Live Update to Residents-November 9, 2020

Today’s special Live Update on our in-house TV970 covered the latest news on COVID-19 at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. It featured John Burns, President and CEO; and Jenny te Velde, Chaplain.

The following updates were shared.

John Burns

Read today’s memo for updates on COVID-19 at Westminster Canterbury Richmond.

Power Outage

Today around 1 a.m., our Security team reported a power outage at Westminster Canterbury and in the surrounding area due to an accident on I-95. Thank you to Emily Krause, the Administrator on Duty this weekend, who coordinated with our teams to take care of everyone on campus. Residents who have emergency needs in Independent Living and Assisted Living were checked on by our nursing supervisors. They were supplied with backups during the outage. By around 8 a.m. this morning, power had been restored to all areas on campus. The Glebe homes were the last to come back on. Thank you for your patience as we waited for Dominion to restore power.

Cochrane Pond

A rejuvenation project has begun at Cochrane Pond that involves tree maintenance, overgrown plant removal, irrigation, improved lighting and hardscaping and more. We hope Kathleen Pender will join Thursday’s Live Update to tell you more.

Next Live Update

We previously announced that we would have a Live Update on Tuesday at 3 p.m., but we decided to move that to today. There will be no Live Update on Tuesday. Our next update will be Thursday, November 12, at 3 p.m. on TV970.

In the coming weeks, we will bring you updates from departments around the community to share what is happening behind the scenes!

Jenny Te Velde

John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

“Blessed Are You Who Bear The Light” Jan Richardson

Blessed are you

who bear the light

in unbearable times,

who testify

to its endurance

amid the unendurable,

who bear witness

to its persistence

when everything seems

in shadow

and grief.

Blessed are you

in whom

the light lives,

in whom the brightness blazes-

your heart

a chapel,

an altar where

in the deepest night

can be seen

the fire that

shines forth in you

in unaccountable faith,

in stubborn hope,

in love that illumines

every broken thing

it finds.


Gracious and Holy God, we thank you for your light that shines in us and through us. Even when it seems we are surrounded by darkness, we know that your presence and strength allow us to bear the unbearable and endure the unendurable. Even when we are afraid or anxious, when we are weary or sad, your light is persistent, your love is unending. Strengthen us for the road ahead, meet our fears with Your calm, our anxiety with your peace, our weariness with your encouragement. Bring your healing to all who are sick and your protection for those who care for them. May we care for one another, love one another, and shine your light with persistent and unfathomable faith.

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