For close to 20 years, locals have watched the Tree of Dreams light up at the Penticton Regional Hospital on Dec. 1.
It’s become a Penticton holiday tradition and one those at the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation hope never goes dark.
And on Friday at 4 p.m., things were bright, as the Tree of Dreams lit on the hospital’s rooftop for the 18th consecutive year.
“It’s part of the foundation’s history of honouring and respecting the healthcare workers and showing them our appreciation,” said Ian Lindsay, executive director of SOS Medical Foundation. “I think it’s really important for us to take that time and say ‘thank you.’”
The Tree of Dreams sits on the hospital’s roof all year, but its bulbs aren’t lit until Dec. 1.
Lindsay, who assumed his duties as the foundation’s executive director in September, says it’s important to bring “holiday cheer” to the hospital every year.
“I would also describe it as a bridge between the community and hospital,” Linsday said. “I’ve from people that they really enjoy seeing it, especially with the days getting so much shorter.”
“I think it’s pretty awesome,” added Tracey Dueck, director of finance at the medical foundation. “It sits here all year and then we light it up.”