March 5, 2021
Dear Tabor Village Family and Friends:
Happy International Women's Day (on March 8th)
This coming Monday, March 8th is International Women's Day. A day to celebrate the achievements of women across the globe and raise awareness for a more gender inclusive world.
The United Nations website says it best:
"Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic. The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry. This year’s theme for the International Day,"Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world", celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic." - Borrowed from the United Nations website here
To The Women Who Work Here
Elder Care is a predominantly female-based industry so it's no surprise that the majority of Tabor Village’s staff are women. Being a healthcare worker is a complex job on the best of days, but being a healthcare worker in long-term and assisted living care, especially during a global pandemic requires both a level of strength and endurance every workday. Many workers are caring for older persons at Tabor Village and their own family which often includes their children and their parents. The challenges we have faced together over this last year at times seemed insurmountable, and perhaps still do. Exhaustion, stress, anxiety, and grief became the norm for many staff as they continued to give their all to the many loved ones in care. It is an honour to know these true healthcare heroes.
To The Women Who Live Here
Perhaps one of the greatest joys we as staff have in working here is the opportunity to hear the stories and altruism of so many courageous, strong, loving, and admirable women living here. They never cease to amaze with the challenges they've overcome, the victories they've seen, and the road they worked so hard to pave for the women coming after them. So many of us have the privilege of enjoying the benefits that they've worked so hard to make happen. Thank you.
To The Women Who Have Family Here
Caring for those who once cared for us is one of life's greatest honours, but it can also be one of the most difficult. This often seems to fall on the women of the family and as much as we may love and respect our family, caregiver fatigue is real and something we see you often having to push through in order to continue caring for your loved one. Your strength, endurance, and advocacy for the ones you love is admirable. We are blessed to have you as part of the Tabor family.
So on this International Women's Day, it is all of you who we celebrate, honour, and thank!

Looking Ahead Gives us a Glimmer of Hope
We have been living with Covid-19 for over a year. The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on older persons living in long term care and assisted living, health care workers and family members.
The past 12 months have been extremely difficult emotionally for many us as we have lived through outbreaks that had a devastating impact on our community. We will never forget the lives of those older persons and will continue to honour their memory. For residents and tenants they have spent too much time in the confines of their rooms and have missed the quality of life that existed in elderly care before the pandemic. For families, visitor restrictions have separated us at a time when spending time with your immediate household family has been so important. For health care workers you have had to deal with the constant challenge of wearing PPE, hand hygiene, physical distancing and other infection prevention and control practices that have placed a heavy responsibility on how you do your work with the added weight of worrying about your families.
Throughout the year we have supported each other in a spirit of togetherness. Staff have pulled together and supported one another. As families, you have persevered to maintain your relationship with your loved one at Tabor Village virtually, in person window visits and becoming an essential or social visitor. Residents and tenants are looking forward to spending more time outside and to engaging with other older persons at meal times and in recreational activities.
As we look ahead to the spring and summer we are anticipating changes to the way seniors in care are visited as restrictions are lifted. With a high level of vaccinations among staff, residents and tenants as well as family members there is a sense of optimism for a better tomorrow. As we collectively watch the variants and the community case count, we will continue do our part at Tabor Village to ensure the safety measures are followed and when not at the workplace we expect provincial public health orders and advisories are followed.
One of the things we have learned during the pandemic is the need to communicate and listen to your feedback and take action based on your voice. As the next step in creating a better future, we will be asking staff and families as well as residents and tenants for feedback in various formats such as town hall meetings by re-establishing Family Councils, Resident/Tenant Councils and inviting satisfaction surveys for move ins, care conferences and end of life care. For staff we will be conducting a worklife pulse survey and safety survey to assess employee engagement working together to create a desirable working environment.
Together we are stronger and your caring hearts will help us be a vibrant community where seniors experience 'Care from the Heart' with Christian compassion and respect..

Visitation Schedule
All visits must be booked through Visitation Supervisor, Jackie Kingma.

Tabor Home Schedule
Unit 1: 9am - 5pm Tuesday through Saturday
Unit 2 (Willow): 9am - 5pm Monday, Tuesday and Saturday
Unit 3 (Cherry): 9am - 11am and 1pm - 3pm Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Unit 4: 9am - 5pm Tuesday through Saturday
Unit 5: 9am - 5pm Sunday through Thursday
Valhaven Schedule
Monday through Thursday 8:30am - 2pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm
Tabor Court Schedule
Sunday 9:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 3pm - 7pm
Thursday 3pm - 7pm
Friday 12pm - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm
Tabor Court Recreation Update
Please see button links below for the Tabor Court calendar of activities for next week, as well as some updates for the upcoming month of March.
Valhaven Recreation Update
See button link below to view Valhaven's activities calendar for the month of March.
Family Council Meetings
Family Council offers opportunity for family members and caregivers to come together to make Tabor Village a better place for their loved ones. It's an opportunity to review any pertinent issues, make suggestions for improvement, and ensure the best quality of life for the older adults of Tabor Village. It's open to anyone and offers a level of support during what can be a challenging time.

We are holding a virtual family council meeting via ZOOM video conferencing on Monday, March 29th for Valhaven and Tabor Home families and Wednesday, March 31st for Tabor Court families. See dates and times below. If you would like to join in on these meetings, please sign up via the button link below.

Valhaven Family Council Meeting
Monday, March 29 at 3:00pm

Tabor Home Family Council Meeting
Monday, March 29 at 4:00pm

Tabor Court Family Council Meeting
Wednesday, March 31 at 3:00pm
Message of Hope with Pastor Ray
An ancient text written by someone known as The Teacher reads:
There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:
A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go.”
Ecclesiastes 3 The Message

Maybe we can add one more to this list of life-seasons:
A right time for discouragement and a time for hope.

Winter is actually a season of hope. Maybe we don’t feel very hopeful in these days of rain, wind, cold, and continuing COVID restrictions. But think of this: underground, waiting for the right time, spring bulbs are getting ready. Preparing to poke through the hardened soil and create a beautiful, vibrant show of color to lift our spirits. Right now, trees and summer shrubs that will bear fruit and flowers are getting ready in this dormant season. This dark time. This discouraging time. Another word for this optimism is faith.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” - Hebrews 11:1

Right now – right when things may seem darkest and most discouraging – things are happening - unseen things, underground things that give us cause to make these days a season of hope.

Pastor Ray Harris
Spiritual Care Coordinator

COVID-19 Information Website
Visit our website for all the COVID-19 news and updates. We post all our communications, surveys, and policies there so there is always a go-to spot for you to find what you're looking for.
Yours sincerely,
Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE
Executive Director
604-859-8715 x 102
Tabor Village | 604.859.8715 | Email | Website

Cheques can be made payable to:
Tabor Home Society
31944 Sunrise Crescent
Abbotsford, BC V2T 1N5