Resident teaches Girl Guides a new song during a recent visit

A group of Girl Guides is seen here performing for Forest Hill residents in December.

Barbara Brownhill wanted to share something with the group from her days as a Guide 60 years ago

When a group of Girl Guides stopped by Forest Hill recently to sing for residents, their performance was a big hit with the crowd.

But for resident Barbara Brownhill, it was also a chance to reflect on her own days as a Girl Guide – and teach the younger generation of Guides something new.

Craig Forrest, the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says Barbara was singing along to the songs word for word – she remembered them from when she was a Girl Guide.

Then Barbara wanted to speak with the Guides.

“She was chatting with some of the Girl Guides after, and she told them that they were singing the exact same songs she had sung as a Girl Guide 60 years ago,” Craig tells The OMNIway.

Craig says Barbara then taught the Girl Guides a song she had sung when she was a member. It turns out it was a song their leaders had never even heard.

“And they said they were going to start using that song now,” Craig says.

OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes have been working on building strong relationships with their local communities in recent years, and Craig says Forest Hill has been seeing increased involvement from the Girl Guides and Beavers.

He says intergenerational get-togethers are fruitful for both residents and children.

“It’s nice that we have the Beavers and the Girl Guides coming in – the residents love it,” he says.

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