Lions reach out to residents of Village Green
The Tamworth and District Lions Club first reached out to long-term care homes including Village Green to celebrate the renovation of the Beaver Lake Park in Tamworth; everyone had such a good time, that the Lions have repeated the outreach annually.
“If you only knew how much the Lions club enjoy doing that event,” says Lions member Wayne Rice. “The people who ride on the boats get such a big kick out of it. A woman in her 90s last year said it was her first time ever out on a boat. Our member really enjoy engaging with the residents, letting them see something new.”
Nine residents, four volunteers, the life enrichment co-ordinator and a life enrichment aide from OMNI Health Care’s Selby, Ont. home took part in a barbecue and pontoon boat rides on Beaver Lake organized and hosted by the Lions Aug. 14.
“The residents had such a good time a few years ago, that the Lions Club members decided to have the event every year to give to the community,” says life enrichment co-ordinator Karen Coulter.
“The residents enjoy getting together with others in the community and enjoying the summer activities and the great outdoors. It is a new experience for some, as they have never been on a pontoon.”
For many residents, the outing brings back memories, she adds.
“Many of the residents are from this area. They tell stories of Beaver Lake, boating, fishing and summer holidays, and of course the smell of a BBQ by the lake.”
Among its many community services, the Tamworth Lions Club maintains Beaver Lake Park. The boat tours of the lake for seniors and special needs groups are part of its outreach to the community, under its motto “We serve.”
“The Lions members are so gracious and go out of their way to assist residents and make the afternoon wonderful for all,” Coulter says.
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