A taste of Mexico comes to Forest Hill for Cinco de Mayo

Forest Hill resident Margaret Bryce and LEA Karime Chavolla are seen here during the home’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Residents treated to celebration of Mexican culture

Forest Hill residents celebrated Mexican culture May 5 when the Ottawa-area long-term care home hosted a Cinco de Mayo party that featured Mexican food, music and even a presentation about Mexico’s national holiday.

To honour the day, the life enrichment team decorated the activity room with a Mexican theme, and staff members served Mexican food. Life enrichment aide Karime Chavolla, herself of Mexican heritage, brought homemade guacamole she made using her grandmother’s recipe. Team members also served nachos and virgin margaritas in salt-rimmed glasses.

The afternoon event was attended by residents, family members and staff.

Karime even did a presentation about Cinco de Mayo to explain why it’s Mexico’s national holiday and the significance of the day to the people of Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo honours the Mexican army’s defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, during the French occupation of Mexico.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Craig Forrest says Karime did an excellent job teaching everyone about the significance of Cinco de Mayo, adding she enjoyed taking the opportunity to explain why the day is important.

“She really enjoyed doing the presentation, and she was very proud to share her grandmother’s guacamole recipe with everyone as well,” he says.

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