On July 1, 2020, we officially took over our Centre Street Church west campus building and land, which we are calling Wing Kei Village. Our vision is to build an intergenerational community for seniors, families, and children.
June 1 to June 7 marked Seniors Week in Alberta. On Friday, a fire truck stopped outside Wing Kei to acknowledge our wonderful residents and thank the staff for their ongoing work. And we received wonderful surprise! Along with the fire truck, Minister Josephine Pon came by and cheered for residents and staff. We had a little dance party on the sidewalk, much to the amusement of residents who were watching through the windows.
We were pleased to host Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health, and Leah Lechelt, Executive Director, Christian Health Association of Alberta, on May 29 when they created a video outside of Wing Kei. The video outlines the scope of the additional provincial funding for continuing care and supportive living centres to manage the extra costs associated with the pandemic.
Window visits are going very well. Thank you for your cooperation with scheduling visits with your loved ones. It has certainly brought them joy! We had a particularly wonderful window visit when the granddaughter of one of our residents came on her wedding day and danced with her groom so her grandfather could see and be part of the celebrations. It was a beautiful and blessed moment.
Honourable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing, visited Wing Kei when Winnie Chan, President, Taste of Asia Inc. donated 3000 face masks to us. Gary Mar, family member and long-time supporter of Wing Kei, joined in the event.
On May 12, 2020, the residents at Greenview Supportive Living enjoyed a curbside Chinese Opera Performance by volunteer Kristy Lee. Dressed in a beautiful and vibrant traditional blue costume, Kristy danced to the song 窺醉 from the Chinese Opera 蝶影紅梨記. In English it is called The Butterfly and the Red Pear Blossom.
On February 21, Honourable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing, met and sang with seniors at Greenview!! Minister Pon shared her fond memories of visiting Wing Kei last year during the Senior Week, and brought New Year greetings, red packets and cakes to share with seniors. Joys of laughter and singing filled the hall of Wing Kei.
With lion dance and joyful Chinese New Year music, all residents dressed up smartly to participate in their New Year banquets in the Wing Kei community. Lots of family members and friends were also in the midst to enjoy this home cooked 10 course dinner prepared through the warm hearts and skills of our Food Services team. At the Crescent Heights banquet on February 1 we have served over 200 residents and guests, while at Greenview on February 8 we have served over 300 residents and guests.