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Sandy BellSandy Bell
Award for Excellence in Community Services

Sandy is the Director of Quality & Education Services at the Misericordia Health Centre. Sandy has just completed her Masters of Nursing Degree and chose for her Thesis “Vision Care Services for the Personal Care Home resident; An unmet need for the Elderly.” Following the completion of her Masters degree, she decided that there may be more that could be done in the area of vision and care of the elderly. She lobbied Manitoba Health to fund her “Vision Screening” project, which would detect visual impairment in Residents that have entered the Long Term Care program. Her Vision Screening project officially named “Eyes on the Elderly – a Falls Prevention Initiative” has been approved and funded by Manitoba Health and is being piloted out of Misericordia Health Centre beginning May 1, 2006. Her long range goal is to have vision screening offered in a community setting.

Our congratulations to you Sandy for initiating what appears to be a very worthwhile endeavor.

Recreation Department, Recreation Department, Tuxedo Villa
Award for Excellence in Recreation Therapy Services

As you know this year the Winter Olympics were held in Turin, Italy. The recreation staff at Tuxedo Villa decided to hold their own Olympics for the residents at the same time as the ones in Turin. They built an outdoor curling rink, a biathlon trail, snowshoe course, cross country ski trail and organized residents into competitive events. They awarded medals to winners, took pictures of the residents participating in the events and emailed some of them to the resident’s families. The Games were enjoyed by all and it seemed to connect the residents to current affairs around the world as well as being very invigorating for them.

The award was presented to Twyla Crystal, Recreation Co-ordinator at Tuxedo Villa and her staff.