Site Manager Robyn Hicks receives a donation cheque of $5836.29 from Arrow Lakes Health Care Auxiliary President Helen Scown to cover the purchase and installation of the brand new water dispenser

Auxiliary donates big to seniors’ non-profit facility

With the purchase of a brand-new water and ice dispenser, the seniors now have access to fresh, filtered water by the glass.

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

As people age, hydration is more important than ever. Until recently, staff were regularly preparing containers of tap water and placing them into the fridge in the communal kitchen at Halcyon House Assisted Living Facility, to help ensure that residents were drinking enough fluids.

With the purchase of a brand-new water and ice dispenser, the seniors now have access to fresh, filtered water by the glass. The new counter-height machine means getting a glass of ice water has never been easier or more sanitary.

“Now that we have the water machine, staff is better able to nag the residents to drink their water,” Site Manager Robyn Hicks said with a chuckle, as many of the seniors prefer coffee to water.

Its purchase was made possible by the generosity of the Arrow Lakes Health Care Auxiliary and the success of the thrift shop they run to raise funds. Auxiliary President Helen Scown was on hand to present a cheque in the amount of $5836.29 to Halcyon’s new Site Manager, Robyn Hicks.

Hicks said in an interview with the Arrow Lakes News, “The ice maker is great because it can be used for drinks but also for cold compresses.”

The water dispenser, plus parts and installation, was one of a few necessary expenditures to assist the tenants with evolving health and safety needs. Halcyon House is a registered non-profit and relies on grants or donations for many large purchases.


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