Village Green resident Arthur Wright and volunteer Jean Irwin are seen here enjoying the home's annual boat cruise.
Village Green boat cruise delivers memories, good times
Annual event a chance to bring everyone together in serene atmosphereAugust 23, 2012
For Village Green resident Marvin Brown, watching the boats go by, listening to good music and telling other residents about some of the islands in the St. Lawrence River were the top highlights from the home’s annual Thousand Islands boat cruise last week.
Having lived in the area 40 years, working for John Deere hauling equipment, Brown says the excursion was a chance to reminisce about boating on the St. Lawrence. As the boat passed the many islands, Brown pointed to several, telling others their names.
“I’ve been on a few boats in my life; when you work John Deere for 37 years hauling machinery, you’re bound to be on a few boats,” he chuckles.
The event brought together residents, their family members and the team from the Greater Napanee long-term care home in an atmosphere of tranquil beauty and fun.
One of the home’s flagship events, the boat cruise is an opportunity to bring those connected to the home together in an environment that’s enjoyable for all, says life enrichment co-ordinator Karen Coulter.
“The entertainment was awesome, the weather was great and it was enjoyed by everyone,” says Coulter.
“The event allows the family members a day out with the residents and it’s just a beautiful, serene afternoon. Just being on the water is very soothing for everyone.”
As always, the lunch was a highlight of the afternoon. Residents, families and staff members enjoyed a meal of chicken, rice, vegetables and “cake to die for,” says Coulter.
Asked what her favourite part of this year’s cruise was, Coulter doesn’t hesitate in her response.
“It was seeing one of the residents get up and dance with his daughter — that was very touching,” she says.
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