The Vic Foundation and Victoria Lifeline partnered with local non-profits to deliver holiday gift bags to seniors in our community and at The Vic. Whether you are six or sixty, we all love receiving gifts during the holidays. But for many older adults in our community who are without family or friends nearby, or are unable to see their loved ones due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the reality of being alone during the holidays is palpable.
Giving Tuesday marks the beginning of the holiday season, and as in past years, the idea of brightening the holidays for kids and families in our community was paramount. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and our partnerships with Toys “R” Us Canada and Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre, Indigenous families in our community experienced the joy of opening presents together on Christmas morning.
Mood disorders such as anxiety and depression are very common, with an estimated 23 per cent of Manitobans being affected according to a report from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. The majority of people with diagnosable mental health disorders do not seek treatment, with older adults being especially unlikely to seek treatment.
If you had told me three years ago if I would be working in Winnipeg as a clinical psychology resident during a global pandemic, I’m not sure which part I would have been most surprised by.
I have been so proud at the challenges the Victoria Hospital has overcome these last two years. Despite massive disruptions, interruptions and outbreaks I have watched staff do their utmost to provide excellent care.