Celebrating a Centenarian Birthday at PICS Assisted Living

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Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society celebrated the 100th birthday of senior resident VenketammaPanchaliya at PICS Assisted Living on February 14, 2023.

PICS Society took the opportunity to make it a grand occasion for Venketamma who was joined by her family and peers for the birthday celebration.  

According to PICS, “Venketamma has been a resident at PICS Assisted Living for the last 10 years where she has made some amazing memories and friends.” She was excited to share her story with PICS Staff members and the Her Worship Mayor Brenda Locke who was also in attendance for the cake cutting ceremony.  

Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke spoke to the seniors “To be able to celebrate a centurion’s birthday is phenomenal and I hope I get to come and celebrate all of your birthdays. Reaching 100 years of age does not happen without having good care, I want to thank all the staff, caregivers and all the friends, living in a facility like this is really the cornerstone of having a full and longer life.” 

PICS President and CEO Satbir Singh Cheema presented Venketamma with a gift for her birthday and addressed those in attendance “One thing we can proudly say is that this celebration is proof that our seniors are being provided excellent care by the staff and management team led by InderjeetHundal and Rajeev Mohindru.  It is no wonder that this facility has been ranked number one in the region consistently by a survey undertaken by the health authorities. You may recall that last year we also had the privilege to celebrate not one but three centenarian birthdays. This could not have been accomplished without the state-of-the-art care which PICS Assisted Living provides.” 

Cheema also took this opportunity to raise awareness on PICS’s long term care facility, Guru Nanak Diversity Village “Further to our conversation about senior’s care, PICS Society is building a 125-bed long term care facility that will provide much needed culturally sensitive care to the seniors in our community. The building permit application has been submitted to the city planners and we request Mayor Brenda Lock to help expediate the approval process so we can help and improve the lives of more seniors.”  PICS Society looks forward to providing continued care and support for our seniors and celebrating more centenarian birthdays.