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Prime Minister among well wishers for Tsawwassen senior's 106th birthday

Delta firefighters and Beach Grove Elementary students part of celebration

It was a big birthday bash at the Waterford that even got the attention of the Prime Minister.

Doreen Ferguson celebrated her 106th birthday in grand style at the Tsawwassen retirement community on Wednesday complete with a congratulatory message and certificate from Justin Trudeau.

Delta firefighters also dropped by to serenade Ferguson from the Windsor Woods courtyard as she listened and cheered from the balcony.

Beach Grove elementary school delivered 47 handmade birthday cards and also created a musical video greeting especially for her. It’s the latest act of care and kindness from the Grade 6 students that have developed friendships with many of the residents through the pandemic.

Ferguson also honoured by friends, family and staff with a tiny party that featured a chocolate and cherry cake, afternoon tea, plenty of flowers and many more cards.

“I’m in a dream world. “This is all so wonderful!” said Ferguson who remarkably still resides in independent living.

Ferguson's daughter Anne Lowrey noted this is the second world-wide pandemic her mom has lived through. The last time was the Spanish Flu in 1918 when she was three and actually came down with the virus.

"It's been a tough year, as it has been for all families, and was very stressful with the outbreak (at the Waterford), so a big relief it is over," said Lowrey. "She has seen a lot!