“It was so nice to curl against another team; it’s nice to get the chance to get to know our neighbors!”
That’s what one resident of The Pines long-term care home in Burns Lake had to say about the first virtual curling competition, which took place during February 2022. Northern Health recreation therapists came together to plan the event, which coincided with Therapeutic Recreation Month and the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Residents of Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert, Bulkley Lodge in Smithers, Dunrovin Park Lodge in Quesnel, The Pines in Burns Lake, Rotary Manor in Dawson Creek, and Stuart Nechako Manor in Vanderhoof participated in the games.
How did it work?
Each long-term care home represented one team. Teams played in round robin games to determine who would play in the finals, which took place during the last week of February. Staff connected the teams through Zoom and captured all of the action on iPads. When it was time for the gold medal game, residents from the participating homes tuned in with popcorn and beer to cheer on their neighbours!
Residents of all levels of ability were able to participate in the tournament. Congratulations to all who participated in Northern Health’s first-ever virtual curling competition! Staff say it didn’t come without a few hiccups, but they look forward to holding multi-site virtual events again in the future.