Residents’ Council funds pavilion at Woodland Villa

Woodland Villa residents are enjoying the outdoors, courtesy of a new pavilion at the home.

Woodland Villa residents are enjoying the outdoors, courtesy of a new pavilion at the home.

‘It’s quite nice out there,’ resident says

Heber Robertson is enjoying the fresh air and cool breeze a new pavilion at Woodland Villa provides.

Robertson, president of Woodland Villa’s Residents’ Council, can take pride in the fact he helped create this tranquil outdoor space for residents and staff at the Long Sault long-term care home.

With its red tin roof and wooden frame, the structure is about 20-by-18 feet and is wheelchair accessible. It was to be officially unveiled Sept. 3 during a ribbon cutting at Woodland Villa’s fall fair.

It’s already being utilized by residents and staff alike, Robertson says.

“I thought it would be a nice place for us to sit out under the trees and in the shade, get away from the building a little bit and give us a little more freedom,” Robertson tells The OMNIway.

“It came to pass.”

“It’s a nice area out there.”

He personally takes advantage of the space “quite often” and says it’s a place for residents to visit with their families and for employees to enjoy their lunch breaks. Equipped with electrical, residents can listen to music, for instance.

“The Residents’ Council brought up the idea during a council meeting one day,” Lisa Doran, life enrichment co-ordinator, says.

“They wanted somewhere in the summer they could go with shade.

“Residents had specifications about what they wanted. They wanted it to be wheelchair-accessible and they wanted power out there to the pavilion.”

The council wrote letters to area building supply companies to solicit donations and secure good prices on materials. The group also undertook some fundraising and used previously-raised money available in the Residents’ Council fund.

Construction took about a month-and-a-half, with local St. Lawrence College students building the pavilion.

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