The ornamental cherry trees, gardens and even the trails through the forest are bursting with flowers, with beauty, with such hope! Here at the Sorrento Centre, we have started the process of planning a re-opening, perhaps as early as July. BC Premier John Horgan has released a ReStart BC plan, public health and other authorities are issuing lots of detailed technical guidelines - and the Sorrento Centre staff is busy with plans.
Be safe, be slow, be small - that is our mantra.
Earlier this week, a note was sent to all the hundreds of guests registered for our summer programs. All events and activities to the end of June have been cancelled or postponed, and all big events in August have also been postponed to 2021. But we may be able to offer a "small" summer with fewer guests on campus.
Our first commitment is to the health and well-being of our guests, staff and neighbours - so we are carefully assessing the public health guidelines.
We want to hear from our guests and our course leaders for summer programming. We asked them if they feel comfortable returning to the Sorrento Centre this summer; and also if they would prefer just rest and relaxation instead of courses in the arts, spirituality and music. The early feedback has been strong: About half the people who have responded say that they don't want to travel to the Sorrento Centre this summer; and the other half are keen to come. We want people to feel comfortable and safe, so it is important that our guests know that we value their decisions.
Share your ideas, concerns, suggestions and thoughts with Executive Director Michael Shapcott.
Stay tuned for more information in the coming days, and more details on possible plans for the summer...