Family & Friends Update — June 17, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Welcome to our bi-weekly newsletter. This letter includes important information about Father’s Day, a story about generous neighbours in Saanich, and information about a physically ambitious fundraiser for Beckley Farm Lodge!

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21, and we want to assure you that we are going to celebrate! We have special events and meals planned to help everyone feel the joy and love of this special day – and there might even be a bit of beer-n-cheer! If you’d like to send a message to the special guy in your life, please use the form on our Keep Connected page, and be sure to have it submitted no later than this Thursday, June 18, so we can be sure it’s delivered right on time.

Under the direction of the Medical Health Officer, we will welcome a gift or card, for Father’s Day weekend only (Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21, between 10 am and 3pm). Cards and letters sent via Canada Post, or messages through our Keep Connected page, will also brighten your loved one’s day.

Please note that at this time our Provincial Health Officer has not lifted visitor restrictions. We understand how important it is to have in-person visits, and we are advocating for, and preparing for, the time when we are able to welcome family members back into our Care Homes. In the meantime, please use the Keep Connected page to arrange a video call, or contact your Care Home to arrange a window visit.

Got gardens?

We are so grateful to have received a donation of 50 flats of plants from Growing Together’s ‘Seedlings for Saanich Seniors’ program, which have been distributed to all our Care Homes. Thanks to a generous, anonymous donor, a wide variety of plant starts from cabbage and sugar snap peas to green onions and sunflowers have been made available to seniors in Saanich!

Gardening is a wonderful way for seniors to engage muscles, enjoy each other’s company in the out-of-doors, and feel a sense of purpose in helping to grow food! Over the years, we’ve enjoyed the ‘fruits’ of their labours, as in the rhubarb and ice cream social recently held at Veterans Memorial Lodge. Residents grew and harvested the rhubarb, which was then stewed and served over ice cream. What a treat!

Running for long term care

One woman. Five marathons. In five days. To raise $5,000.

To say we’re amazed by Tracy Marshall’s offer to run five marathons in five days to raise $5,000 for the seniors who live at Beckley Farm Lodge would be an understatement. We’re blown away!

Tracy’s mom, Carol, lived at Beckley Farm Lodge until she passed away in March of this year. The care and compassion that was shown her mother during her time there inspired Tracy to want to honour the staff at Beckley Farm Lodge, and honour her mother’s memory. “I really want to show my gratitude and do something to help. It will be a challenge for sure, but I think it is totally doable!” said Tracy.

From Thursday, June 18 to Monday, June 22, Tracy will run the 42.4 km GoodLife Fitness Marathon route, and finish the last of her five runs at Beckley Farm Lodge. With the support of family and friends, she has already raised $2,134.58 of her $5,000 goal!

You can learn more and help Tracy meet her goal by supporting her efforts through

Thank you, Tracy, for your generous ‘heart and sole’ that support the seniors who live at Beckley Farm Lodge. We are so grateful for you.

Thank you, families and friends, for your own efforts and unwavering support as we work together to keep your loved ones and our staff safe from the coronavirus.

Our next update will be June 30, 2020.