Pleasant View Housing Society was established in 1980 to build and operate a care facility on municipally owned land in the 7500 block of Hurd St. in Mission. The Society took over responsibility for the care of residents in a home first operated by the District of Mission and then by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 57. Once the new 75-bed Pleasant View Care Home was opened in 1981 the former home was demolished and Pleasant View Apartments was built in its place (1989), providing 41 apartments with rents based on income.
In 1992, a 19-bed Special Care Unit called Memory Lane was added to Pleasant View Care Home to care for those who had difficulty with memory, perception or intuition. To help these cognitively impaired residents feel at home, and to establish “landmarks” within the unit, a number of murals were commissioned. These assisted in creating a “homelike” and “backyard” ambience, rather than an institutional feel.
Two murals, seen in the photos here, can be found in the common hallway that lead to the Park Side dining room. Portions of the murals, painted by Cheryl Fortier and Lynn Pajunen, formed an integral part of the care and treatment program at Pleasant View Care Home and are preserved here.
In April 2014, Pleasant View Care Home closed, residents were moved into a new facility, and a major renovation project got underway. In 2015, the Society, in partnership with Fraser Health Authority, opened Pleasant View Campus of Care for adults with mental health concerns. Updating the building meant the murals were going to be destroyed. When the Society recognized this, they cut four sections of the walls away to salvage and preserve them.
Now framed, two can be viewed at the Mission Museum and these two displayed here are at Pleasant View Campus of Care. We offer the preservation of these murals to honor the Municipality, the Legion, the many staff and volunteers, and in memory of Mission residents who called Pleasant View their home.