Supporting seniors in our communities
Since 1930, ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen has been here sharing recipes and advice with you. Our original aim was helping homemakers get the best results when using natural gas. Back then, it was an exciting and new fuel to most Albertans. We taught them how to use new appliances powered by natural gas and offered recipes best suited for this “wonder fuel.”
Today, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sharing our meals with isolated seniors. ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen is proud to work with the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society to provide meals to isolated seniors in Calgary. Physical distancing has left many seniors feeling particularly isolated and alone. That’s why our talented and caring culinary team has committed to provide 5,000 nutritious and delicious meals to seniors who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and live alone, with a caregiver or in a seniors’ complex in Calgary.
“Without a doubt, this is a highlight of their days during this difficult time,” says Lori Paine, Executive Director of the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society. “Seeing a friendly face, getting a delicious meal and a colorful piece of artwork with a special message from ATCO families is like having a birthday or thanksgiving every day! It’s a beautiful gesture.”
Watch behind the scenes from the BFK kitchen to final destination.
In addition to meals, we’re sharing the chance for families to stay connected. Through our Loaner Equipment Program—a program that has for many years allowed various community organizations to borrow ATCO tents, BBQs and soundstage set-ups, free of charge—we’re dedicating our suite of equipment exclusively to support the efforts Alberta Health Services (AHS) in the face of COVID-19.
Our partnership with AHS began in April 2020 when provincial health care staff from Grande Prairie and Peace River reached out with a need for outdoor shelter to support drive-thru COVID-19 testing, which we were pleased to be able to deliver.
In addition to utilizing our tents to support testing efforts, long-term care facilities across the province of Alberta expressed a need to provide seniors and their families some shelter from the outdoor elements in order to support outdoor visitations and smaller, physical distancing gatherings. Our ATCO canopy tents are now providing some shade and comfort for seniors at care centers across Alberta!
Care centers can apply online to request canopies at their location and, if required, our people will help deliver and set up the tents onsite.
“It was like God answered our prayers when we got the message from ATCO offering to loan tents to continuing care sites to support outdoor visits,” said Lynn Klein, Senior Director of Operations, Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre, Covenant Health.
“We are so grateful for the support ATCO has provided us through the loaning of these tents. Navigating the world that COVID-19 has presented to us is made so much easier by community partners such as ATCO.”