Laurie has been a dedicated volunteer at the home for 10 years
LINDSAY, Ont. – Laurie Brooks says she “always wanted to look after people,” so she decided to try her hand at volunteering at Frost Manor. Ten years later, Laurie is still a regular volunteer at the Lindsay long-term care home.
Laurie says some of her favourite work with Frost Manor residents is helping with activities. Bingo, shuffleboard, bowling and the annual camping trip are some of the activities Laurie says she enjoys helping with most.
“I will help with whatever they need help with,” Laurie tells The OMNIway.
Laurie says what has kept her volunteering at Frost Manor for a decade is the residents. The residents, she says, are fun to work with and she enjoys their company.
“The residents are caring and they enjoy having me here,” she says.
Asked what she would tell people who were considering a volunteer opportunity at Frost Manor, Laurie says she would highlight the residents.
“I would tell them the residents are nice and kind,” she says.
Life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Irwin characterizes Laurie as a “bright, bubbly personality who always brings a lot of life to the home.”
She adds that Laurie is a fan-favourite volunteer among residents.
“The residents are always looking forward to her when she’s coming in, and they are always asking about her,” Lyndsay says. “We think of Laurie as staff, because she’s a regular here and really a part of Frost Manor.”
Frost Manor honoured its volunteers with a special luncheon on April 19. Nutritional care manager Zach Jarvis and his team prepared a lunch of pork chops with a rosemary-sage cream sauce, roasted potatoes and vegetables, with cheesecake for dessert. Lyndsay gave a speech thanking all volunteers for their work and dedication to residents.
April 15-21 was National Volunteer Week 2018. The week is marked by events nationwide that celebrate volunteers and all they do to enrich the lives of others. This year marked the 77th National Volunteer Week.
Anyone interested in volunteering at an OMNI Health Care long-term care home can call 1-705-748-6631 for more information.
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