Residents council votes to put winning funds into a day of celebration

Puppeteers were among the guests of the Family Fun Day held Aug. 20 at Garden Terrace.

Puppeteers were among the guests of the Family Fun Day held Aug. 20 at Garden Terrace.

Garden Terrace Family Fun Day made possible through campaign win

The Garden Terrace residents’ council voted to host a Family Fun Day with the funds the council received as a result of Garden Terrace winning an award in this year’s Better Seniors’ Care campaign.

The Kanata long-term care home received top honours for its home-size category in this year’s letter-writing contest aimed at improving funding for Ontario’s long-term care sector.

Garden Terrace sent 1,720 signed letters to the provincial government during the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA’s) annual letter-writing campaign.

For its reward, the home received $700 in prize money and OMNI Health Care matched that amount, bringing the total to $1,400.

The residents’ council wanted to spend the funds on something that would be entertaining for everyone, says resident Diane Beaudoin, a member of the council.

From puppeteers to snow cones, music to cotton candy, the Aug. 20 gathering had all the fun of carnival-like events of old.

“It brought me back to my childhood,” says Beaudoin, noting her favourite part was the barbecue. Asked what colour she would give the energy of the day, the resident chuckles as she says “red, because they did such a terrific job, and I think red is the top.”

“It was a really beautiful day,” says administrator Christine Schyf. “We saw lots of engagement from the residents with all the activities. You could see the residents had huge smiles that day.”

A number of families of residents as well as managers from the home brought their children to join the festivities.

It was the warm, happy spirit of the day that dropped her back to her childhood, Beaudoin adds.

“Everyone was so agreeable and helpful.”

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