L-R: Shirley Kole, resident, Gloria Luft, greeter, and Stan Orlesky, FortisAlberta. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

L-R: Shirley Kole, resident, Gloria Luft, greeter, and Stan Orlesky, FortisAlberta. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

FortisAlberta’s ‘Lights of Joy’ bring smiles to Ponoka seniors

Residents of Golden Leisure Lodge treated to a light display

After three hours and the use of a bucket truck, 1,050 lights were installed outside of the Golden Leisure Lodge, Rimoka Housing Foundation and the efforts of FortisAlberta staff members paid off.

The lights cover two trees and a gazebo, in easy viewing from the lodge’s large bay window in the cafeteria area, and as the flip was switched Nov. 26, it truly brought joy to the watching residents.

The lights were out up as part of FortisAlberta’s “Lights of Joy” campaign, bringing some holiday cheer to seniors. During the holiday season, FortisAlberta employees will visit a total 26 seniors’ care centres in its service area.

“As much as ever, FortisAlberta remains committed to our communities. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many holiday events and celebrations have been cancelled,” stated a press release.

“FortisAlberta’s Lights of Joy Campaign is designed to engage our customers and employees, while allowing us to continue to contribute to the communities we serve in a meaningful way. We recognize that seniors living in extended care centres have been negatively impacted this year due to isolation from family and friends and the result of this touches many people in the communities we serve.

“Our Lights of Joy campaign will bring a little cheer and comfort back into the lives of these seniors.”

Stan Orlesky with FortisAlberta customer care was onsite for the light up.

According to Orlesky, the lights and extension cords were donated by FortisAlberta and are low LED bulbs so their power cost will be negligent.

FortisAlberta is also giving gifts to each centre they visit. Both the Golden Leisure Lodge and Valleyview Manor in Rimbey will be receiving sound booths complete with protective plexiglass so the centres may be able to allow entertainers inside.

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(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)