Vancouver resident Mary is 92 years old and lives on her own. Mary has been receiving Meals on Wheels (MOW) for about three years. She first learned of the program after undergoing heart surgery; the hospital referred her to MOW to assist during her convalescence. After her recovery, Mary found that preparing meals for herself was becoming a challenge. The winter months were particularly difficult as she did not always feel safe carrying groceries home with her walker.
Knowing that MOW is there to assist helps Mary remain independent. She lives in the same house in which she was born and has no plans to leave. “I’m a veteran – I know how to take care of myself”, she says. She joined the Armed Forces in 1940, serving in Canada, England, Holland and Germany during the Second World War.
Mary is not alone. There are currently 820,000 seniors in BC representing 17% of the province’s population, many of whom choose to live independently in their own homes. By 2031, it has been estimated that BC will have 1.35 million seniors, representing 24% of the population. While our program is already essential for current clients, the demand for MOW is growing.
In August of this year, I turned 94 and I am so grateful for the wonderful experiences I’ve had in my 94 years. I count myself lucky to have 4 healthy children and 7 vivacious grandchildren. For years, I supported my community through volunteering and now I am grateful to donors like you who help provide Meals on Wheels.
As a young woman, I served my country as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Ottawa, Prince Rupert and Victoria. First, helping guide new recruits through the process of joining the Air Force, and later helping keep track of all planes flying in and around the British Columbia Coastal region.
In Prince Rupert, I lived and worked in the side of the mountain, where I helped track the movement of planes by placing pins and markers on a huge map of the region. When I looked out across the valley, I could see the American Army Base. We were always happy to be invited to get away and enjoy the American Army’s much better equipped kitchens. In those days, all our food came in the form of powdered eggs and milk and we were happy for something different!
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For over 50 years Leonard gave back to the Vancouver community. Now, often not leaving the comfort of his home, he relies on Meals on Wheels for a hot meal, a social visit and a check on his well-being.
Leonard was born in Shanghai, where he attended Cathedral School for Boys and later was interned in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp at Santo Tomas University during WWII in Manila, PH. Following liberation, he and his mother moved to Victoria, BC. Here, he worked at places such as Spencer’s and the Pacific Club before landing work at the new CBC television operation in Vancouver in the 1960s.
50 多年來，Leonard 熱心奉獻於溫哥華社區。現在他經常足不出戶，只靠 Meals on Wheels 的送餐服務，他就能享用一頓營養均衡的熱午餐，並有義工友善探訪及確認他的一切安好。
Leonard 出生於上海。 在二戰其間, 他曾受雇於菲律賓馬尼拉的日本戰俘營。 解放後，他和他的母親遷居到卑斯省的維多利亞, 並在斯賓塞和太平洋俱樂部工作。 其後 他在1960 年任職於溫哥華CBC電視台。
Mr. Au-Yeung was born in Guangdong, China 88 years ago, and at 16 years of age he moved to Hong Kong because of the war. There he lived an active life for many years, swimming every day and working as a salesman to support his wife and three children. Years later, at age 60, he moved to Vancouver and now he lives alone.
歐陽先生出生在中國廣東省，今年八十八嵗。由於戰亂他十六嵗那年移居到香港. 在那裡，他過著積極及健康的生活，每天都會游泳. 他從事推銷行業，養活了妻子和三個孩子。多年後，60多歲的歐陽先生搬到溫哥華, 現在獨自一人居住。
For 15 years, until suffering a heart attack at age 90, Joan delivered nutritious meals to seniors in her community who were often younger than herself. Today at 92, Joan is visited by many of the same people she volunteered with, only now she is the recipient of the nutritious meals she once delivered.
Although Joan remains independent, she is quite content to welcome the daily delivery of a hot meal. As she points out, "I look forward to a daily visit with my good friends at Meals on Wheels and of course the sandwiches and hot meals are just the ticket."
Joan's story demonstrates the cycle of giving and receiving that is appreciated by the many individuals dependent on some level of home care. Our Meals on Wheels program is fueled by volunteers who are selflessly committed to contributing positively to their community by delivering something as essential, yet as simple, as a life sustaining meal.
Frieda, a talented artist and avid gardener, has lived in her East Vancouver home for 60 years; a house filled with her artwork, and a beautiful garden where she loves to spend her days. A few years ago Frieda had a stroke. Although she is quite mobile, shopping for and preparing meals can be a challenge. Remaining independent and healthy in the comfort of her own home is very important to her.
Twice weekly, Meals on Wheels delivers a hot meal to Frieda’s home. She appreciates the visits by friendly volunteers who take the time to chat and ask how she is doing. “I wait for them – they are my visitors”, says Frieda, of the volunteers. “Five minutes makes a difference for people who don’t get out a lot”.