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A Special Gift

December 2, 2022 Always Parkland

During their time living at Parkland Truro Jim and Jean Saunders would sit in the same spot in the Edinburgh Hall dining room while enjoying a delicious meal and each other’s company. Both Jim and Jean have since passed away, but their memory lives on within the community.

Painting of white and pink roses by Joanne Hunt

“They were such a special couple,” said Darlene Walsh, General Manager of Parkland Truro. “Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing them has fond memories of them. We miss them a lot,” she added.

For the couple’s 70th anniversary, their children gifted their parents a painting created by local artist Joanne Hunt who, not only has a mother who lives at Parkland, but is also married to long-time (and recently retired) Parkland Chauffeur, Dave Hunt.

On August 11, nine months after Jean passed away, two of Jim and Jean’s children, Jamie and Catherine, donated the beloved painting to the community. Residents gathered for happy hour and shared memories of Jim and Jean during the painting presentation. “My parents lived in five provinces, 10 homes, this was their last home, and it was one of their favourites,” said Jamie. “We thank you for the friendship, kindness and warm welcome they had at Parkland,” Jamie also proceeded to thank team members and residents for their service, compassion and friendship over the years.

Jim and Jean’s children, Jamie and Catherine, unveiling the painting at Parkland Truro.

The piece was near and dear to their hearts, and it is now proudly on display in the dining room, where Jim and Jean would always sit. It is a cherished part of our Parkland Truro community and a special reminder of our dear friends, Jim and Jean.

Jean posing in front of the beloved artwork in their suite.

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