Sea Cider
(photo via Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse)

A local cidery is inviting people to raise a glass to B.C.’s top doc with a new beverage they have named in her honour.

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse has launched “Temperance Bonnie,” a non-alcoholic sparkling juice that draws its label from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Part of the cidery’s “Temperance” series, the Bonnie is made from blackberries and B.C. apples.

In recognition of the drink’s ties to B.C.’s health care, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse is donating $1,000 in proceeds from their first batch of Temperance Bonnie to Family Caregivers of BC.

“For much of this year I’ve been in crisis mode trying to navigate the healthcare system while running Sea Cider.” said Kristen Needham, Sea Cider’s Owner and General Manager.

“It’s made me appreciate how much family caregivers do, and how caregivers are true partners in the healthcare system.”

Family Caregivers of BC is a non-profit organization that offers support to family caregivers including one-on-one emotional support, help to navigate the health care system, and resources including newsletters, webinars, and training workshops.

Needham called the organization the “unsung heroes in our families” and said that the cidery wanted to recognize Dr. Henry for her leadership as well as other providers.

“As we near the end of an extremely challenging year, we need to remember not only those who have needed health care, but also the care providers…in the words of Dr. Henry to, ‘Be kind, be calm and be safe’.”

Temperance Bonnie is available for purchase on the Sea Cider website.