Car clubs return to Garden Terrace – and bring back favourite memories for residents

The Ottawa MG Club and the Ottawa Car Club once again join together to create a meaningful event for residents

Members of the Ottawa MG Club and the Ottawa Car Club returned to Garden Terrace May 18 to provide the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s residents with a car show that was engaging and brought back fond memories.

The classic-car clubs were last at Garden Terrace in September, and that car show went so well that life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King asked them to return.

Residents and Garden Terrace team members walked around the home’s parking lot to look at the cars – many of which were not at the last show – and ask questions.

Rachael says the best part of the event was watching residents reminisce about the classic cars they owned or had a connection with.

There were a variety of different makes and models of classic cars on hand, the oldest being a model from the 1940s, Rachael says.

One car, a classic Cadillac, brought back a favourite childhood memory for one resident, she notes.

“One resident, in particular, remembered his grandpa driving the Cadillac … and he had a lot of fond memories of being in that Cadillac,” Rachael tells The OMNIway.

“That was really nice to see.”

During the event, tea, coffee and cookies were served to everyone. Rachael commends the life enrichment team members who volunteered their own time to help make the car show a success.

Looking ahead, Rachael says there may be more opportunities this summer for residents to attend car shows, adding there will be one in the area in August residents and staff might check out.

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