Elizabeth Onciul, a care aide at Dunrovin Park Lodge in Quesnel, started organizing food hampers for seniors in Quesnel. Photo courtesy of Northern Health

Dunrovin staff food hamper helps feed seniors in Quesnel

Care aide Elizabeth Onciul sets up the food hampers to collect donations

Staff at Dunrovin Park Lodge have recognized co-worker Elizabeth Onciul for her dedication to seniors in Quesnel.

For over three months, Elizabeth, a care aide at Dunrovin Park Lodge, has set up food hampers at work to collect donations for seniors.

“You know the saying, these are our golden years? Well that’s not always true,” says Elizabeth “Our seniors have worked hard and shouldn’t have to worry if they will have enough for tomorrow’s meals.”

The collected food is then donated to a small community group in Quesnel. The anonymous group distributes the food to seniors in low income housing and to over-50 seniors in the community. Staff donate, on average, two large boxes and they’ve started to add bags of fruit on donation pickup days.

“Our staff has been very generous in their donations as we only ask for one non-perishable item per month,” Elizabeth explains.

Elizabeth first got the idea when speaking with her sister-in-law, whose workplace had a similar program set up to help seniors pay for food and medications. She got the number of the community group and set up a pickup time.

Great work, Elizabeth, for seeing a need and making a positive impact on the senior community in Quesnel! Also, a big thank you to the rest of the staff in Quesnel for donating food and helping Elizabeth with this awesome initiative!

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