The Wales Homes Ther­a­peu­tic Gar­den – Que­bec Win­ner

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Cleve­land

The Rési­dence Wales Home has been cho­sen as one of the pres­ti­gious win­ners in the Aviva In­surance Com­mu­nity Fund. The con­struc­tion of The Wales Home Alzheimer’s ther­a­peu­tic gar­den will soon be un­der­way!

For months now, The Rési­dence Wales Home, a pri­vate, not for profit or­ga­ni­za­tion which pro­vides qual­ity care to se­nior cit­i­zens, has been ac­tively com­pet­ing in the Aviva In­surance Com­mu­nity Fund com­pe­ti­tion. This Canada-wide com­pe­ti­tion pro­vides one mil­lion dol­lars in fund­ing for projects which have a fun­da­men­tal im­pact on the com­mu­nity at large. Yes­ter­day morn­ing, the Wales Home re­ceived the much an­tic­i­pated phone call from the panel of AVIVA Com­mu­nity Fund judges, an­nounc­ing the Wales Home as one of their win­ners. AVIVA of­fi­cially an­nounced its fi­nal­ists on CTV News, Canada AM this morn­ing at 8 AM. The Rési­dence Wales Home is proud to an­nounce that their project was se­lected as a win­ner among an ini­tial 1724 projects!

To­day, half a mil­lion Cana­di­ans suf­fer from Alzheimer’s dis­ease or re­lated de­men­tias, and these statis- tics are ever-in­creas­ing. The Aviva Com­mu­nity Fund will sub­si­dize the Rési­dence Wales Home $97 000.00 to­wards the cre­ation of a ther­a­peu­tic gar­den which will sup­port the needs of Alzheimer’s pa­tients, its care providers, fam­ily mem­bers and friends, with a Mi­lieu de Vie en­vi­ron­ment. The Aviva Com­mu­nity Fund will pro­vide those who are touched by this dis­ease in our com­mu­nity with a man­age­able way of cop­ing and pro­vide an ap­pre­ci­a­tion that life does not stop with a di­ag­no­sis of Alzheimer’s. The Wales Home wishes to have the Fed­eral Govern­ment rec­og­nize its Ther­a­peu­tic Gar­den as a Best Prac­tice.

Once the ini­tial cost of launch­ing this gar­den has been achieved, the cost of main­te­nance will be min­i­mal and will have a huge im­pact on the qual­ity of life for those suf­fer­ing from Alzheimer’s, as well as a place where fam­ily and com­mu­nity friends can join to­gether to sup­port and care for these clients. On be­half of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, em­ploy­ees and res­i­dents, I would like to per­son­ally ex­press our sin­cere heart­felt THANK YOU for those who sup­ported our project through­out the com­pe­ti­tion and who be­lieve in our mis­sion! We wish to con­grat­u­late all other fi­nal­ists.

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