Riverview Manor hosts barbecue to thank volunteers

Riverview Manor life enrichment aide Rosemary Roseborough cuts into volunteers’ “thank-you” cake during a June 14 barbecue at the Peterborough long-term care home.

‘Each and every one of you plays a very special role here’

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor honoured its volunteers on June 14 with a barbecue to thank them for their service to the Peterborough long-term care home’s residents.

April 23-29 marked the 76th annual National Volunteer Week. While most OMNI Health Care long-term care homes host events during this week, Riverview Manor hosts its volunteer celebration in June when the weather is warmer and more conducive to outdoor barbecues.

About 25 volunteers turned up to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, cake and pop in the home’s courtyard. The event, which went from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., had perfect weather, too.

“I want to thank you from Riverview Manor and myself for coming to your barbecue,” residents’ council president Donna Wilson told the volunteers. “It’s a wonderful day. Somebody must have been smiling down on us.”

Volunteers play important roles in long-term care homes. Volunteers donate their time to helping residents, which enhances quality of life for people living in the homes. They also alleviate some of the workload for staff members by providing quality one-to-one time with residents and assisting with activities and outings.

“Each and every one of you plays a very special role here, whether it’s helping residents with activities or helping them in a spiritual manner or bringing your pets here so (residents) have a chance to have their visits and have a hug from the fur children that come in,” life enrichment aide Rosemary Roseborough said in a speech.

“We are truly blessed to have so many different varieties of folks that come and dedicate their time and their energy and put their whole heart and soul into (volunteering). We can’t thank you enough.”

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