Volunteers from Mowi, brought their mobile BBQ unit to prepare lunch boxes which were delivered to seniors in Sayward. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island community organizes luncheon for seniors to beat COVID-19 blues

Sayward Community Recreation Association and Mowi teamed up to deliver lunch boxes to senior citizens in Sayward

It started Friday morning, 9 a.m.

More than 65 seniors in Sayward received a special lunch box delivered at their doorstep by volunteers from the community.

The seniors luncheon was arranged by the Sayward Community Recreation Association-Heritage Hall (SCRA ) and the aquaculture company, Mowi on July 31 to beat COVID-19 blues.

Lunch was prepared, packed and delivered by Mowi to volunteers in Sayward who then distributed the food to the seniors. The lunch-box menu consisted of barbecue salmon with salad and rice noodles, a homemade bun and cookies.

Ann Vansnick, the president of SCRA who organized the event – which was supposed to have been a sit-down lunch during spring – said it had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Instead, with physical distancing measures being more important while organizing events for high-risk groups like seniors, they decided to deliver.

Mowi had already agreed to deliver the salmon for the lunch, but then stepped up and offered to bring up their mobile barbecue to prepare it as well, said Vansnick

“The older people always look forward to seeing their friends at the event. Since most of them don’t live close to each other, they don’t always get to see other people,” said Vansnick about how the social event is uplifting for the seniors.

In Sayward, the tradition of has been ongoing for many years and was originally started as a Christmas dinner event for seniors by Joyce Dustins. After her death, the SCRA decided to start a spring lunch event last year in her honour, said Vansnick.

ALSO IN NEWS: Mining and exploration industries donate $100K to B.C. food banks

Fish FarmsSaywardSeniors

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Devil’s Hand Poker Run in Campbell River to face RCMP scrutiny

The Campbell River RCMP will be keeping a close eye on the… Continue reading

One injured in accident on Brewster lake and Highway 28 intersection

The accident is the third one this week on the Highway 28 route that connects Campbell River and Gold River

SLIDESHOW: Campbell River’s Summerside Express camp founder celebrates last day before retirement

Mark Lerner started the camp for special needs children 34 years ago

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Too much put on shoulders of RCMP suggests MLA

Reformed Police Act could look at spreading responsibility to other responders

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Taunts, jackhammer centre of Campbell River dispute between neighbours

Provincial court judge orders man to pay more than $16,000 in damages

Most Read