One of the stated values of the Good Samaritan Society, the makers of Christenson Village, is a hospitable environment. The new facility in Gibsons achieves that objective in spades.
Although it's hardly surprising the new home physically outshines the Kiwanis Village Care Home, the two residences have something important in common - caring, competent and considerate staffs. The evidence is everywhere. The residents are called by name, they're hugged, fussed over and treated like the important members of society they are.
Bruce Dux is a great example of the calibre of caregiver at the home. He gets so excited about the different programs he plans to offer the folks at Christenson Village, we're reminded of a kid at Christmas opening a cherished gift.
Dux has plans to use his computer knowledge to help the residents with documentary storytelling, a beautiful way to record their memories and history for future generations. He envisions a weekly radio broadcast over the Internet. He welcomes the opportunity to work with people wanting to volunteer at Christenson Village. Call 604-886-8747 if you're interested. Dux will have you sharing his enthusiasm in no time.
For those of us anticipating a future at Christenson Village, there can no better news. We welcome this wonderful facility with open arms.
B.C. Ferries acted properlyMore delays and more problems with B.C. Ferries this week - we know it's a tired old story for travellers on the Sunshine Coast. On Wednesday morning, ferry crews noticed an oil sheen in the water in Horseshoe Bay. They acted right away and began their investigation. Thinking it was coming from one of the engines on the Queen of Coquitlam, they shut one engine down and crossed to Langdale on the one remaining engine. In the end, it was determined nothing was wrong with the Coquitlam. Two sailings were cancelled, there were delays and passengers were inconvenienced.The delays aside, B.C. Ferries acted responsibly. Imagine what could have happened ferry crews ignore the oil and don't investigate, it turns out to be a problem with the engine and it blows up half way to Langdale. Or there could have been serious environmental impacts had there been a major oil leak.
Cancelled sailings and a few hours lost at the terminal are an easy sacrifice to make considering the incident could have been much worse.