This year’s recipient in Community Services is Bev McCallum.
Bev is the Coordinator of Community services at Middlechurch. Bev has
been nominated for her achievements in reaching out to community shut-ins
through friendly phone calls, increasing visibility of programs through
public speaking and newsletters. She networks with other community programs
and is a member of the community council in her area. Her colleague
writes, “One of Bev’s many talents is her ability to transform
an ordinary activity centre into special themes such as the OLD WEST,
or an ORIENTAL theme. Her visual displays and bulletin boards catch
everyone’s eye and helps the community participants easily identify
where and how to get help. Her love for her job and her clients is evident
in all that she does and I cannot think of more deserving employee to
receive the Award for Excellence in Long term Care community service.”
Congratulations Bev, for all you have done and all that you do! Your
work is appreciated.
year’s first recipient for Recreation Therapy Services is Vista Park Lodge – Recreation Staff.
Dehab Mabae, Eileen Lussier and Tammy Reihl work as a team at Vista Park
Lodge. They have been nominated in the Recreation Service category for
their part in the outstanding work in developing a Beefs and Bouquets
program for the residents with moderate cognitive impairment. The team
noticed that these residents are not always part of the facility’s
resident council and therefore their voices may not be heard. This program
is specifically tailored to empower these residents by giving them simple
choices using an informal, non-threatening atmosphere. The program has
been successful in providing these residents with a unique venue to voice
their preferences for activities, meals and entertainment. The team even
chose the name with the residents in mind … it is from the long
standing radio show on CJOB.
A colleague writes, “Even though there are times when residents
may not know or realize they are being empowered, we know we are facilitating
it. The greater crime would be not to try. Without the perseverance and
commitment of the recreation staff, this program would not have been the
success that is”.
Congratulations to Dehab, Eileen and Tammy!
year’s second recipient for Recreation Therapy Services is the Alive Focus Team – Valleyview Care Centre.
Karla Struthers and Connie Krahn accepted the award on behalf of the Alive
Focus Team. As a team, they hosted an “in-home” summer day
camp for children ages 6-11. Children participate in various activities
with residents. Intergenerational visits are one of the key components
of the Alive Philosophy. Both the children and the residents benefit from
the relationships formed.
A colleague writes, “I believe this team’s efforts in promoting
the “between the generations’ ALIVE philosophies is commendable.
The day camp was a means of children interacting with the resident all
day every day, being able to curb boundaries of communications and promote
a culture of understand and acceptance. Mary sits in a wheelchair and
holds a doll but to the children she is simply Mary who they included
in all their programs”.
The wheelchair and her limitations became secondary to her undivided attention
in their activities.
The success of the program can be measured by the residents waiting at
the door as “the children are coming today!!!”
Congratulations to the Alive Focus Team at Valleyview Care Centre!