Burnbrae Gardens helps resident Muriel Hay celebrate her 100th birthday

A party and greetings from dignitaries marked her special day

Burnbrae Gardens resident Muriel Hay turned 100 on Oct. 29, and team members at the Campbellford, Ont. long-term care home helped her celebrate her special day in style.

Muriel, who is known around Burnbrae Gardens for always cracking jokes and her sense of humour, was treated to a birthday party that featured a cake, presentations and everyone singing Happy Birthday to her.

Muriel received a certificate from Ontario Premier Doug Ford wishing her a happy 100th birthday, and team members put the wording from the certificate on the home’s big-screen TV so everyone could read it.

Burnbrae Gardens’ newest centenarian also received a certificate from Trent Hills Mayor Bob Crate to congratulate her on her milestone birthday.

Muriel’s son and niece also attended her celebration, and team members created balloon art and decorations that were set up on a wall that served as Muriel’s photo booth for the day.

Life enrichment aide Shawna Booth, who organized the celebration, made a slide show that featured photos of Muriel.

Muriel was presented with a large birthday card filled with happy wishes residents and staff members wrote for her that Shawna put together.

Muriel, who grew up in the Campbellford area with a farming background, recalls “working in the fields baling hay” when she was a girl, but when asked if she thought all that hard work contributed to her longevity, she points to another source: good genes.

“My father lived to be 90,” she tells The OMNIway.

And what did Muriel think of her birthday party?

“It went out with a bang,” she says. “You bet it was (a good party).”

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