West Lake wraps up first-time Christmas door decorating contest

Aside from being fun for residents, families and staff, the contest also proved to be an excellent team-building exercise

West Lake Terrace’s first annual Christmas door decorating contest has come to a close, and the residents who judged the competition had such a hard time picking a winner from all the creative designs that in the end the winners were drawn from a hat.

The contest engaged residents, their family members and the West Lake Terrace team. Working in teams, participants decorated doors throughout the Prince Edward County long-term care home with an array of colourful and elaborate Christmas-themed designs.

Among the designs teams created were Snoopy sleeping on his decorated dog house, Santa and Mrs. Claus driving a car, and Santa’s reindeer in their stable.

In November, participants were provided a list of all the doors at West Lake Terrace. Each team reserved a door to decorate with a winter or holiday season theme.

Some doors were decorated by teams of residents and staff members, while some residents paired up with family members for the contest.

Residents were asked to judge the designs, but they had a tough time, says West Lake Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Janie Denard.

“The residents could not choose the best door, as they all felt everyone deserved to win,” she tells The OMNIway.

The resident judges requested Janie put the door numbers in a hat and draw for two winners of the gift cards that were provided as prizes by supplier Handicare Canada.

The winners picked from the hat were screener Kim Dawe and personal support worker Linda May.

Along with the fun everyone had, Janie says the door decorating contest also proved to be an excellent team-building exercise.

“It was so great to see all departments involved and helping each other out by sharing ideas and supplies,” she says.

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