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100 hand painted rocks spread joy at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops

Staff at Sahali Dental Centre in Kamloops with rocks they painted for healthcare workers at Royal Inland Hospital.
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More than 100 keepsake rocks were recently hand painted and gifted to healthcare workers at Royal Inland Hospital.

The colourful rocks with painted faces of doctors and nurses were created by staff at Sahali Dental Centre and Prism Dental Laboratory “with a goal of lifting spirits and making people smile,” according to a RIH Foundation media release issued today, June 30.

It isn’t the first time the group has painted and gifted the special rocks. In September 2021, they hand painted 215 little shoes on rocks to show their respect for the children discovered at the residential school.

After some encouragement from patients, Kim LaBerre decided to gather the group again, this time to show appreciation for hospital workers. 

“As professionals in the healthcare industry, we understand the nuances and challenges that medical staff have faced over the last few years,” LaBerre said in the release. “The staff at RIH have gone above and beyond their call of duty to ensure the health and safety of our community, putting others needs before their own. We appreciate their effort and would like to thank them so much.”

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The rocks were collected from riverbanks in Revelstoke and on the Peterson Creek Trail in Kamloops.

Once painted they were gifted to healthcare workers at the recent Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Tower open house, then distributed to hospital staff to boost morale throughout their shifts. The workers are encouraged to share the rocks with others to bring them joy.

“With this personal gesture, this was their way of showing appreciation to the staff," the release said. "Healthcare workers are encouraged to share the joy the rocks bring and share them with other people that could use it."

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