‘This is what it’s all about here – family and friendships’
LINDSAY, Ont. – Frost Manor went all out to host a party for resident Vi Quibell to help her celebrate her 104th birthday on June 5.
About 40 people, including Vi’s family, her fellow residents and staff members from the Lindsay long-term care home were on hand to wish Vi well and spend time with her.
After guests sang Happy Birthday for Vi, a special birthday cake was served along with tea, coffee and punch. Staff members and Vi’s family also set up a table with photos of Vi taken throughout her life. There was even a framed letter on display that Vi received from Queen Elizabeth II to congratulate her on her 100th birthday in 2014.
There was a photo of Vi with her husband, Ted, taken on their wedding day, June 18, 1938, and there were many pictures of Vi with her grandchildren, some of whom were at the party.
In fact, Vi’s grandson, Jeff Tompkins, who was in attendance, was also celebrating his birthday that day.
Vi, a retired nurse, is a resident who is always fun to work with, says Lyndsay Irwin, Frost Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator.
“We always love joking with Vi; she has got such a great sense of humour and such a great smile, so every time she goes around with her smile, she will have everyone else smiling with her,” Lyndsay says.
“The residents love hanging around with Vi, and she always comes up and visits everyone.”
Lyndsay adds that Frost Manor team members “love” hosting special events like this for residents and their families.
“This is what it’s all about here – family and friendships, and we want families to feel welcome to have events like this here because Vi is part of our family, too,” she says.
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