Village Green hosts community bazaar

‘It was one of our best ever,’ LEC says

November 12, 2013 — Natalie Hamilton

Hand-knit sweaters, jewelry, baked goods and unique crafts were among the items that helped draw a large crowd through the doors of Village Green recently.

The 66-bed OMNI long-term care home in the hamlet of Selby, Ont. hosted its annual Christmas craft and bake sale on the weekend.

With 23 tables spread out through two rooms and a steady flow of traffic, the event was a great success for a number of reasons, says Karen Coulter, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).

“It was one of our best (bazaars) ever,” Coulter tells The OMNIway.

“We had to open another room.” Coulter says the parking lot was packed and shoppers meandered through the bazaar, which featured 20 community vendors, a table of goods baked by family and staff, a residents’ table and a refreshments table.

Vendors donated raffle items and people purchased tickets, which will be drawn during the residents’ Christmas party Dec. 17. Profits from the bazaar and the raffle tickets support the residents’ council fund.

Having community members visit the home was another key factor in the success of the event, Coulter notes.

“The biggest thing is the togetherness,” the LEC says.

“It’s such a wonderful community event. The atmosphere was very magical.”

Village Green administrator Linda Pierce provided tours of the home for those who requested to see more.

Residents were delighted to host so many guests. “The residents enjoyed it so much,” Coulter says, noting, “we have some ladies who like to shop.”

Coulter organized the bazaar with the help of several volunteers — people who “go out of their way” to help Village Green. Family members and volunteers helped put up posters, ensured a creative advertisement was published in the local paper and assisted with the set up and dismantling of the event.

“It was a team effort.”

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Long-time staff acknowledged at Village Green celebration

A scene from Village Green's recent 35th anniversary celebration.

A scene from Village Green’s recent 35th anniversary celebration.

35th anniversary a time to reflect on people’s


October 16, 2013 — Deron Hamel

Village Green’s rural location, coupled with the home’s friendly staff members and OMNI Health Care’s corporate culture, has resulted in many people spending the bulk of their careers at the Greater Napanee long-term care home, says administrator Linda Pierce.

Pierce, who has herself worked at Village Green for 25 years, says staff members’ commitment was top of mind during the home’s Oct. 7 celebration commemorating its 35th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, several staff members received pins acknowledging their many years of employment at Village Green.

Commemorative pins were awarded to staff members to honour five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service.

“There were a phenomenal amount of pins given out that day,” Pierce says.

The home, which is located in the small village of Selby, is also a centre point for employment in the community, Pierce says.

“It’s a nice home,” she says of Village Green. “It has a really nice culture, and the people here are in it for the long run and we have very devoted people who really stick to it and they’re hard-working; they have common values and common goals.

“And the (staff members) love what they’re doing, so they’ve stayed here,” the administrator adds.

While Village Green had a large party for its 30th anniversary in 2008, the home decided on a quieter celebration in 2013. The event was advertised locally, and residents, their families and staff members past and present attended.

At the party, a 35th anniversary cake was presented and Bill Dunn, a local entertainer, provided music. The home also combined Thanksgiving into the 35th anniversary events, with a turkey dinner provided to staff members on all shifts.

Keep reading the OMNIway for upcoming stories about Village Green’s long-time staff members.

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