Life-giving, alive and vibrant: these are the meanings behind Chateau Vitaline, the Beaumont Covenant Care Centre's new name, which matches the spirit of its residents and the community’s rich history.
“The name comes from the bell that rings in the tower of St. Vital Church every day,” says Site Leader Brenda Thomson. The renaming was announced in summer 2015.
“The word 'vitaline' means life-giving, alive and vibrant, which is fitting for our approach to supportive living and the Beaumont community.”
St. Vital Church and the Marie-Vitaline bell are deeply rooted in Beaumont’s history. It meant so much to community members that when the bell was destroyed by a fire in 1920, they rallied together to raise money to replace it. Today, the Marie-Vitaline bell remains a symbol of hope, resilience and community spirit.
The new name also captures the essence of life at his home, according to Kanttie Panchmatia, one of Chateau Vitaline’s liveliest residents. Kanttie cheerfully tells us he enjoys life at Chateau Vitaline—he doesn’t feel restricted in his daily living, and the staff encourage him to be spontaneous and stay active.
“They are very polite, gentle and accommodating and they never let me feel like a stranger here,” says Kanttie. “But the best part for me is going for walks with Sylvia (the recreational co-ordinator) after breakfast. She also takes us on outings every month that I always look forward to.”
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