OPENING DOORS AND MINDS COLUMN
The gift of the “Urban Park” to our residents, from the Riverview Volunteer Association, has really added to the quality of life for everyone here at Riverview. It is so evident when you see both residents and staff enjoying this beautiful and welcoming area.
The pink wave petunias are overflowing from a dozen huge flowerpots and provide a warm splash of colour. The residents and summer students have been watering, feeding and caring for their petunias all summer long. At any time during the day from very early morning until dark, the bright red and yellow rocking chairs are in use. Daily, you will note residents having a nap on the swing enjoying the fresh air. The Recreation Department have been serving barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers to the residents along with cold drinks and ice cream.
Next week, we will feature tie-dying in the Urban Park. Residents will be able to tie-dye socks, T-shirts and pillowcases. They enjoy taking the craft home to show everyone when visitors come.
Several of our residents are dyed-in-the wool golfers and it is heart-warming to see them heading out to Eagles Chance Golf Course with their clubs. Our appreciation and thanks to Eagles Chance for their warm welcome.
Many of our residents were able to pick strawberries locally and they enjoyed making strawberry jam to have in the upcoming winter. This will remind them of wonderful summertime memories on the really cold days.
Our community has so many interesting and accessible places for our residents to visit and enjoy. We have greatly appreciated the Samson Trail, the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex, Trenton Park and the Wellness Centre. Beach days were enjoyed at Melmerby Beach and Big Island. It seems an outing is not complete unless a stop has been made on the way home at Corina’s Ice Cream Shop.
The Recreation Department, with help from the summer students and the staff at Riverview, hosted an “Around the World” Block Party, in the “Urban Park.” This was a great success. We had a wonderful turnout, including the Community Group Homes. Our doctor visits on Wednesdays and so the doctor participated in the celebrations too. We had several stations and information presentations on: the “Sahara Desert,” “the Eiffel Tower,” the “Statue of Liberty,” the leaning “Tower of Pisa” and an “African Safari.” What fun we all had. Special music from each country was playing throughout the afternoon. The residents learned how to say hello in several different languages and flags of the world were featured. There was also a Photo Booth and memories were captured and printed for the residents.
The Cineplex is a favourite destination in the summer months and we were able to take many of our residents to the movies.
We have been able to offer several road trips to the residents including great spots as follows: Caribou Picnic Park, Trenton Park, Victoria Park, Sherbrook Village and Halifax Waterfront Day Trips.
Sadly, we must once again say goodbye and thank you to our wonderful summer students. The residents will host a farewell party for the students and wish them well as they continue future education possibilities.
We continue to enjoy being able to share what is happening here at Riverview with the community via articles published by the News.
Our vision and commitment at Riverview continues to be to help provide “a full and meaningful life for people with diverse abilities.”
Submitted by Cathy Kelley, Support Planning Supervisor of Riverview Home Corporation.