Birds and Blooms

Vol­un­teers help beau­tify the grounds—and lives— of these res­i­dents

More of Our Canada - - Contents - By Jane Cle­ment, Tren­ton, Ont.

My mother lives in a lo­cal long- term care fa­cil­ity here in Tren­ton. At the cen­tre of the res­i­dence is a court­yard, which is beau­ti­ful, thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of two women, Kathy and Pat, whose hus­bands are also res­i­dents. Both women ded­i­cate many hours to mak­ing these grounds at­trac­tive for the peo­ple re­sid­ing at the fa­cil­ity. Kathy plans out the gar­dens an­nu­ally, while she and Pat tend to them daily, plant­ing, wa­ter­ing and weed­ing. Kathy has in­stalled bird feed­ers and the res­i­dents love to sit out and watch the birds flut­ter around the court­yard and sit in the bird bath, wash­ing their feathers. The dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of flow­ers have at­tracted but­ter­flies, such as the one seen in this photo (be­low). Through these gar­dens, these two women add colour to the lives of the nurs­ing home res­i­dents, and make it a beau­ti­ful place for fam­ily and friends to visit. They are an in­spi­ra­tion and won­der­ful ex­am­ple of vol­un­teers in Canada, who give of them­selves daily to im­prove the lives of oth­ers. ■

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