Resident handyman has been a big help to Maplewood maintenance department

Harry Mitchell has put his experience in maintenance work to great use at the Brighton, Ont. LTC home

Harry Mitchell is an active resident at Maplewood who is also a big help when it comes to assisting with repairs that need to be done at the Brighton, Ont. long-term care home.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began 11 months ago, Harry was often out and about in town, visiting with friends and neighbours. But since the pandemic was declared, Harry has used his work experience helping Maplewood maintenance manager Calvin Tracey with projects.

Harry, who has experience working in property maintenance, has his own tools which Calvin stores for him and is working on finding Harry his own tool bag.

Last Thursday, after helping Calvin with some lift repairs, Harry visited Maplewood administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator Rachel Corkery in her office to present her with a bill for his service.

“Harry is quite the Character,” Rachel says, adding she played along and presented Harry with his “payment” — an image of the back of a $5 note and a letter thanking him for his service.

Rachel says the help Harry provides Calvin is valuable on several levels.

“Calvin goes above and beyond to include Harry in his daily work, and (this) makes a world of difference in Harry’s quality of life,” Rachel says. “But I think Harry also makes a world of difference in Calvin’s life, too.”

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