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Knitting lots of bears for children in Africa with HIV. Photo by Jan Boas
General News · 20th February 2018
Lorena Teames
September 13, 1930 - February 18, 2018

I met Lorena Teames on a sunny day more than 10 years ago when I became the Seniors Helping Seniors coordinator on Cortes. She told me “I could call her any time” if someone needed a hand and she would be happy to help. In the 4 years that followed, she did exactly that. There was a good pool of people that volunteered, but Lorena was the #1, from the beginning until the end.

I must have called on her 1000+ times. Small & big favours, no matter what I threw at her, she was game to make it happen, happy to give her time. She would get up at 6am to get people to the clinic for blood, drive them to medical appointments off island and wait all day and bring them home. She would sit with seniors that were home bound on a rotating schedule and bring their partners relief for that much needed break. She collected money for the lunches, called around for things we needed, bring them here there and everywhere and collect everything again. She visited our list of people that needed a check in once and a while and had many cups of tea while visiting, never in a rush.

She did so much, it often filled her day and she never complained, or said no. She loved talking on the phone and often would call to fill me in on what happened and in the mean time would knit away with her little dogs at her feet or in her lap. She was an avid knitter, the kitchen scrubbies we all use and purchased at the Christmas Bazar every year were hers as were the beautiful bears she knitted that went to the children with HIV in Africa.

I will never forget her, she made so many people’s life easier, so many children smile and I learned a lot from her.

Friends of Lorena will gather in early April to remember her while having a cup of tea and some of her favourite cookies. Place and time tba.

I wandered lonely as a cloud 
That floats on high o'er vales and hills, 
When all at once I saw a crowd, 
A host, of golden daffodils; 
Beside the lake, beneath the trees, 
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. 

Continuous as the stars that shine 
And twinkle on the milky way, 
They stretched in never-ending line 
Along the margin of a bay: 
Ten thousand saw I at a glance, 
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. 

The waves beside them danced; but they 
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: 
A poet could not but be gay, 
In such a jocund company: 
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought 
What wealth the show to me had brought: 

For oft, when on my couch I lie 
In vacant or in pensive mood, 
They flash upon that inward eye 
Which is the bliss of solitude; 
And then my heart with pleasure fills, 
And dances with the daffodils.

Poem by W. Wordsworth

Always happy to help.
Always happy to help.
Checking out the Seniors Housing before occupants moved in.
Checking out the Seniors Housing before occupants moved in.
Daffodils on Cortes - for all of us to enjoy. Thank you Marg and Lorena + ...!
Daffodils on Cortes - for all of us to enjoy. Thank you Marg and Lorena + ...!
Comment by Delores on 24th February 2018
I have fond memories of Lorena. Her sun allergy made us friends when Don and I were warning folks to cover up at the Seafood Festival. Then as she cared for Dick, and finally as Dick slowly left her, we shared a bit of the experience as Don worsened.
She was a great contributor to the community and I will always remember her.
a true friend
Comment by Patricia on 23rd February 2018
So many cups of tea and chats enjoyed through the years. So many reminders of a dear friend.
Sad to Say Good Bye
Comment by Heather Bruce on 23rd February 2018
I am saddened to see that Lorena is no longer with us. She was everything that everyone wrote...and thank you, Ester, for posting such a loving tribute. I know her family wanted her to move off the Island years ago, when her husband had to be moved to Campbell River, but she loved her home and friends on Cortes and didn't want to leave. Many people stepped up to support her wishes. Cortes Island is such a special place and those of us lucky enough to have found it and met Lorena will continue to remember her kind heart and speedy needles....
thankyou Lorena!
Comment by elinore on 21st February 2018
Thanks to Lorena for all those years on the Seniors Helping Seniors Committee, for her wise and thoughtful insights into the individual seniors, many of whom were her friends, who might need something we could provide. She was never condescending, but yet would do anything to make life easier for people. She was also feisty and funny, and she always seemed to get it right! I still miss her helpful phone-calls.

And thankyou Ester, too, for your right-on comments!
We surely miss Lorena.
Bye Lorena.
Comment by Chris Good on 21st February 2018
Thanks for the time.....
Fondly remembered
Comment by Jill on 21st February 2018
Lorena was so generous with her time and energy - in so many organizations, at so many community functions over the years. We will miss you, Lorena.
Comment by Bernice on 20th February 2018
Lorena was truly one of the unsung heroes of Cortes. She was always willing to help out and I think she must have volunteered in most island organizations. She discreetly and quietly helped so many people. I am glad she found a safe harbour for her last days. Farewell Lorena and rest in peace.
Farewell old friend
Comment by Brigid on 20th February 2018
I still have one of her exquisite little mice, this one is knitting-real tiny knitting needles, real tiny stitches-it has had pride of place on my Christmas tree for at least 20 years, now I will treasure it more than ever.