How a morning beauty parlour turned into an afternoon Miss Frost Manor pageant

Resident Heather Marshall, pictured above, was named the 2020 Miss Frost Manor on Feb. 6.

Residents and team members come together to create a day of events that promoted positive self-image

What started as an in-home beauty parlour for Frost Manor residents one morning turned into a photoshoot by the afternoon and a beauty pageant that saw a surprised Miss Frost Manor crowned by the end of the day.

On Feb. 6, the Frost Manor life enrichment team decided to host a beauty day. Staff members spent the morning hosting a beauty parlour where residents could come in and get their hair and makeup done.

This was going so well that by the afternoon team members decided to have a photoshoot for residents, who got dressed in their favourite outfits and posed with flower bouquets.

Everyone was chatting, laughing and discussing what colours and outfits looked best on each other, just like in any other beauty parlour, says life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton.

“What I really liked is how each of the residents encouraged each other, complimenting and enjoying each other’s company,” Lyndsay tells The OMNIway.

Photos from the shoot are now on display in Frost Manor’s lounge, and Lyndsay says team members are hoping this will encourage other residents to participate in future activities like this one.

“Often, as women age, their self-confidence diminishes with the changes in their bodies, (and) we wanted to promote a positive body image and make each resident feel special and beautiful,” she says.

At one point it was noticed that the flowers looked like “pageant flowers,” Lyndsay says, and this sparked an idea for a Miss Frost Manor contest.

Lyndsay and personal support worker Sue Cardona created a Miss Frost Manor ensemble, complete with a tiara, flowers and sash for the winner.

Residents and staff members then voted for the best pose of the day, and resident Heather Marshall was named the 2020 Miss Frost Manor.

“It was a complete surprise to her,” Lyndsay says. “Heather said, ‘I have never won anything, I can’t wait to tell my sister,’ as she laughed with tears in her eyes.

“It was a really special moment,” Lyndsay says. “Heather can now grace the halls of Frost Manor as Miss Frost Manor for the year.”

Since this event was such a success, Lyndsay says there will be a repeat next year.

“The event went over so well, we plan to do it again. We look forward to seeing who will be named Miss Frost Manor for 2021,” she says.

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