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Streamway residents attend Remembrance Day ceremony at Cobourg cenotaph

A wreath dedicated to veterans living at Streamway and other OMNI homes was laid at the memorial

About 15 Streamway Villa residents and accompanying staff members attended a ceremony at the cenotaph at Victoria Park in Cobourg on Remembrance Day.

Although it was a cold, cloudy day, the group of residents bundled up in warm clothing and made the one-kilometre trek with staff members from the home to Victoria Park to attend the service.

Among the residents attending the ceremony were three veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Marnie Burke served as a nurse in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and was stationed in Victoria, B.C., during the Second World War. Tom Stewart served in the Canadian Army. Streamway Villa’s newest resident, Robert Thompson, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Streamway Villa residents and team members brought a wreath to the service dedicated to the veterans of the home as well as veterans living at OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes.

During the service, Streamway Villa administrator Kylie Szczebonski was called to lay the wreath at the cenotaph on behalf of everyone at the home.

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Riverview Manor residents, staff and families collaborate to deliver Remembrance Day service

‘It was a great team effort from everyone’

Riverview Manor held its first Remembrance Day service since 2019, thanks to a collaborative effort among residents, families and team members at the Peterborough long-term care home.

There was no Remembrance Day service at Riverview Manor in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with a green light to host a service this year, everyone came together to ensure this important day was honoured at the home.

Unlike past Remembrance Day services at Riverview Manor, this year’s memorial did not feature involvement from the community due to pandemic restrictions still in place.

However, with everyone working together, Riverview residents were provided with the same Remembrance Day service itinerary as always, says life enrichment aide and service organizer Rosemary Roseborough.

“In other years there would have been a bagpiper and representatives from the legion, along with representatives from the different branches (of the Canadian Armed Forces),” Rosemary tells The OMNIway.

Residents and staff members were involved with the service, which included laying the Remembrance Day wreath and readings. Music normally played on pipe or piano was played on CDs during the service.

The service also honoured two people who passed away in 2020 and are missed at Riverview Manor.

Master Corporal Maury McCrillis of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, who had been the bagpiper at past Remembrance Day services, passed away in May of that year. Pat Byatt, a Veterans Affairs liaison, passed away in August 2020.

Riverview resident veterans Joan Brownson and Frank Lindsay wore their military uniforms and gave readings and dedicated the Remembrance Day wreath.

Family members also helped residents get ready for the service, Rosemary notes.

This was the 20th anniversary of Rosemary organizing the Remembrance Day service at Riverview Manor, an honour she says was made possible by strong collaboration from everyone.

“It was a great team effort from everyone, and I could not have done this without the support from everyone else,” she says.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Riverview Manor resident veterans Joan Brownson and Frank Lindsay lay a ceremonial wreath at a Remembrance Day service at the Peterborough long-term care home.

Garden Terrace pays tribute to veterans on Remembrance Day

Six resident veterans attended the emotional service

Garden Terrace hosted a Remembrance Day service Nov. 11 to pay tribute to those who have served Canada and to honour the soldiers who didn’t return home from war.

Attending the service were six veterans living at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home, some of whom saw combat, who wore their uniforms and medals, says Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King.

There were also some residents attending who had spouses or other family members who had served in the Armed Forces, she adds.

About 12 residents as well as family members and staff attended the ceremony.

Rev. Jonathan Kelly from Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church read Scripture as well as John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields.

Bagpiper Brandon Stewart went to the courtyard and played songs, such as Amazing Graze, as part of the service. There was a moment of silence and a wreath-laying ceremony at the service as well, Rachael notes.

Rachael says the service was a sombre occasion, especially for the resident veterans attending.

“It was a very emotional service for them, but they were very grateful that they got to experience it,” she tells The OMNIway.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Resident Jack Dean and bagpiper Brandon Stewart are seen here during the Remembrance Day service at Garden Terrace.

Springdale honours veterans with Remembrance Day programs

Although it was a smaller event this year due to restrictions in place to keep everyone safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Springdale Country Manor still honoured Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 with several activities throughout the day.

The day’s events included a two-minute moment of silence and a video program about Canada’s military history and Canadian veterans was played for residents throughout the day, says the Peterborough County long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator Sonia Murney.

“We did our moment of silence, and in the afternoon one of the LEAs (life enrichment aides) brought a small group of residents together to do a service and to have singalongs,” she adds.

Sonia also read a poem and the Legion prayer over the intercom.

While there is only a few veterans living at Springdale Country Manor, the resident veterans received some extra attention, Sonia says.

“One resident veteran had a visit from her daughters, and for the other veterans we made sure they got some extra TLC,” she says.

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Riverview Manor honours veterans during early Remembrance Day service

Riverview Manor resident Joan Brownson is pictured here laying a wreath at the Peterborough long-term care home’s Remembrance Day service.

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – About 70 residents, along with staff members, families and other visitors, attended Riverview Manor’s early Remembrance Day service on Nov. 8 to honour veterans and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during wartime. Read more

Maplewood PSW goes above, beyond call of duty

Employee supports resident during emotional time

A recent Remembrance Day ceremony moved a Maplewood resident to tears. Read more

A soldier’s memories: Burnbrae Gardens resident recounts his military service

Burnbrae Gardens resident Phillip Ash is pictured here in his uniform in front of the memorial the home has created for Remembrance Day.

Burnbrae Gardens resident Phillip Ash is pictured here in his uniform in front of the memorial the home has created for Remembrance Day.

Phillip Ash served a combined 42 years in the army and Veterans Affairs Canada

Burnbrae Gardens resident Phillip Ash has dedicated his life to military service. This is evidenced by his medals that are so numerous they barely fit onto the uniform he proudly wears. Read more

Students and residents collaborate on Remembrance Day

The Willows hosts an innovative multisensory program honouring veterans

November 15, 2013 — Deron Hamel 

Residents at Willows Estate collaborated with a group of York University nursing students Nov. 8 in an innovative, multisensory

York University students pose with a wreath made by Willows Estate residents for Remembrance Day.

York University students pose with a wreath made by Willows Estate residents for Remembrance Day.

program that honoured those who have served in the Armed Forces.

Residents were provided with visual and auditory PowerPoint presentations incorporating photos; John McCrae’s famous poem, In Flanders Fields; and a sounding of trumpets.

Afterwards, the students encouraged residents to share their memories of people who served in the military. As part of a question-and-answer session, residents explained to the group what Remembrance day means to them and why it’s an important part of our culture.

Residents also spoke about their family members who had served.

“They were talking a lot about their own parents and what they went through — a lot of the residents said that, in their homes, war was not to be spoken of,” Jacqueline Sands,one of the students, tells the OMNIway.

Aside from the program’s obvious cognitive benefits, the activity also focused on residents’ motor skills. The students guided residents as they made impressive memorial wreaths that were displayed in the Aurora long-term care home.

Sands says she and the other students were most impressed by the residents’ teamwork that day.

“What we were really fascinated to find was the high degree of respect for one another that was in the room — if one resident was having difficulties, another resident would step up to help,” Sands says. “That was very nice to see.”

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