Al Pearce’s Inspirational 2021 Calendar
A feel-good Purchase for a better year ahead!
Calendars are $20.00 each, with proceeds going to support the Piercy Respite Hotel
For 30 years, Al Pearce worked as a social worker, helping those who found themselves in difficult life circumstances. In 2018, however, he was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. Suddenly he was the one who needed help, with his wife Pat thrust into the role of full-time caregiver.
For Al, simple things like expressing his thoughts and emotions soon became a frustrating challenge, and Pat struggled to maintain her own health while providing around-the-clock care. But just as COVID-19 hit, shutting down vital support services and making matters worse, Al discovered a new way he could help others.
Al began making art – vividly coloured pages with often inspirational phrases – that soon filled the Pearce living room. His work raised the spirits of everyone who passed by and, as word spread, CTV soon showcased his prolific and growing portfolio on the Sawatsky Sign-Off.
This calendar features 12 of Al’s latest creations, and is another way Al has found to help others. All proceeds will go to Eldercare Foundation to support care at the Piercy Respite Hotel – a vital service that helps dozens of families like Al and Pat each year, providing temporary care to elders and much-needed breaks to their family caregivers.
About Eldercare Foundation and the Piercy Respite Hotel:
Eldercare Foundation is a registered charity that, since 1982, has enhanced care and quality of life for older adults and those who care for them.
For seniors living at home, like Al and Pat Pearce, Eldercare funds community programs that help them maintain their independence and remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
One such program is the Piercy Respite Hotel, where Al is a regular guest. Each month, 40-50 local seniors enjoy a stay there, receiving care while their family caregivers get a much-needed break to attend to their own health and well-being. Your purchase of this calendar will help provide therapy programming and comfort items for guests during their stay.
Additional examples include: Eldercare’s SAFE Lifeline program, which helps low income seniors living at home with a high risk of falls or hospitalization by providing home medical alarms that give them 24 hour on-call protection; Community Bathing and Adult Day Programs across southern Vancouver Island; and educational seminars at the Yakimovich Wellness Centre aimed at helping seniors and their caregivers safely navigate their aging journey.
For seniors who need the support of long-term care, Eldercare also raises funds to provide specialized equipment, home-like enhancements, and innovative therapy programs for the 700 residents of Aberdeen, Glengarry, Priory, and The Summit long-term care facilities.