I am writing my September column a bit early as I am leaving for summer vacation starting Friday August 18th and returning September 5th. We are going to camp and cycle in Montana and Idaho, where we plan to watch the Eclipse on Monday. We even have the special eyewear! I will be sure to take lots of pictures.
We hosted our 3rd annual EatGoGrow summer camp coordinated by our Dietitian Ayesha and the Recreation staff. The 16 available spots filled very quickly and we were pleased to have a mixture of kids whose parents work at Kinsmen Lodge, as well as a few from the local community. I want to thank the many staff and volunteers who help make this camp happen. The program connects children ages 7-12 with our Elders and gives the kids an opportunity to learn lifelong cooking skills while they get to know more about aging and hear great stories shared by our Elders. The bonus is the Elders, kids and staff get to enjoy the food made by the kids.
Our Art Therapist, Andrea, had her baby girl and she has been replaced with Xu. Friday is the last day for Music Therapist, Laura Hastings, who is going to McGill University to pursue her Master’s Degree. So, you will also see another new face, Sheila. Our Physiotherapist, Dani, is off on sick leave for about a month and we welcome former volunteer and now Physio graduate, Daizy, back to Kinsmen. She will be here on Mondays working with Natasha and together they will continue to provide regular mobility assessments, oversee the mobility aides and conduct exercise classes each week.
This summer, KL once again hosted BBQ’s and weekly ice cream socials, in addition to the regular Pub Night and Happy Hour Fridays. Families are always welcome to join us for these events. Please see the attached calendar or visit us online at www.kinsmenlodge.ca for program dates and times. The balcony gardens, as well as the main floor garden, are looking beautiful and we encourage you and your loved one to walk and smell the roses.
Please welcome our two new Board Members, Diane Miller and Jas Cheema. Diane is a retired health care executive with 30 years of experience, most recently in a senior leadership position with the Fraser Health Authority. Jas is a recognized leader in the fields of inter-cultural communication, diversity and community engagement and has considerable expertise in fundraising. Both have served on other boards. At the June AGM, we said farewell to longtime director Art Hildebrant and the Elders presented him with a lovely gift and much appreciation for his many years as a Kinsmen Lodge volunteer. Art was the Board Chair when we first started planning our new home and contributed his knowledge to help us successfully complete three Accreditations.
Care Aides Jenn and Yen, who you may remember from the video that helped us win the SafeCare BC competition, have now started exercises to help staff focus on Wellness in the Workplace. They come in early and stay late so staff can do stretches before and after their shift. Remember that many staff walk 10KM on each shift!