Local students show their love for the residents at Sunnycrest on Valentine’s Day

Four students pose with a female resident, taking a break from making valentine'sIt didn’t take long for Sunnycrest’s Director of Life Enrichment, Emily Viray, and Life Enrichment Coordinator, Chantal Cullum, to come up with a brilliant way to show their residents some love this past Valentine’s Day.

“We were just talking one day about what we could do to make this Valentine’s Day extra special for the residents,” explained Viray. “And because intergenerational programs are so special for everyone involved, the answer came to us pretty quickly!”

That answer was to make sure that all of the residents at Sunnycrest received a special Valentine this year.

Residents Ben and Marion smile holding the valentine's they receivedSo, on February 9, the home welcomed a number of local grade 1 students from John Dryden Public School, who spent time in the home doing arts and crafts and creating special “love bug” valentines for some of the residents.

Wanting to make sure that every single resident felt especially loved, Viray and Cullum reached out to another local school, St. John Bosco Catholic School, and enlisted their help to top up the number of valentines they had.

Cullum spoke directly to Amber and Raisa, two grade 8 students who were eager to help. 

“They loved the idea and couldn’t wait to help,” said Cullum. “They just wanted to do something nice to make the residents happy and feel loved on a special day.”

Grade 8 students Amber and Raisa hold up a bunch of valentine's to be delivered to residentsBy Valentine’s Day, more than 175 cards were handmade with love and delivered to each resident at Sunnycrest.

“They were a huge hit,” said Viray. “Our residents were so appreciative at the thoughtfulness of the students and have been displaying their valentines proudly.”

In photos (top to bottom): Tina Earle poses with a number of grade 1 students from John Dryden Public School. Ben Locke and Marion Strong show off the Valentine’s Day cards they received. Amber and Raisa hold up some of the cards they delivered to Sunnycrest.