A Donor's Story

"People like us can make it happen. We make the difference."

by Philip Vechter

My Donor's Story

Donor Philip Vechter shares his
story about why his family
has chosen to donate
to Columbus Residence

In January 2009 my father, Charles Vechter, was on an emergency waiting list to enter a care home. He was living alone in his apartment in Vancouver. He was alone, sick and no longer able to take care of himself.

The social worker told us we could expect to wait 30 to 60 days at best for my father to be placed in a facility. We were also told that my father could be sent anywhere in the Lower Mainland and that private accomodation could not be guaranteed; he would have to take what was first available.

And now the good news. Within a week, I received a telephone call from the Director of Care at Columbus Residence. I remember it clearly, it was a Friday afternoon and he asked for the family to bring our father in on Monday, but what really made an impression on me was his compassion and understanding over the phone. It was like this was their first resident.

I was not disappointed. From the moment Charles stepped into Columbus Residence he received the greatest of care.

Charles was given a private room with private bath and all of his needs were attended to on a 24 hour basis. Whether it was special medical attention, dental hygiene, baths, massages, setting up medical appointments, taking medication, or his spiritual, recreational and dietary needs; Charles received the very best service possible.

But one activity had a very special place in Charles' heart. It was the "Mystery Drive" bus tours. He loved them and tried to participate on as many of the trips as possible. But he also had a concern and that was for the age and condition of the bus so he instructed his family to donate towards fulfilling his dream of a new bus for Columbus Residence.

We donated to the new bus fundraising campaign while Charles was alive and again after he passed away in October 2010.

A Donor's Story

Philip Vechter with his father, Charles
at our annual Summer Social & BBQ

We all know that budgets get tighter and tighter every year in all aspects of publically funded care homes. Whether it's for a bus or equipment or other need, it is very important for families and friends of these facilities to step forward and contribute where possible. People like us can make it happen - we make the difference.

Many thanks again to the awesome staff and volunteers of Columbus Residence. Each and every day you make the world a better place.


A Donor's Story is a feature to our website in which donors share their personal experiences of Columbus Residence and what has motivated them to donate to us. If you are interested in learning more about donating to Columbus Residence or about our ongoing fundraising campaigns, please visit our DONATE page.