One of the many pieces of artwork for hospital workers created by a Comox Valley student. Photo submitted

Rotarians, businesses honour health care workers

Rotarians waved signed thanking workers at three locations in the Comox Valley

Three Rotary clubs – the Strathcona Sunrise Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Courtenay and the Cumberland Rotary Club – along with community partners brought smiles and treats to healthcare workers Thursday (Oct. 28).

Rotarians waved signed thanking workers at three locations in the Comox Valley – North Island Hospital Comox Valley, at the former St. Joseph’s General Hospital/The Views and at the Cumberland Lodge throughout the day.

Additionally, a variety of businesses supported Rotary by bringing treats to the hospital and offering healthcare discounts.

“It really means a lot to see the thank yous,” said Justine Wheatley, licensed practical nurse at North Island Hospital Comox Valley. “I don’t need this because this is what I signed up for, but it’s really nice to see.”

Wheatley said she and her co-workers enjoyed gelato from Benino Gelato in Comox, who dropped off a variety of flavours for staff to enjoy. Additionally, staff read posters, cards and drawings from students from Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary, Ecole Robb Road Elementary and Huband Park Elementary in the Comox Valley who participated in the day to celebrate health care workers.

Both Valley Thrifty Foods locations donated food items, while Milano Coffee in Courtenay provided discounts and all three Starbucks locations donated coffee. Some retired nurses made cookies and additional assistance was provided by three Interact Clubs from Highland Secondary, G.P. Vanier and Lake Trail schools.

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