Margaret and Ken Smith lead the parade rally in their 1966 Fargo. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Show and shine of gratitude hits the road for Salmon Arm caregivers

Salmon Arm Vintage Car Club members spend Mother’s Day expressing gratitude and thanks

Caregivers, hospital workers, seniors and others were treated to a rolling show and shine of gratitude on Mother’s Day, courtesy of the Salmon Arm Vintage Car Club.

Club members driving a mix of vintage and modern classics made their way through town Sunday, May 10, going by several care homes/facilities, as well as Shuswap Lake General Hospital for a Classic Car Caregivers Parade.

First stop on the parade route was Andover Terrace, where senior residents and care givers watched the procession of steel, chrome and rubber, waving at the drivers and passengers who waved in return, many carrying signs offering thanks and encouragement. While Andover residents enjoyed viewing the vintage vehicles, club president Ken Smith said parade wasn’t about cars but people.

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“It is not about us nor our cars, but about our sincere love and appreciation for all those caregivers in our community who not only work tirelessly, but even in some instances put their lives on the line for us, day after day, 0ften without thanks or any public recognition,” said Smith.

Smith noted one of the vehicles involved in the rally, a 1915 Model T Ford, has been through two pandemics, referring to the Spanish Flu of 1918-1920.

The Salmon Arm Vintage Car Club was started in 1982 and currently has about 75 members.

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Lou and PD Toop give thanks to caregivers in their 1957 Ford Fairlane 500. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

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