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Höfn Celebrates 58th Anniversary of Caregiving

Icelandic Care Home, Höfn - 2020 Harrison Drive, Vancouver, B.C.,
This panoramic view was taken by Robert Asgeirsson, May 25, 2005.

Heather Alda Ireland, Consul General for Iceland
in B.C., extended her greetings & congratulations.


Heather congratulated the Icelandic Care Home, Höfn society on its bold step forward with the "Assisted Living" concept. The Sólskin ladies were also recognized for their 58 years of devoted support to the elderly in the Höfn Care homes.

Marlene Wynes, recently retired Administrator of the Icelandic Care Home, Höfn.

Brian Bjarnason, pres. Höfn Society and MC for the short program, called on Marlene to receive a special token of thanks for her many years of service to the Home as its Administrator. Marlene, is seen here being pinned with a corsage by Sylvia Wetten of the former Sólskin Ladies Aid Society.

Sólskin Ladies Aid members and friends attended the BBQ.

Front L-R:
Sylvia Isfeld, Ann Penway
Back L-R:
Geraldine Thorlakson, Rada Ellison and Thordís Wilson

Seen at the table in the background is Margaret Bjarnason (red blouse).

Jerry Chiasson, Höfn staffer, cooks burgers for the guests.

Members of the Höfn staff and their offspring.

Young and old alike lined up patiently waiting for the treats being offered. Mouth-watering barbecue aromas wafted over the line-up. The wait in line was also a good opportunity to renew old acquaintences.

The large crowd that turned up for the Anniversary celebration was one of diverse cultural background, reflecting our modern multicultural society.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecued chicken were offered hot as well as a variety of cool drinks and salads along with coffee and cake for desert. Höfn staff and board members were kept quite busy during the afternoon Anniversary celebration.

The weather was mixed with sunshine and the odd light shower. The gathering was kept comfortable and dry under the open terrace roofing of the beautiful Sólskin Garden.

The Sólskin Garden was established in 1992 with the help of personal donations and a successful grant application for funding from the BC Gaming Commission.

The complete south facing elevation of the Home was beautified with two gardens. One was a private garden for the general population. A sun room and a second special garden was also established for the Alzheimer's wing, greatly adding to the general ambiance and quality of life for the residents.

And what would a social gathering be without a sing-song.

L-R: Norman Eyford, Brian Bjarnason, Oli Leifson, Wayne Brandson, Merle Helgason, Irene Finnson, Heather Ireland, Jerry Chiasson, Albert Teng, Norma Guttormsson.


Photos on this page courtesy of Höfn and those with digital cameras.

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