Life in Long Term Care

Kamaljit’s dream to see Michael Buble in concert

The sweet sound of dreams come true

Location: Sienna Senior Living Tullamore Community, Brampton

Kamaljit, a resident at Tullamore Community in Brampton, Ontario, is a long-standing fan of Michael Bublé. About one year ago, Kamaljit wrote to Michael Bublé during a letter writing program facilitated by her home at Sienna Senior Living. She was pleasantly surprised when she received a card in response. Bublé’s management company said that he would be going on tour in 2022 to which Kamaljit replied promising that she would attend.

Months later Fernanda Cunha, an Activation Aide at Tullamore Community, saw that Michael Bublé was scheduled to perform in Toronto. The concert was just five days away. As a music lover herself, Fernanda knew how meaningful this experience would be for Kamaljit, so she brought an idea forward to her leadership team.

The Tullamore team agreed that they should try their best to give Kamaljit the experience of a lifetime. They worked with Kamaljit’s son to get consent and arrange for transportation to the concert. To prepare for a night out at the concert, the team prepared Kamaljit’s medications, provided an early dinner, and several team members came in ahead of their shifts to help Kamaljit pick a nice outfit and get her hair done.

Once she was ready, Kamaljit was excitedly telling everyone throughout the residence that she was finally going to see her favorite artist.

“Kamaljit was set on having me attend the concert with her, so I changed my shifts around to be available. We had to consider the drop off and pick-up locations, walking distance, and seat location, and we spent a lot of time ensuring Kamaljit understood what the night would be like before we set out,” said Fernanda.

After the 40-minute ride to the venue, they got their seats and Kamaljit was bursting with excitement. Throughout the concert, she sang, screamed, danced and laughed. At one point she said to Fernanda, “This is a dream. I’m so happy, I’m so happy!”

It was a dream for Fernanda too.

“It was so rewarding and made my entire year. Our team all lived through Kamaljit’s dream that day and it’s something we will always remember,” said Fernanda.

Music plays an important role in most of our lives. It has the power to spark joy, help us heal, and to bring us together. If you’ve ever seen your favourite artist live, you know it’s an incredible experience that can create memories you’ll cherish for forever. But for those who move into long-term care, it’s an experience that can feel far from reach.

Read how the team at Sienna Senior Living made Kamaljit’s dream come true.