October 2016’s Wales Home News

by: Rebecca Taylor

The month of October was action packed at the Wales Home. The beautiful leaves outside made strolling around the building or gazing out the windows very appealing.


To begin the month, a dance took place in the main dining room on the 1st in celebration of International Senior’s Day. Our entertainers were Wayne Nutbrown and Friends. Episodes of the Lucy Show (on the 3rd) and the Red Skeleton Show (on the 6th) were enjoyed on the big screen in the living room.  Residents and their drivers enjoyed breakfast at the DeliTrain restaurant on the morning of the 4th. A rummage sale took place on the 4th floor on the morning of the 5th. Confort Elegance held a shoe sale in the living room on the 10th. Music with Jim and Sherry took place in the living room on the afternoon of the 13th.


On the evening of the 14th, the 5th annual Candlelight Evening of Memories was held. In total 1278 candles were lit to honor loved ones who have passed away. Our goal this year was 1100 and we are so grateful to our community far and wide for helping us to surpass it. We were also pleased that Tim Brink; local music star could join us to sing for the event. A music clip from the evening can be found on our Facebook page. During the evening in addition to the reading of the names, two special candles were lit – the first in memory of Mr. Horace P. Wales, our founder and the second for peace. We also held a moment of silence for peace and to remember our loved ones. Overall, the event was a huge success which we will be repeating next year for its sixth consecutive year.


On the afternoon of the 15th, the annual campaign launch was held in the living room. This year it was even more special as it coincided with the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Wales Home Foundation and the ground breaking for the Wales Home’s front of house expansion which is set too begin soon. A trio of musicians on string ornaments provided music for the event. Among the speakers at this year’s event were Brendalee Piironen, Executive Director; Glenn Brock, President of the Wales Home; Burton McConnell, President of the Wales Home Foundation; Rod MacIver, past Executive Director of the Home; Jordan Arshinoff Foss, Honorary Campaign Chairman; and Stephanie, a representative for Liberal MNA Karine Vallieres. We look forward to seeing everyone in the spring when we host the campaign closing.


On the afternoon of the 17th, residents created a Halloween craft in the main living room. Volunteers were on hand to assist with the activity. Residents and their drivers went on a lunch outing to Brasserie Le Dauphin in Sherbrooke on the 18th. The October birthday party took place on the afternoon of the 19th. This month’s hosts were Group 92. Happy birthday to everyone who celebrated. A knitter’s sale took place in the living room on the afternoon of the 20th. Thank you to the knitters for the work they do year round and for donating the proceeds of their sale to The Wales Home Foundation. A girl guide cookie sale took place on the afternoon of the 22nd. A clothing sale (Boutique Diane) also took place on the 22nd. The Roxton Singers came on the evening of the 24th. Zootherapy was held on the nursing care units and in the living room on the 27th. A resident/family meeting was held on the 27th as well. Among the topics discussed were the upcoming renovations to our front of house, our CHSLD memory box and music box projects and the grand reveal of our new activity cart which was created by Serge Jeanson. It is in the form of a truck and plays music, lights up and has a horn. I have a feeling we’re going to have a lot of fun with it.


On the afternoon of the 28th, a remembrance service for Margaret Kane was held in the living room.


On the afternoon of the 31st, a special Halloween bingo was played in the main living room. On the evening of the 31st, an estimated 150 trick-or-treaters visited the home in their Halloween finery. The residents and employees were happy to see all of the superheroes, princesses, witches, ghosts and every other imaginable costumed child that came through the home.


A World Vision silent auction ran in the living room for a few weeks this month. It is set to finish on November 1st.


Welcome to Thelma Picken and Mildred Holliday. Our sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Norma Martin and Dorothy Hess. We wold like to wish Ursela Wetjen well, she has moved.


Once again this year we will have bilingual Christmas cards for sale. The cost is $1.25/card or $1.00 if you purchase 10 cards or more. We know Christmas is a few months away but wanted to give you advance notice. We have five different cards, each with a picture of decorations from previous years. You can stop by the Wales Home to make a purchase or contact Rebecca Taylor by phone or e-mail for more details or to see what the cards look like.


If you are looking for ideas for Christmas or other gifts or just an interesting book to read, 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 rtaylor@waleshome.ca. 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.”


For more information, you can visit our website at www.waleshome.ca and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/R%C3%A9sidence-Wales-Home-CHSLD-Wales-Inc/359173890897086 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.


Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way this month. We are so fortunate to have so many donors, volunteers and caring people in our midst who work in hundreds of different ways to help us provide care in a homelike environment to our residents.