Teamwork once again ensures Country Terrace annual BBQ goes off without a hitch

Despite unfavourable weather and a last-minute entertainment cancellation, the landmark event carried on without any bumps

For the second straight year, the Country Terrace team pulled together to make sure unfavourable weather didn’t get in the way of everyone having a great time at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home’s annual family and friends barbecue on June 16.

Clouds and rain at last year’s event prompted guests to move inside; the culprits this year were heat and humidity, but some guests still chose to eat outside while others were invited inside.

Although it didn’t rain that day, ominous clouds in the sky caused team members to create a contingency plan, so indoor seating was pre-arranged.

Another obstacle at this year’s event came up when the scheduled entertainer had to make a last-minute cancellation, but the Country Terrace team was able to quickly work together to find a replacement.

The theme for this year’s barbecue was the “Fabulous 50s,” and the barbecue had a 1950s-style diner vibe to it, with hamburgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and ice cream served to guests, courtesy of nutritional care manager Alex Achillini and his team.

“We may have had some hiccups with the weather and entertainment being cancelled the night before due to illness, (but) with the new entertainment we booked and the food, everyone had a great time with family and friends,” Country Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Christie Patterson tells The OMNIway.

Along with the annual Christmas dinner and open house, the annual family and friends barbecue is one of Country Terrace’s landmark events.

Christie says the event is open to an unlimited number of guests so every resident “can have that big family barbecue that they’re used to having.”

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