Good News During COVID-19
Mrs. Elsie Lum & Mrs. Anna Leung are reaching their 100th birthday this month. Although there were no big celebration parties due to COVID-19, family members are still visiting them separately one by one to show their love. The Management Office at Yee Hong Garden Terrace also delivered flower bouquets, together with Birthday Greetings from the Queen and the Governor General, to them on their birthdays.
Elsie is still living independently and sometime cooks for herself while Anna is often taken care by different family members. Both seniors are still in good health and living happily in their homes at YHGT.
Yee Hong Community and Professional Services delivered Wellness and Appreciation Baskets with fruits and health-related information to over 200 older adults, caregivers and volunteers in the community at the end of August. Thanks to staff and volunteers of Caregiver Education & Support Services, Community Support Services, Home Support Services and Volunteer Development!
We were able to reach out to the older adults living in Markham, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, as well as downtown Toronto. The older adults were happy to see the visitors while respecting physical distancing measures. The team will continue to address the needs of older adults in the community by developing new programs and services.
2020 is Yee Hong Garden Terrace’s 15th anniversary. YHGT arranged a safe and fun celebration despite the pandemic.
Each unit received a gift bag including an access card holder and two cloth masks with YHGT’s logo. In addition, the Management Office arranged a simple but grand outdoor party to celebrate our 15th anniversary on August 19 in the evening. We invited famous radio DJ Mr. Edwin Lok to perform for us.
About 80 residents attended the celebration. Everyone in the audience put on a mask and kept 2m apart from each other. In the one-hour program, apart from enjoying the songs, the audience also participated in a line dance to stretch their muscles and joints. Our special evening showed we can have fun together and stay safe. It was very happy. We hope all residents will continue to enjoy living in Yee Hong Garden Terrace.
The Grand Cinnamon Banquet & Convention Centre delivered 391 meals to frontline workers in Scarborough at Yee Hong’s McNicoll Centre, Finch Centre and Garden Terrace on Thursday, August 6.
The meals were arranged by Shaun Chen, Member of Parliament for Scarborough North to appreciate those who have been working hard to protect the most vulnerable in our community during the pandemic.
“I am incredibly proud that Yee Hong residents have had zero cases of COVID and an amazing track record in the community. It’s not possible without the people behind it. Those are the hardworking nurses, PSWs and everyone who works at Yee Hong and all the seniors’ facility organizations across the riding to support our most vulnerable,” said MP Shaun Chen.
“Thank you to all of the frontline workers and the management team at Yee Hong. Because of your efforts, we had a perfect record. We kept the virus away from our residents in all four Yee Hong Centres,” said Dr. Joseph Wong, Yee Hong Founder and Chair of Yee Hong Foundation.
“We’re also grateful for the generosity of local business. Thank you for putting your resources behind our work, making meals for people in need and supporting our community,” Dr. Wong added.
To take advantage of the fine sunny weather, an outdoor live concert for our residents was held at the front entrance area of Yee Hong Markham Centre on Monday July 6th, 2020. Seven members of the well-known band ‘Doulos’ were invited for the performance.
A total of 53 residents attended the concert from the covered area with considerations for physical distancing. A livestream video was broadcast to resident units for those who could not attend the concert as well as another 30 Markham Adult Day program (ADP) clients who live in the community to watch the performance virtually.
Taking a break from their indoor setting, the residents enjoyed the refreshing outdoor weather as well as the superb performance. The band played many golden oldie songs, and copies of the lyrics were printed in large size font for easy reading and singing along. The residents could even make requests the band to play their favorite songs. The residents were very excited and enjoyed very much such an event amid the pandemic.
Special acknowledgements to the efforts of the Adult Day Program and Long Term Care staff who helped make the concert a successful event and uplift the passion of our residents and staff to carry on.
Residents at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care at Mississauga enjoyed a special outdoor violin recital on Friday June 19. Performer Alex Cheung is a professional violinist and violin teacher, he is also the son of one of our dear residents living at Yee Hong. He came to play violin for the residents in an effort to lift the resident spirits due to the pandemic as well as to help celebrate Father’s Day.
Some residents enjoyed watching the music performance at the Yee Hong Garden in a safe distance, some sitting at the 2/F patio, and some inside the building with the windows opened. Alex played the violin for the residents, with beautiful pieces such as the classical Canon in D, the Chinese song “The Moon Represents My Heart”, Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles, Celtic fiddle tunes, “疫境同行 Walking together during pandemic” (Hong Kong pop song reworked for thanking the frontline workers) and more. Alex’s father is in fact the one who got him started on violin when he was 5! It was a really touching scene and those who were there can feel the love channeling through the music in the air.
Alex said, from his perspective as a family member, “I’d like to thank all the staff at Yee Hong for doing such an excellent job in keeping the residents and staff safe and healthy!” He and his family are grateful for Yee Hong being prepared and vigilant right from day 1!