Vintage car show gets Garden Terrace residents reminiscing

Community connections helped make this memorable event possible

Garden Terrace residents were recently treated to a vintage car show at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home, thanks to volunteers from two local car clubs who generously donated their time and hot rods.

On Sept. 7, members of the Ottawa MG Club and the Ottawa Car Club brought their vintage wheels to the Garden Terrace parking lot for residents to see.

There were 16 cars at the home that day, including classic MGs, Rolls Royce models and muscle cars.

“The idea behind the car show was to get the residents to reminisce, which a lot of them did,” Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King tells The OMNIway.

“Residents talked about how they used to sit in the old car seats back in the day. And it was also a way to get the residents outside and doing things – that was a big goal.”

Rachael says about 30 residents attended the event. The volunteers chatted with residents about their cars and answered any questions they had. Residents were also invited to sit inside the cars.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, protocols were in place to keep everyone safe. The car club members had all been fully vaccinated, everyone wore masks, and residents, staff members and the car owners were provided hand sanitizer.

Rachael came up with the idea for the car show. She connected with the car clubs, and the clubs contacted their members who volunteered their vehicles and time.

“Everyone who came out was really excited; they were all very kind and it was very nice of them to volunteer their time,” Rachael says.

“The residents got to chat with people in the community and reminisce together, which was great.”

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