On November 27th, the beautiful evergreen tree at the centre of the circular driveway on the Campus of Care was lit up for the Christmas season. The public was invited to join in the Christmas Tree Lighting celebrations and a crowd of supporters joined us, braving the cold, windy weather to watch the lights come on.
The Campus of Care is home to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Holmberg House Hospice for Adults, and Matthew’s House, a home for youth aged 16-24 who live with complex care needs. The tree lighting was an opportunity for the community to come together, enjoy a festive atmosphere and learn more about the services provided by each organization.
Karyn Santiago, Chief Executive Officer of Communitas, the organization that facilitates Matthew’s House, emphasized the importance of community.
“The Dave Lede Campus of Care showcases the work that community can do when we partner together. To that end, we wanted the Lighting of the Campus to be a celebration of community and a celebration of the significant support that is provided through each of the partners.”– Karyn Santiago, CEO Communitas
Margaret McNeil, the Chief Executive Officer for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, said the event was a way of saying thank you to the generous community of Abbotsford who support all three organizations in various ways.
“The tree lighting symbolizes the importance of the community that surrounds the care provided to children and families,” she said. “Dave Lede House – Canuck Place celebrates the holiday season with our Campus of Care partners and our generous community in Abbotsford.”
Along with the lighting of the tree, there were greetings from the executive directors of each organization as well as Mayor Henry Braun and MP Ed Fast. Hot chocolate was provided and afterwards, each house hosted a reception for their invited guests.
Ron Kuehl, the Executive Director for Abbotsford Hospice, which facilitates Holmberg House, hoped that all who attended were encouraged by the event.
“We hope that the lighting of our Campus of Care will serve as an inspiration to our Abbotsford community this Christmas season reminding us all of joy, hope and peace we can all share with one another.”