Joan was honoured for her many years of community service during a ceremony at the Peterborough LTC home
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor resident Joan Brownson recalls her father’s words of advice: “Always look up, never look down, and you’ll be all right.”
She says she has lived by these words her entire life and attributes this positive attitude to her happiness.
But staying positive wasn’t always easy, especially in the early 1940s. Born in Coventry, England, Joan recalls the city being bombed during the Second World War and people living in bunkers.
Wanting to make a difference to the war effort, Joan enlisted in the British Army and served until 1947. In fact, Joan served with Princess Elizabeth, who would become Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. She knew the future monarch well.
“We were pals; we called her Lizzy,” she fondly recalls.
Joan, who moved to Canada in 1957, has dedicated much of her life to public service. She has served as a volunteer with the Special Olympics and has been involved with the Royal Canadian Legion.
Today, Joan serves her fellow Riverview Manor residents as a member of the home’s residents’ council. She says she has always felt a commitment to helping others and being involved in her community.
“I like to poke my nose into everything,” she chuckles.
Joan also raised five sons, one of whom, Tim, is also a Riverview Manor resident. Being a mother is perhaps Joan’s greatest achievement, and she beams with pride as she speaks of her children.
“They’re all doing well and are quite happy, and so am I,” she says.
For her community contributions, Joan was presented with the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA) Lifetime Achievement Award. The organization explains the award on its website.
“The award is bestowed on an individual who has made remarkable accomplishments and outstanding contributions to society, their community and/or their long-term care home.”
The Peterborough long-term care home hosted a ceremony on Sept. 25 to present Joan with her accolade as well as to present staff members with Riverview Manor’s Everyday Hero and Inspired Leadership awards. Long-time staff members were also honoured for their service to the home.
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