The contribution and constructive influence of volunteers in a long-term care residence setting can’t be overstated.

Those that give freely of their time to learn the residents of Miramichi Lodge in Pembroke had been honoured not too long ago at a volunteer appreciation garden social gathering within the courtyard of the long-term care residence, which is funded collectively by the County of Renfrew and Metropolis of Pembroke.

This marked the primary volunteer gathering for the reason that begin of the pandemic. Whereas actions had been curtailed by COVID-19, the hope is that issues can get again to regular so volunteers can resume common actions as soon as once more.

Paul Moreau, Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk for the County of Renfrew, famous he had not been at a volunteer appreciation occasion on the Lodge since 2018, however he’s completely happy to see the spirit and power of the volunteers remains to be evident.

“Our volunteers are the spine of what we do right here and the way we assist our residents,” Mr. Moreau mentioned. “Now that we’re getting again to regular, we will reengage with our volunteers and Basis and begin to reenergize and make this a welcoming residence for our residents to reside. Thanks for all you do at Miramichi Lodge. We couldn’t ship our packages with out you.”

Renfrew County Warden Debbie Robinson was in attendance and introduced greetings on behalf of County Council and famous all members are effectively conscious of the worth introduced into the house by volunteers.

“We will solely present a lot as a corporation and a municipal council and also you present all of the extras,” the Warden mentioned. “Thanks for each minute of each day that you just spend with the residents. Volunteering is in regards to the reward of time. The time you present this residence and its residents is invaluable and we don’t take that without any consideration.”

Councillor Michael Donohue, chair of the County Well being Committee, recommended the resiliency of the volunteers and their capability to reply to challenges and proceed so as to add vibrancy and color to the lives of the residents.

“In volunteerism, for those who discover that factor you really take pleasure in doing, it’s truly bringing extra power again than you’re expending, and it fills you up; I do know what you’re doing on this neighborhood is actually important,” he mentioned. “Settle for my gratitude for every little thing you do for this neighborhood, the broader neighborhood and for the households of the residents of Miramichi Lodge; it really is an impressive effort.”

Mike Blackmore, director of long-term care for the County of Renfrew, supplied his honest appreciation to the volunteers for all they do to counterpoint the lives of the residents on the Lodge.

“Our Miramichi Lodge volunteers exemplify what it’s to provide of oneself and to provide throughout what has been a rare time, the place one might simply refocus on their very own wants,” Mr. Blackmore mentioned. “Extraordinary instances name for extraordinary folks, folks corresponding to yourselves who’ve and proceed to provide selflessly to convey pleasure and nice that means to the residents of Miramichi Lodge.”

In the course of the afternoon, the volunteers loved entertained by Bernadette Kelly and had been ready so as to add messages to painted rocks, which might be taken residence and positioned in their very own gardens or left on the Lodge to be loved by residents and guests.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Paul Moreau                        Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk        613-735-7288

Tina Peplinskie                    Media Relations Coordinator                 613-735-7288

 

Miramichi Lodge not too long ago hosted a volunteer appreciation garden social gathering. Collaborating within the occasion, held within the courtyard, had been (entrance from left) Kelsey Wagstaff, Social Employee and Performing Consumer Program Supervisor; Brandon Harwood, resident volunteer; Margaret Cavanagh, Girls Auxiliary and (again from left) Paul Moreau, County of Renfrew CAO/Clerk; Steve Boland, Miramichi Lodge Basis and Meals on Wheels; Mike Blackmore, Director of Lengthy-term Care; Gary Severin, Miramichi Lodge Basis; Councillor Michael Donohue, Well being Committee chair; Barb McGonegal, Miramichi Lodge Basis, Renfrew County Warden Debbie Robinson and Sandra Promote, Miramichi Lodge Basis. County of Renfrew picture

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