Snowflakes and Angels Campaign kicks off with tree lighting ceremony

Photo Credit: Zoe Archambault

Photo Credit: Zoe Archambault

Hotel Dieu Shaver hosted their ninth annual Snowflakes and Angels Campaign for residents of the Niagara community. As part of this campaign, St. Catharines hosted the third annual Tree Lighting Celebration.

The November 16 event saw a multitude of activities for children and their families to participate in, including food vendors, kids crafting, meeting Santa  Claus and Mrs. Claus, a photobooth and live music by Michael Chess and others. Market Square in downtown St. Catharines was home to the event with a candlelit stroll leading the way to St. Catharines City Hall for the official Tree Lighting Celebration.

Hotel Dieu Shaver, the official host of this event, is a Health and Rehabilitation Centre that excels in providing specialty healthcare in the areas of rehabilitation, complex care and geriatric services to residents in the Niagara Region. Hotel Dieu Shaver acts on their motto of providing a care system that is worthy of earning their patients’ trust.

Hotel Dieu Shaver opened in 1944 as a Roman Catholic facility and since then, has focused on person-centred care in order to provide patients with respect and empowerment throughout the process. Their aim is to provide patients with a voice, self-determination and resources that aid in decision-making as well as striving to enable patients to reach their optimal level of health and well-being.

Spirituality, professionalism, innovation, responsible stewardship, integrity and teamwork are the six main values that Hotel Dieu Shaver focuses on in order to provide the best care possible for their patients. This rehabilitation centre seeks to provide compassionate care that protects and respects the independence of an individual.

One of the annual events that Hotel Dieu Shaver hosts is the Tree Lighting Celebration, which is open to the public. There was a pay-what-you-can entrance fee that went towards funding patient care.

“All the funds raised from this campaign will go towards purchasing patient care equipment and upgrading patient care areas for the year. We see a constant flow of individuals requiring the services that we provide here and the donations we receive really help us to provide that care and services to the best of our ability in order to see individuals succeed,” said Mary Jane Johnson, the Director of Communications at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

Last year, the event had 300 attendees. Predictions for this year were the same. As a result of a Tim Hicks concert happening after the event, Johnson claimed that attendance may have been higher than predicted.

“We had high hopes that more people would attend from the concert in order to learn more about the services that we offer and to participate in all the activities we offered. The Tree Lighting event that was a part of the festivities on Sunday is one of our largest fundraisers for the hotel and it turned out to be a phenomenal success,” said Johnson.

Attendee Bethany Lynn highlighted the value of the event in bringing joy to attendees and educating them about the work Hotel Dieu Shaver does.

“It never fails to get us into the Christmas spirit. I think that this event is an awesome opportunity for the Niagara Region to become of aware of the amazing care that Hotel Dieu Shaver provides to their patients. My family donates to this care centre in order for them to provide the care that they promise to provide to their patients to allow them to be successful,” said Lynn. “I think everyone should attend this event in order to understand better what exactly Hotel Dieu Shaver is and what they do. It really is a great resource for care in the Niagara Region and I think it’s important to expose ourselves to the resources that allow individuals to be successful.”

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