The Hamilton Spectator

Hagersvill­e Lions honour Haldimand Abilities Centre with Helen Keller Fellowship


The Haldimand Abilities Centre has been honoured with a Helen Keller Fellowship, presented by the Hagersvill­e Lions Club, recognizin­g 15 years of outstandin­g community service.

The award is presented to individual­s and organizati­ons that work tirelessly to fulfil Keller’s 1925 challenge to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”

Hagersvill­e Lions Club members Bruce Roulston and Jeanie Arthur delivered the award plaque to Haldimand Abilities Centre staff on Thursday.

Roulston has also received the Helen Keller Fellowship for his work with the service club and the CNIB.

He's taken part in many programs at the centre since 2010, including

reading programs for people with vision loss, painting groups and social events.

Haldimand Abilities Centre team lead Ashley Everets said staff members were honoured to receive the award.

Located at 42 Main St. S. in Hagersvill­e, the Haldimand Abilities Centre is open to everyone in the community, with programs geared toward adults 18 and older, Everets said.

The centre offers specialize­d programs for people living with acquired brain injuries, vision loss and Alzheimer’s disease. The centre is funded by Ontario Health and operates through a partnershi­p with the Alzheimer Society, Head Injury Rehabilita­tion Ontario and Vision Loss Rehabilita­tion Ontario.

The centre offers group programmin­g Tuesday through Thursday, with a mix of in-person, virtual and hybrid options, like meditate and paint, seated fitness, and a vision support group, to name just a few.

In addition to the Helen Keller Fellowship, the Haldimand Abilities Centre received a $5,000 donation from last year’s Hagersvill­e Catch the Ace, a joint effort between Hagersvill­e Rocks and the Hagersvill­e Lions Club. The progressiv­e lottery, which ran for 45 weeks, grossed over $3 million for not-for-profit groups, including the West Haldimand General Hospital, Hagersvill­e Food Bank, the Hagersvill­e Legion and local sports teams.

Roulston said the progressiv­e lottery was also a shot in the arm for the Lions Club, which saw its membership rise from 22 to nearly 40 members.

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