The Sorrento Centre had a wonderful and wonder-filled year in 2022 following our re-opening in April after BC public health officials eased many of the necessary pandemic restrictions. We welcomed 2,701 guests to programs and activities on our main campus and welcomed thousands more to day events and activities. From old favourites – such as our summer programming and NimbleFingers Bluegrass – to many new events – including our forum on Indigenous spirituality and law as well as a meditative walking course – we made many new friends in 2022 even as we welcomed back our loyal friends who have been returning to the Sorrento for years and even decades.
At the heart of it all is our tiny but mighty and dedicated staff team. We gathered on Wednesday just before Christmas for a luncheon at a local pub. Even though the extreme cold in our region knocked out the heating in the pub, spirits were very warm as we enjoyed our few moments together before many staff take a break from Christmas to New Year’s.
Even as we worked hard to welcome our friends in 2022 (more than double the number from 2021), we struggled with severe shortages in every one of our departments (like most other employers in the Shuswap and across Canada). Executive Director Michael Shapcott, speaking on behalf of the Board, thanked the staff team for their amazing contributions to a great year. “Our beloved Centre is well-served by such an amazing group of people,” said Michael. “Thank you to one and all, stay warm in these frigid times, and best wishes for peace and joy in the new year.”