What a day – on Sunday eight of us went to Revera Lakeview Care Center and threw a Canada Day BBQ party for the residents. It was an incredible experience. We prepped food (kale from their garden, vegetables, pasta salad and fish and chicken burgers) and then gathered all the residents and brought them to the 6th floor-dining hall. We then entertained, served and mingled. Listening to stories, singing and dancing and playing some Canada Day trivia.
The residents of the care centre ranged in age, physical and mental ability and ethnicity- diverse, yet all shared a common sense of joy when they realized we were there because we genuinely wanted to be. Revera House is an organization that helps more than 30,000 seniors and other clients to live their lives to the fullest, across Canada and in the United Sates. They offer accommodation, care and services that suit individual needs and preferences. Our Doze Day took place at one of their care centres: Revera Lakview Care Centre in Vancouver.
It was a wonderful time- making new friends not only with the elders at the care centre but also amongst the Doze team. It was a powerful experience and, without a doubt, our enthusiastic energy lifted many spirits. Several residents told us that they hadn't felt so much happiness in years and smiled from ear to ear as they shared their wisdom and stories with us.
It was a great reminder for the Doze team about why we are doing what we are doing. These are the experiences we have been striving to create for others- beautiful, purposeful and fun experiences. Every single one of us left inspired and enlightened by the beautiful stories and life lessons we heard.
A gentleman by the name of Michael made an especially large impact on the group. After clean up was done and we had brought all the residents back to their rooms we stuck around for a good 30 minutes listening to Michael share his wisdom. He shared a mantra that he wanted to leave with all of us:
Please forgive me
I love you
WHY is Doze what it is and growing so organically throughout our community? We are all special, and when we can reach within ourselves and live through our hearts we can make the world a better place. Tuning into the heart leads to an immense sense of Love and the will the share this Love with others. Our Doze Days are an avenue for us all to share the Love and make the world a better place- one step, one action, one connection at a time. This past Doze Day was truly special and a significant enforcer of our true purpose.
Thank you everyone who was able to join us! Stay tuned for the next Doze Day!