Known for her bubbly personality, Eva (Eve) Dalzell has been nominated for the 2021 BC Senior Living Association LEAP Award in honor of the positive atmosphere she helps create for her fellow citizens at The Shores Retirement Residence. in Kamloops, BC, where she lives.
Eve sits on various committees at The Shores and encourages her fellow citizens to participate in the many activities that take place every day. She has been an active member of the community since she moved in six years ago and was nominated for the LEAP Award by the members of the team at The Shores.
“I couldn’t believe them at first,” Eve said when asked how she felt after learning she had been nominated. “It made me cry.”
“Eve is adorable,” said Larissa Kolle, resident engagement manager at The Shores. “She likes to call bingo, call residents to remind them of meetings, and drop get well cards to residents who need a pickup.”
Eve was born in January 1940 in Whitecourt, Alberta. She grew up with her grandparents. His grandfather owned a farm and a sawmill in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He was making offers on which forests to harvest, and the family had to move accordingly.
The farm was small, and his grandfather had built the log cabin they lived in, which was dug with local clay. They had a few cows, horses, and chickens, but Eve said the farm was quite small.
When Eve was 5 years old, she contracted rheumatic fever. She fell very ill and had to be hospitalized. Because of this, her grandparents thought it best for her to stay out of the cold and sent her to boarding school for Grades 1 and 2. From Grades 3 to 7, the family moved almost every year between Alberta and British Columbia, eventually settling in British Columbia. She spent the remainder of her school years in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. When she was in grade 12, she met her future husband, James Dalzell.
James was 21 and was in the military as a flagman. He and Eve married in 1957 and moved to Vancouver, where James was stationed. She worked as a cook in Vancouver at the Roundup Café, which is still there, until she had her daughter.
“I often say he took me out of the Dark Ages. We didn’t have electricity, so it was literally dark,” Eve said with a laugh. On the farm, she and her family had to stay within three feet of an oil lamp or be swallowed overnight.
Their daughter was born in Vancouver in 1958. Eve was very ill during the pregnancy and the doctors thought she might not be okay, but she assured James that everything would be fine. Fortunately, they both were. Even then he had a son in 1960. He weighed 9 pounds 12 ounces – Eve is 5 feet 2 inches tall.
“I was done after that,” she said with a laugh.
James was in the military for 25 years, during which time they had several assignments including Halifax and Germany. Eve loved their posting to Germany as they were able to travel all over Europe for five years.
When the children were grown up, Eve went back to cooking.
“I loved to cook. My husband said to me, “you know typing and shorthand, why don’t you work in an office? Because it would have been easier for me. But I told him I didn’t like it, and I think you must like your job or what’s the point? ”
After James retired, he and Eve spent time fishing and camping. Eve had ¼ acre of land with them and she loves gardening.
She has lived at The Shores for the past five years and continues to enjoy life and all the activities on offer. As a sociable person, Eve always encourages her peers to come join her for whatever is offered. Eve has always loved sports, even becoming the MVP of several teams when she was younger, and she continues to bring that energy with her.
“We played games based on the Olympics last week and I got archery gold,” said Eve. “But that was only because I had a better strategy.”