said Hay.
Steve Elliot, better known as the “Elvis Elite” tribute performer, drove his pink Chilliwack Cadillac to perform in the parking lot.
Elliot, who is also a painter, presented a portrait of a masked health worker at the Lodge.
Deborah Silvester, Chair of the Langley Lodge Board of Directors, also said that expressions of support and appreciation are welcome at the Lodge.
“It makes a difference,” said Silvester.
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Langley city councilor Rudy Storteboom said it was important to let the Lodge know “that our hearts and minds stay with them”.
Earlier in the week, Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m., the postal workers organized a demonstration of support while driving, slowly crossing the parking lot with their horns. More than 20 vehicles participated.
Langley’s not-for-profit nursing home has reported 23 deaths from the virus since the epidemic began on April 28 – the highest number of deaths in a nursing home in British Columbia. since the declaration of the pandemic in early March.
Fraser’s health authority has appointed its own director of pandemic response to oversee the response to COVID-19 at Langley Lodge.
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