Country Terrace enhances Christmas fundraiser with new idea

Country Terrace residents Aafke (left) and Folkert (right) Graansma flank life enrichment co-ordinator Christie Patterson in this photo taken during the home’s Nov. 28 open house.

Country Terrace residents Aafke (left) and Folkert (right) Graansma flank life enrichment co-ordinator Christie Patterson in this photo taken during the home’s Nov. 28 open house.

Home switches annual bazaar to an open-house format with positive results

When Country Terrace staff saw dwindling numbers of vendors and community attendance at its Christmas bazaar in 2014, the life enrichment team decided to change the format to maximize the annual event, which raises money for the home’s residents’ council.

Instead of hosting a bazaar, the team decided to create an open house, complete with a bake sale, a Salvation Army band playing Christmas songs, and refreshments offered in a tea room set up in the home.

“It was well received by residents and families,” life enrichment co-ordinator Christie Patterson says of the Nov. 28 open house.

“We wanted to (continue with an event where) the residents could purchase some small gifts for family and friends, (and) enjoy some good music and Christmas cheer.”

Patterson attributes the small numbers of people attending the home’s recent Christmas bazaars to the fact that similar events are held in the community. The home wanted to do something different.

By having the Salvation Army band come to the home and by keeping it a tight-knit occasion, Country Terrace was able to make the most of the event.
All money raised from the open house goes to the home’s residents’ council, which uses the money to fund outings and in-home entertainment.

Given the success of the inaugural open house, Patterson says the home will be hosting another one next year.

“This event will be something we will do in the future,” she says.

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