Village Green celebrates 40 years of serving community

Greater Napanee LTC home lauded at celebration for its family atmosphere and the value its people bring residents and the local region

SELBY, Ont. – Village Green on Sept. 21 hosted a celebration to mark the long-term care home’s 40th anniversary serving residents and the community of Greater Napanee.

More than 100 people turned up at Village Green Sept. 21 to celebrate the Greater Napanee long-term care home’s 40th anniversary.

More than 100 people, including past staff members, Village Green co-founder Vera Richards, Ontario Long Term Care Association CEO Candace Chartier, people from the community, representatives from OMNI Health Care and Greater Napanee’s mayor stopped by Village Green to join the celebration.

The afternoon events, which were held inside the home and outside in the parking lot, included musical entertainment from Bill and Marlene Dunn, refreshments, speeches and an open house.

Village Green opened its doors on Aug. 27, 1978. Since then, the home has prided itself on providing a family atmosphere for residents to live in and for staff members to work.

About one-quarter of staff members have worked at Village Green 20 years or longer. Some staff members, including the housekeeping department’s Mary Estabrooks and personal support worker Anne Marie Scott, have been working at the home for nearly as long as it has been open.

Today, Village Green’s staff members bring a combined 798 years of service to residents.

Speeches made during the event attest to the value Village Green has been bringing to its residents and the community since 1978.

OMNI’s mission is to help people “experience hope, purpose and belonging in health care.” In his address to attendees at the celebration, OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy said Village Green, with its strong family atmosphere, demonstrates this.

“The staff and management here at Village Green exemplify (OMNI’s mission) and are all-stars when it comes to delivering hope, purpose and belonging in health care, and quality care and personal care, which is so wonderful – it really and truly is an extended family, and you can see that and feel that when you come here,” he said.

Greater Napanee Mayor Gordon Schermerhorn took to the podium to share his memories of growing up in the area and to thank Village Green for its work.

“(Village Green) has been a big part of our community … and you supply a great service for the elderly in our community,” he said.

Kimberley Wickens, who has been a Village Green resident for two years, characterized Village Green’s staff members as supportive, caring and considerate.

“For physical and emotional strength, this is the place to be,” she said.

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