Each Christmas, Glacier View Lodge illuminates a tower of lights to shine over the Comox Valley. The lights are a visual representation of the respect and remembrance of the many people whose lives have been touched by the services at the Lodge.
âWe look forward to expanding our light show this season,â said Liz Friis, director of lifestyle and community programs for residents, in a press release. âOn December 3rd, when the lights are on, we invite you to think about the people in your life who have contributed to our amazing community and consider making a donation in their honor or memory to the Lodge’s Legacy of Light Fund. “
The âLegacy of Lightâ fund (formerly Book of Lights) enables Glacier View Lodge to carry out a project that will provide a legacy of comfort to current and future residents of the lodge.
âWe thank Soroptimist International de Courtenay for supporting this initiative over the past 35 years,â said Friis.
Over the past three years, funds from the Legacy of Light campaign have been directed to an interior remodeling project. The Lodge is now working with a company that specializes in designing for people with dementia. The goal is to enhance the beauty of the common areas, make them easier to navigate, and create a goal for some of the Lodge’s smaller gathering areas.
Building on this project, the plan is to dedicate this year’s campaign funds to begin replacing the curtains in residents’ rooms. New curtains must meet healthcare standards and support GVL’s goal of creating a home-like environment. This is a $ 100,000 project.
Dedicated to Bronco Moncrief
The lodge is dedicating this year’s exhibit to a special man, Bronco Moncrief, 94, who has dedicated his life to finding ways to improve the lives of his community of Cumberland and the entire Comox Valley. For over 30 years he has been involved at all levels of local government – as alderman, then mayor of Cumberland. He has served on the Board of Directors of Cumberland Hospital, the Economic Development Board and was President of the Comox Valley Regional District. Following a stroke in 2013, he realized it was time for him and his wife Kay to move into a care home.
âMiracle of miracles, two rooms, even in the same wing, became available at Glacier View Lodge on the same day,â said her daughter, Julie Smith. âDad loves his room, which has a breathtaking view of the precious mountains where he hunted, fished and chopped wood.
Smith is grateful for the care Bronco receives.
âThe caregivers know how to help him while respecting the dignity of dad.
Bronco and his family appreciate the hard work of everyone at the lodge, from orderlies to nurses, housekeepers, bathroom crews, restorative care and activity helpers, catering workers, attendants to maintenance of the plant and the management team. Bronco knows he lives in a wonderful place.
âGlacier View Lodge is truly her home,â Julie said.
The community is invited to support the Legacy of Light fund with a $ 20 purchase of one or more lights in memory or in honor of a loved one. To donate, see the Canada Helps link in the donation section of Lodge’s website at www.glacierviewlodge.ca
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