Heron’s Landing Hotel Manager Janet Johnson (right) presents a $2500 cheque to Campbell River Beacon Club Administrator Robyn Ellsworth (left) and Peer Support Worker Cecilia Tiedemann (standing).

Great year makes great summer for Beacon Club

The donation was made at an opportune time for the Campbell River club

It’s great to be number one.

Heron’s Landing Hotel was voted number one out of Campbell River’s hotels by the users of tripadvsior.ca for 2012 and 2013. And to celebrate they are giving back to their community by making a $2,500 donation the Campbell River Beacon Club.

“The staff have done a great job during this last year,” said owner Lucas Stiefvater. “We have been consistently the number one hotel in Campbell River on the trip advisor program. This is a major achievement. To acknowledge this accomplishment Heron’s Landing pledged to do a donation of $2500 on their behalf to the Beacon Club.”

The donation was made at an opportune time for the club.

“This will help make for a great summer for the members,” said Club Administrator Robyn Ellsworth. ”We are so thankful for this amazing gift.”

For the past 20 years the Beacon Club has offered a safe, welcoming place for adults with mental illnesses to be with their peers. They participate in a variety of activities to help them improve their mental and physical health and become participating members of society.

The club offers weekly Mindfulness, Effective Communication, Clay Studio and jam sessions. The members do educational workshops together, such as First Aid. They keep fit with the Walking Club, Wii, chair yoga, fishing, bowling, and horseback riding. They enjoy seasonal celebrations, Beach Days, concerts, in house movie matinees, bingo and board game/pool/crib/air hockey/shuffleboard/ping pong tournaments. Members work with staff and volunteers to prepare lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Friday dinners. There is no charge for lunch and dinner is $2.

“Many of our members are on a very limited income, so these meals are very important to them,” said Ellsworth. “Not only for the nutritional value but also the fellowship they share with their fellow members. Loneliness and isolation is detrimental to people with mental illnesses.”