Michael Short felt a community breakfast was the perfect way to start “Islaview Day” in Deer Lake — known itself as “Islaview” for today — this morning.
“To give back to the community,” said the father of Isla, the three-year-old girl who died of cancer this past November.
“Because they’ve done so much for our family when we were going through it.”
In the time that followed, Michael and his wife Sarah successfully established the Islaview Foundation, with the goal of providing financial support to any family with a child suffering through a life-threatening illness.
It was also determined every first Friday after the Victoria Day long weekend would be deemed “Islaview Day,” which gets underway with the free community breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Sponsored by Foodland, the breakfast will be held at both Emmanuel Pentecostal Church and the Salvation Army Church.
From there, the ActiveLife Physiotherapy-sponsored Islaview Market at Islaview Studio will take place from 1-3 p.m., featuring Foundation merchandise, baked goods, jewelry, and other items made especially for this event.
The official opening of Isla’s Swing at Nicholsville Playground follows that, at 3:30 p.m.
“Isla’s wish was to get a new swing set for the playground,” her father said.
A benefit concert caps off the slate of events, starting at 7 p.m. at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Church, featuring several acts including Meena Lodge, Krista Noble and the Humber Valley Vocal Club, Dan Bursey and the Hand-Me-Downs, Gary and Whit, Bridget and Dahlia, Other Than Sunday, The Fays, and several more.
There are also expecting to be buskers performing at various locations throughout the day, and dignitaries such as Premier Dwight Ball and Mayor Dean Ball will be in attendance.
Raising money to help those families currently experiencing what the Short family were forced to face head on is certainly a focus throughout the day.
“That’s one less stress they’re going through,” Michael said.
But it’s also to create a genuine sense of community togetherness.
“Spreading lots of love around the town — we want to show love to people and … encourage people to pass on that love,” he said.
“And just show that, when we do come together as one, we can really help out a lot of people here.”
For more information, visit the Islaview Foundation page on Facebook.