Langara Celebrates 25 Years of Caring

Dec 8, 2016 | News

Dianne Doyle (centre), Ann Adams (left) and Jo-Ann Tait (right) helped cut Langara's 25th anniversary cake. Dianne Doyle (centre), Ann Adams (left) and Jo-Ann Tait (right) helped cut Langara's 25th anniversary cake.

Christmas lights twinkled brighter on December 1 to mark the 25th anniversary of St. Vincent’s: Langara. The annual Light Up Langara event at the site was particularly special this year, with much more than the Christmas season to celebrate.

The event was the perfect showcase for new musical instruments purchased through donations to Tapestry Foundation to help expand Providence Health Care’s Music Therapy Program.

Residents, families and guests welcomed jazz performer Miles Black, one of Canada’s most accomplished jazz pianists, who graced the ivories of Langara’s new grand piano and delivered an arrangement of smooth jazz favourites.

Not to be outdone by the piano virtuoso, Langara’s 12-member resident Bell Choir assembled for a touching hand chime performance of seasonal favourites that included Oh Holy Night, Silent Night, and Jingle Bells. Later, as the Troubadours Choir, the same residents hit a Hallelujah high-note with their “Song of Gratitude”, its lyrics fine-tuned to the Twelve Days of Christmas, to acknowledge all the donors who supported the music therapy and other fundraising campaigns benefitting Langara residents.

Guests also heard from Providence's President and CEO Dianne Doyle, who acknowledged the important milestone in the site’s history, and congratulated Langara staff for their continued efforts in building a legacy of compassionate care for residents.

John Forrester, former President and CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital, and former director of the St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation, shared his memories of opening day at the site that included a special march. Armed with balloons and high spirits, Sister Rooney, of the Sisters Charity of the Immaculate Conception, the order that founded St. Vincent’s Hospital, trooped an army of staff and volunteers from the hospital at Heather Street, along Cambie Street to Langara, in a symbolic gesture extending St. Vincent’s mission of love and caring to the new site.

Key donors who took in the festive evening included Ken Gracie and Philip Waddell, advisers of The McGrane/Pearson Endowment Fund which generously supported the Music Therapy Campaign. Mr. Gracie remarked that the Foundation’s campaign was an ideal match for the legacy of sisters Yvonne McGrane and Jean Pearson who supported Tapestry Foundation and were passionate devotees of the arts.

Congratulations and happy anniversary Langara. May you continue to flourish.

Jazz pianist Miles Black at keyboard of Langaras' new piano.

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