Home casts fishing derby for residents, family members

Rosebridge Manor event nets participants of all ages

A recent fishing derby was a real catch for residents and family members of Rosebridge Manor.

The Jasper long-term care home reeled in residents and loved ones of all ages for the popular activity on Aug. 22 at a nearby canal, which is part of the Rideau lock system.

“It was a perfect day,” says Kathy Barr, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) at Rosebridge Manor.

“The weather was awesome.”

Men and women alike enjoyed casting their lines and quite a few small fish were caught, ranging from perch and sunfish to catfish and a bass. All of the catches were returned to the canal after photos were taken.

“There was a big interest,” Kathy says. “The women were just as gung-ho as the men. Anybody who didn’t want to fish sat and watched and championed whoever got a fish.”

The event drew 15 residents, seven staff members and about 10 family members. Participants enjoyed a picnic lunch.

For fun, Rosebridge recognized the person who caught the biggest fish and the participant who netted the most fish with prizes.

“It was a good day.”

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