Blue Water Rest Home
Exceptional long-term care in a relaxing rural setting
Meals on Wheels, wellness and transportation programs for seniors living in Zurich and area
West Huron Care Centre
Hub of community services in the Municipality of Bluewater
Senior Living Apartments
Independent living for seniors at Birchwoods, Cedarwoods and Maplewoods apartments
This has been a difficult week. On Monday afternoon, we learned that our Physiotherapist, Salman Afzaal was killed, along with his wife, mother, and daughter, while his son remains in hospital. This tragedy has struck deep to the core of many residents and staff here at West Huron Care Centre/Blue Water Rest Home. While we have been working through our grief, supporting residents and staff, we recognize the impact Salman made on each of us and how we can honour him and his family in the coming days, weeks and beyond.
Salman was integral part of our team for the past 2 years and a key supporter of our residents and their individual needs and goals. He was intelligent, gentle, and kind. Salman had an impeccable memory and was the most gracious and thankful person. He taught us the value of kindness, being intentional with our words, actions, and support. He was strong in faith, a dedicated and proud father. We have been blessed to have Salman as a team member and supporter here at WHCC/BWRH.
To honour Salman and his legacy, we ask that you spread blessings, joy, and love. We ask you to be inclusive, non-judgmental, and kind to one another. We ask that you take time to educate yourself on islamophobia and racism, and how you can be part of changing our future, so that is based on inclusion, kindness, and love.
A loss such as this is so hard for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and his son. RIP
Such a great loss and a tragedy to everyone. My deepest condolences.
A very sad time for all your residents and staff. Such a tragedy.
Prayers for healing of the residents and the Muslim community 🙏🏼
My heart breaks for this family. Beautiful tribute from the West Huron Care Center. Wishing sincere condolences to all.
I am truly sorry for your very big loss and grief. Hurting with you. ❤️
He sounds like the kind of person who will live on forever by his love and kindness.
so very sorry for your loss! sounds like he was a beautiful soul🙏
This is where my Mom.is living and has had the benefits of his care
Sad beyond words. God bless his family & prayers for the littleboy for his recovery. He evidently touched and helped alot of people.
Very sorry for your loss! The entire country lost a brother, a father, a mother a grandma and our beautiful teenage daughter! May their spirits rest in peace! ❤
Condolences to Co- workers, Residents, Families & Friends...Bless you all during this most difficult time. RIP Salman & Family...& May his little boy heal.
Sorry for the family members and friends. The best way to show respect for them is to show love, understand and care for all.
A lovely testament to your colleague and his family. Deeply touched by this tragedy and senseless loss
We share your grief and sentiments as we too at Meadow Park in Chatham were honored to work with Salman for the past 2 years. Thinking of your home and staf, we too are trying to understand why this has happened to such a kind, gentle, beautiful soul!💔💜💚 We are all better and richer for having known him!
Such a horrific event and a terrible loss of some truly beautiful people. My heart is so sad. I just don't understand how people can hate one another like that. Sending love and healing light to the 9 year old son. May we all live with more tolerance, acceptance, understanding and love.
So sorry to hear of this tragic event.condolences to all the lives that were enriched by Salman and his family
He sounds like he was an amazing person, as your post echoes what we have seen in posts from the other people he worked with. We are so very sad (and angry) that such a caring individual and his family are gone, and in such a senseless, horrific act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with their son, their extended family, the community. And we pray that as Canadians we find a way to stamp out racism and hate crimes.
May our Lord,what you may call him welcome them into his arms. Bless and keep them and may the little boy be healed.
So sorry for your loss.What a horrible and needless act. Condolences in my prayers.
I am so sorry for your loss and your staffs. This is just so hard to understand, just such a tragedy. Prayers to all and wishes for recovery for his son.
RIP and may this world learn to stop judging and just help each other where you can prayers
I am so proud of the city of London that showed up 20,000 strong in support of our Muslim neighbours..I believe that the majority of Canadians are welcoming and honourable to all. This was a horrendous act by one person full of hate and misunderstanding. I pray he acted alone and not under another’s influence.
May the family Rest In Peace and the little boy have a good future😢
May his light be remembered and help guide us to a kinder place. May the senseless hatred that took his life be a reminder to all of us to look for the good rather than the not good so his life and all he gave will not be in vain
So sorry for your loss, what a tragedy for sure, may we all learn from this 💕
I love living here. There is a feeling of community and we all look out for each other. The activities offered here are always fun and you are welcome to join in if you would like.
Marge S, Seniors Independent Living Tenant
I enjoy it all! The meals are good, the supports and staff are fantastic, I couldn’t want more. I love my apartment and the view from my patio door, and make very good use of my patio space every chance I can.
Dot H, Seniors Independent Living Tenant
We couldn’t say enough great things about living at Maplewoods. We feel safe and happy where we live, the care is excellent, and we enjoy the variety of wellness programs available. We feel the Community Outreach team reaches our needs and exceeds our expectations.
Kate and Mike M, Seniors Independent Living Tenants
I feel pleased and blessed to be living in a great senior’s apartment, and the Community Outreach staff work hard to meet everybody’s needs. The wellness services offered are a great way to maintain a social connection with the community. I really enjoy the hot and frozen meal deliveries, as we support local businesses and can enjoy a healthy, perfectly portioned meal at a very affordable cost.
Marilyn H, Community Outreach participant
As my husband (co-resident) always says, ‘we have a roof over our head, a warm bed to sleep in, 3 meals a day and all the help we could ever need, what more could we ask for?’ I enjoy playing physical games as it always involves a lot of laughter. Listening and singing along to old time music at musical entertainment programming brings me so much joy. It is also such a blessing to have access to the Huron County library so that I can keep reading.
Marion S, Blue Water Rest Home resident
I get all the care I need and then some. The staff are very enjoyable and always make me feel welcome, no matter what the circumstance.
Jean H, Blue Water Rest Home resident
I appreciate the care that I receive from staff and there is always something to do around here if you want to be involved. My favourite programs are small group exercise class, ice cream social visits, musical entertainment and happy hour!