Prom night comes to Garden Terrace

When it was discovered that some residents never attended prom, team members organized a special event

After several Garden Terrace residents mentioned they had not gone to their high school prom, the life enrichment team decided to create a prom night for them on Sept. 22.

“We thought it would be a fun idea to bring prom to Garden Terrace,” says Rachael King, the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

The event was a chance for residents who didn’t attend their prom to experience something new; for residents who did attend prom, it was an opportunity to reminisce about fond memories, Rachael says.

Residents got dressed up, and the life enrichment team worked with the ladies to apply makeup, curl hair and put on jewelry, she adds.

Some residents asked other residents to be their date.

A major highlight of the event was the voting for prom king and prom queen. After votes were counted, John Koiste was elected prom king and Eleni-Sahie Woldemariam received the honour of being prom queen.

Additionally, certificates of recognition were handed out to each resident attending the prom. The certificates were awarded to residents for a variety of attributes, including best bingo player and nicest smile.

Like with any prom, there was lots of dancing, Rachael notes.

“Many residents knew some dance moves from years ago – like the twist – and that was nice to see because many of them are great dancers,” she says.

At the end of the prom, residents got to have their photos taken in front of the Garden Terrace prom sign team members made.

There was a strong social aspect to the Garden Terrace prom, which, says Rachael, was an added benefit.

“There was lots of mingling, and a lot of the residents got to meet people they didn’t know,” she says.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Garden Terrace prom queen and king Eleni-Sahie Woldemariam and John Koiste are pictured here during the prom event the home hosted on Sept. 22.