Honouring two special women
The anniversary of Christchurch’s earthquake on February 22 was especially poignant for Harbourview rest home residents who lost a caregiver in the quake, and soon afterwards lost their head of staff to cancer.
A memorial garden has been planted in memory the two women.
Filipino caregiver Lalaine Agatep died in Christchurch’s Canterbury TV building during the February quake while attending an English language course.
The garden had been the brainchild of former Harbourview facilities manager Geraldine Stevenson, who died of cancer last July.
Scented herbs, flowering trees and a fountain will give residents a space for reflection and relaxation, facilities manager Shane Whaanga says.
Dozens of residents and staff wearing red rosettes gathered under shelter in the driving rain on February 22 to honour Ms Agatep and Mrs Stevenson.
A kowhai tree was planted in their memory by Ms Agatep’s sister Leila Garcia and Mrs Stevenson’s husband David Stevenson.
We remember: From left, deputy mayor Liz Kelly, Leila Garcia, sister of caregiver Lalaine Agatep, who died in the Christchurch earthquake, David Stevenson, husband of Harbourview facility manager Geraldine Stevenson who died of cancer last July, and Harbourview facility manager Shane Whaanga.