Carmen's Coffee Club honours Elizabeth Centre resident Carmen Gingras

Some residents leave a lasting mark on us and make a huge difference in our lives.

This was the case of Carmen Gingras, a resident at Elizabeth Centre in Val Caron. Carmen was a special lady - kind, giving and gentle. She loved to meet new people, make friends and help her fellow resident.

Carmen was always eager to greet others entering her area of the home with a hello and a compliment. She loved to play her CDs loud enough so others could enjoy the music as well. It didn't take long before the other residents began to gather around and chit chat. And just like that, "Carmen’s Coffee Club" was born. Her daughter Lyne Lalone, who works as a PSW at Elizabeth Centre, would also join her mom for "coffee” when her shift was done or on her breaks.

Sadly Carmen passed away recently, leaving a huge void in the foyer of the home. Wanting to do something special as a tribute to Carmen, the residents and staff came up with the idea to permanently name that area of the home as Carmen’s Coffee Club. Life Enrichment Coordinator, Katie Ede, designed and created a beautiful stained glass window to mark the area, which is posted for all to enjoy.

The foyer area will now always be known as Carmen’s Coffee Club.


Lyne Lalonde and Katie Ede show off Carmen's Coffee Club