On May 31, Silverlynn Apartments in Lynn Valley suffered a fire, permanently displacing over 30 of its residents. The apartments provide housing to independently living seniors over the age of 55.
The members of nearby Westlynn Baptist Church immediately stepped in to provide temporary shelter to the 70 residents who were initially displaced.
Over 30 of these residents were able to return to their apartments since they weren't damaged by either fire, smoke or water. Some of the permanently displaced residents were able to find temporary shelter with friends or family. The rest were put up in a motel for 72 hours and then transferred to lodgings at UBC by North Shore Emergency Management.
I wish to commend the many individuals from various provincial government agencies and community organizations who worked and continue to work tirelessly to help those seniors who were permanently displaced. I know, because I am one of them.
Kudos to the members of Westlynn Baptist Church and to RCMP Victims Services, North Shore Emergency Management, BC Housing's Emergency Support Services, the Canadian Red Cross, Vancouver Coastal Health, the District of North Vancouver, North Shore Community Resources and Silver Harbour Centre.
It was so heartwarming to see and personally experience the care and compassion of these individuals, government agencies and community organizations.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
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