Talent show highlights Country Terrace residents’ many gifts

Saundra, a resident at Country Terrace, is seen here singing during the home’s Aug. 2 talent show.

‘We are a very talented group here,’ says organizer

Country Terrace life enrichment aide Alysha Verhoeven was recently inspired to create a resident talent show at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home to showcase people’s gifts.

“I was just thinking about how we have a lot of residents here who sing and dance, so I thought we should do a talent contest,” Alysha tells The OMNIway.

On Aug. 2 Country Terrace hosted its first resident talent show. About 40 of the home’s 120 residents attended.

Jean, a 103-year-old Country Terrace resident, performed for everyone at the home’s talent show.

One resident played harmonica. Alysha notes the resident was reluctant at first, but once he started, “he kept going – he loved it, so that was a lot of fun,” Alysha says.

Jean, a 103-year-old resident, sang a song. There were also dancers.

Whereas most talent shows highlight people who sing, play musical instruments or dance, the Country Terrace event delved deeper into residents’ skills.

One of the residents is a talented painter, and she had some of her paintings on a wall, so Alysha did a show-and-tell session to showcase her paintings.

Another lady is an expert quilt-maker, so Alysha showed everyone one of her quilts.

One resident has a son who is an Olympic skier, so the team showed a video of his son skiing.

Alysha says she hopes to host other resident talent shows, adding these events would be ideal for learning about people’s gifts.

“We always have new residents coming in, and it’s nice to be able to get to know them, and this is one way because you can learn something new about them,” she says.

Alysha adds that she was happy to see such an array of talent at the event.

“There were all sorts of things we saw, so it was a lot of fun,” she says. “We are a very talented group here.”

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