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15
Dec
17
Memories and moments fill the quiet space of time
For many, memories survive in the deep waters of our mind, like shipwrecks on the seabed. Churning and moving, they thrive in the dark and rise & fall in waves; telling us who we are and how we got there. Sitting in his room at Carveth Care Centre where he has lived for the past eight weeks, Charlie Gray is grateful for the pool of memories that fill the quiet space of time. At 82 years old, he knows he has a sharp mind and a damaged body. It is…
08
Dec
17
Senior shares Christmas goodwill and kindness, all year long
When Madelene Wood was born, a gallon of gas was 10 cents and a new car cost $640. “I don’t tell people my age,” she says mischievously after whispering it softly and then forbidding it to be shared. Smiling with contentment under a full head of curls, this charming Gananoque woman was born on a nearby farm when the world was reeling from global conflict and domestic hardship. The second eldest of eight children, Madelene reflects happily on her life before starting her shift at Carveth Care Centre where she…
01
Dec
17
Gananoque woman recognized for outstanding service
A Gananoque woman has been recognized by Carveth Care Centre for more than three decades of outstanding service. Heather Webster, a Personal Support Worker (PSW) at the home for 32 years, was named the home’s Employee of the Month for December. “Heather Webster is a dedicated PSW at Carveth,” confirms Lynn Vereecken, Assistant Director of Care. “She has a gentle approach with residents who appreciate her kindness and patience. Heather is always ready to help where needed. She is a valued member of our nursing department and a great choice…
29
Nov
17
Helping the elderly is life calling for this nurse
Gail Raymond is a nurse who labours to keep alive that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. Speaking from Helen Henderson Care Centre where she has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) for almost 17 years, Gail has made it her life’s work to deliver compassionate health care to seniors. “I’ve been a nurse for 40 years,” says the 61-year-old. “I’ve enjoyed nursing which has always been in gerontology.” A resident of Kingston since 1988, Gail is married with three children and two grandchildren. She was born in Nova…
13
Nov
17
New hair salon owner moonlights as search and rescue volunteer
Catherine Gill is living proof, the more you do, the more you have time to do. The new owner of Carveth Hair Salon at Carveth Care Centre, Catherine divides her time between working as a hairdresser and volunteering with Thousand Islands Ground Search and Rescue. “It’s my life,” she says with a smile about the not-for-profit organization she founded with her husband in 2010. “We work to train people to assist local authorities in the search for lost and missing people.” Asked what motivates her to perform this work, the…
25
Oct
17
Retirement Lodge welcomes new manager
Audrey Young is brimming with excitement. Sitting in her office at Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge in the fall of 2017, the 38-year-old talks with enthusiasm about her new role as lodge manager. “My nickname is The Anti-Negative Nancy,” she says light-heartedly. Born in Newfoundland and a current resident of Kingston, Audrey began working at the accredited retirement home in Amherstview on Oct. 16. She took over from Deborah Warren who retired. An experienced health care professional and manager, Audrey is familiar with Helen Henderson Care Centre. She worked here as…
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04
Oct
17
Love is the best reward for this therapy dog
For many, the simple act of caring is heroic. Walking the halls of a nursing home in Gananoque in the fall of 2017, Therapy Dog Rufus is greeted with smiles and warm embraces by the 104 residents. Rufus, a seven-year-old Welsh springer spaniel, has been spreading joy and companionship every Friday at Carveth Care Centre for years. According to his handler, André Dubois, Rufus became a certified therapy dog through St. John Ambulance-Loyalist Branch in Kingston. “Rufus and I went through a rigorous screening and training process before we were…
27
Sep
17
Amherstview woman to celebrate 104th birthday
Shortly after Pearl Thurlby was born, the Ford Motor Company started the world’s first moving assembly line, significantly speeding-up production of the Model T. The year was 1913 when the world was still full of innocence and wonder. All that would change one-year later with the start of WWI. Described as an extremely bloody war that engulfed Europe from 1914 to 1919, WWI set the stage for the Great Depression in the 1930’s and WWII which raged from 1939-1945. One of nine children in her family, Pearl lived through it…
18
Sep
17
Couple celebrates 72 years of marriage
It may not be the longest marriage in history, but it could be the happiest. Margaret and Bill Campsall of Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge celebrated a remarkable milestone last Friday. On that day - 72 years ago - they were married. To celebrate their anniversary, Bill, 93 and Margaret, 89, went to a country dance where they wowed the crowd with their two-step. Looking happy and healthy two days after their anniversary, the lovebirds smile brightly and reveal their secret to a long and happy marriage: Don't go to bed…