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Residents throughout Points West Living give thanks

October 12th, 2023

Doreen in Lloydminster looks pretty pleased with her Thanksgiving project.

Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie… Thanksgiving is definitely a delicious holiday.

Indigenous peoples have been celebrating the fall harvest for a very long time, and Europeans first did so on this continent way back in 1578, in what we now call Nunavut. As for it becoming a national event, the first official Thanksgiving in the “Province of Canada” was held in 1859, and it started as an annual holiday 20 years after that.

Since then, we’ve enjoyed this tasty opportunity to get together with loved ones, cherish the agricultural bounty and say thanks for all the wonderful things in our lives.

At Points West Living Stettler, for example, residents, family members, guests and employee care partners were given the opportunity to share what they were thankful for on a “thankful tree.”

“Residents were eager to add a leaf to the tree every chance they got, with some placing multiple leaves for the many things they are thankful for,” said Nicole Fischer, Recreation Therapist.

Educator Julie, who helped realize this idea, said, “The thankful tree brings positivity into our world and daily lives.” She also shared, “I am thankful for the people that I have the privilege of working with and the residents and families I get to interact with daily and help care for.”

See Stettler’s photos here.

Also, here are some additional PWL Thanksgiving festivities:

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