Local florist donates roses to Streamway residents

Streamway Villa resident Iris Webb receives a rose from life enrichment aide Chelsea Tinney.

Kind gesture ‘brightened everyone’s day’

Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty is giving a shout-out of appreciation to a Cobourg florist for thinking of the long-term care home’s residents during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Julie McCuaig, the owner of Quinn’s Blooms and Greenery, donated red roses to Streamway Villa recently to help lift spirits during the pandemic.

The Ontario government ordered all nonessential businesses in the province to close their doors to the public in an effort to help mitigate risks as Canada and the world continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, effective 11:59 p.m. on March 24.

Not wanting her stock to go to waste and hoping to make a difference to residents, Julie donated the roses to Streamway Villa on March 23.

As part of safety protocols, the roses were quarantined for 24 hours to ensure they were risk-free before they were handed out to residents.

Each of the 59 residents was given a rose.

Christina thanked Quinn’s Blooms and Greenery in a social-media post.

“Thank you so much for your thoughtful kindness,” she wrote. “They (the roses) are beautiful and brightened everyone’s day!”

Streamway Villa, along with OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes, is closed to everyone but essential visitors to protect residents and team members during the COVID-19 crisis.

Christina tells The OMNIway that the roses could not have come at a better time.

“We just got out of an outbreak, too, so we needed something like this,” she says.

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