August 2016’s Wales Home News

By: Rebecca Taylor


On the 1st we had a student Brogan Keenan begin to work in the activity department. He spent three weeks with us We also have our summer student Vanessa Johnston who continues to work with us as well as numerous volunteers who help out in so many incredible ways. At the end of the month, Vanessa began a stage with school in the activity department so will be with us until December and we’re delighted.


On the 3rd, the Masonic Lodge hosted a barbecue at the Wales Home for all residents and employees. We would like to thank them for this special treat. Following the barbecue resident Jack Hobbs played music for residents in the dining room.  On the 4th residents enjoyed a breakfast outing to the Deli Train Restaurant in Richmond. On the afternoon of the 4th a musical trio of students from Sherbrooke sang and played the flute and clarinet.


Residents enjoyed watching episodes of The Carol Burnett Show on the big screen in the main living room on the evening of the 8th. On the afternoon of the 12th residents had the opportunity to listen to beautiful organ music by talented resident Jack Hobbs in the main living room. Residents also enjoyed an ice cream sundae while they were serenaded.


Our monthly birthday party was hosted on the afternoon of the 17th by the Cleveland Women’s Institute. Happy birthday to everyone who celebrated. On the afternoon of the 18th we welcomed Joanna McInnis to the living room for an amazing harp concert. She always performed vocally. On the afternoon of the 19th, residents and their drivers enjoyed a delicious tea in Ulverton hosted by the Ulverton ACW & UCW.


On the afternoon of the 23rd, residents from the CSSS St. Vincent joined us in the afternoon. They joined our residents in our fishing derby and everyone also enjoyed seeing Jed the horse (and his own Germain Boutin) who came for their annual visit. On the afternoon of the 24th, there was a dance on Norton 1 for residents of our heavy care units. Thank you to Donna and Sydney Mills for providing the musical entertainment. Zootherapy was enjoyed by residents throughout the Home on the 25th.


Our 10th annual golf tournament for the Wales Home Foundation took place on the 18th. The weather cooperated for this huge event and was in the evening a banquet that included a live auction was much enjoyed. We’re looking forward to repeating this event next year.


Welcome to Myra Fleming who became a resident this month. Also welcome to Margaret Picken who is spending some time with us. We would like to wish Mary Bachelder, George Cartwright and Helene Cartwright and Catherine Lowd all the best. They moved at the end of July to return home / to be closer to their family. Our sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Estelle Pettigrue and Joyce Keenan.


Currently we have 302 candles towards our 1100 candle goal for our 5th annual Candlelight Evening of Memories will take place at 7PM on October 14th. The funds raised from this event will be used to purchase a TV Tour system to be used by our residents throughout the home allowing them access to menus, notices and updates direct to their personal television sets. The cost per candle is $10 (for every five candles purchased you receive a bonus candle for free) and you may make your purchase by contacting Rebecca Taylor by phone at 819-826-3266 ext.221 or by e-mail at You can also mail a cheque to The Wales Home Foundation, 506 Route 243 North, Cleveland, QC J0B 2H0. Your support is much appreciated.


Copies of “Memories Everlasting,” are still available for sale exclusively at the Wales Home.  They are $20 and can be purchased by contacting Rebecca Taylor by phone at 819-826-3266 ext.221 or by e-mail at Mailing is available for an additional cost. All proceeds from the sale go to the Wales Home Foundation. We are currently working on the sequel which will be titled “Timeless Memories” and if you have a story which they would like to share for this book, please send me an e-mail or a note and I will consider including it.


In addition to the special activities listed above residents also enjoyed the regular monthly activities of carpet bowling, bingo, church, the horse race game, cards (and much more). For more information, you can visit our website at and Facebook page at for photos, news updates and a copy of the monthly activity calendar and chatter. You can also give us a call at 819-826-3266 for information on admissions, pricing etc., or if you’d like to become a volunteer.