Willows team honours co-worker with surprise bridal shower

‘In these trying times, people still finding ways to cheer one another is nothing short of great and graceful to witness’

In mid-December, Willows Estate nutritional care manager Davina Mesquito was getting ready to be married in the new year, and team members at the Aurora, Ont. long-term care home wanted to make sure she had a memorable bridal shower as she opened a new chapter in her life.

Davina and her fiancé planned their wedding under strict safety conditions due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, explains Willows Estate life enrichment aide Azaria Kanda.

As a result of these precautions, Davina’s friends and colleagues at the Willows would not be able to attend.

Given that her colleagues at the Willows could not be with Davina on her special day, the Willows Estate team wanted to make sure she had a special celebration at the home, Azaria says.

Nutritional care aide Danita DelaCruz organized a surprise bridal shower for Davina at the Willows on Dec. 15. She baked a special cake for Davina and arranged to keep her preoccupied before the event started so she would be surprised.

Azaria explains how things unfolded next.

“Davina was pranked to believe she was needed out back for a food delivery from one of the food delivery trucks, only to be surprised with a decorated car outside with congratulatory ribbons, a wedding veil (and) cake,” he tells The OMNIway.

Azaria says Davina was indeed surprised by the party, which was held with everyone following safety guidelines.

Stories like this, he adds, demonstrate the positive impact that comes from people supporting one another during the pandemic.

“In these trying times, people still finding ways to cheer one another is nothing short of great and graceful to witness,” he says.

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