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Lest We Forget – Celebrating Remembrance Day at Brock Fahrni

Canadian Armed Forces at Brock Fahrni (2018).
Canadian Armed Forces at Brock Fahrni (2018).

Today, Providence people gathered together at St. Vincent’s Brock Fahrni to celebrate Remembrance Day. A moment of silence was shared amongst staff, volunteers, residents, veterans, and their loved ones when the clock struck the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Providence people, residents, veterans, volunteers, and loved ones gathered together at Brock Fahrni to celebrate Remembrance Day.

The silent moment filled the quiet, intimate space at Brock Fahrni (BF), which is one of Providence Health Care’s residential care sites and home to over 150 residents, many of whom are armed forces veterans. 

The Remembrance Day Service began with a welcome speech from Melanie Gonder-Benoit, Spiritual Health Practitioner, followed by a musical prelude, which was led by Valerie Weeks, Music Therapist at Brock Fahrni.

Melanie Gonder-Benoit (R), Spiritual Health Practitioner, and Valerie Weeks (L), Music Therapist at Brock Fahrni.

The ceremony continued with a message from PHC’s Senior Leadership Team — Christopher De Bono, Vice-President of Mission, People and Ethics, and Jo-Ann Tait, Program Director for Elder Care and Palliative Services, spoke about the significance of Remembrance Day and its connection to our veterans and residents.

Holy Family Hospital recently celebrated Remembrance Day this week in honour of those who served before us, including our heroic female veterans.

From L – R: Ursula Piotrowski, Resident Services Manager and Site Leader at BF; Christopher De Bono, VP of Mission, People and Ethics at PHC; and Jennifer Higgins, Head of Administrative Services at Veterans Affairs Canada.
 
Jo-Ann Tait, Program Director for Elder Care and Palliative Services at Providence, pictured with her daughter during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at BF.

A letter from Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was also read by Jennifer Higgins, Head of Administrative Services at Veterans Affairs.

A letter from the Prime Minister was shared by Jennifer Higgins, Head of Administrative Services at Veterans Affairs Canada.

Lastly, Ursula Piotrowski, Resident Services Manager, and Philip Murray, a new Spiritual Health Practitioner at Brock Fahrni, ended the service with a prayer and closing message.

Philip Murray, a new Spiritual Health Practitioner at Brock Fahrni, led the final prayer.

The Remembrance Day Ceremony closed with a special visit from the Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian troops. 

Rosemary, a wife of a veteran, speaks with members of the Canadian Armed Forces. 


A special thank you to the Brock Fahrni planning team, who organized this year’s Remembrance Day Ceremony at BF. Lastly, another thank you to those who served before us during times of conflict. We will remember them.

See below for more pictures from the Brock Fahrni Remembrance Day Service:

LEST WE FORGET.

Read Holy Family Hospital’s Remembrance Day Ceremony story here.

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