Unexpected visit from Dave Nash brings round of smiles from residents
Rosebridge Manor residents and staff members were enjoying an ice-cream social during the afternoon on Canada Day, when a top-hatted familiar face strode into the long-term care home.
It was Merrickville-Wolford Mayor Dave Nash, who, accompanied by his wife, was dropping in unannounced at different venues around the area to help people wish Canada a happy 150th birthday.
Rosebridge Manor hosted a Canada Day party a day early, on June 30, and followed up with an ice-cream social on July 1. The ice-cream social saw staff members making cones for residents with a wide variety of ice cream. The social was already in high gear when the mayor walked into the home.
“We already had the home decorated with lots of Canadian flags, and when the mayor came he handed out more flags … (and) socialized and participated in the festivities,” Rosebridge Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Kathy Barr tells The OMNIway.
Many residents posed to have their photo taken with the mayor.
“Everyone had a really nice afternoon,” Kathy says. “The residents were pretty pleased with the mayor’s visit because a lot of them grew up in the area, so it was a big thing for the mayor to show up for Canada Day.”
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