Volunteers lauded

By Geoff Lee

November 1, 2016 12:00 AM

November is volunteer appreciation month at the Dr. James Hemstock Residence & Hearthstone Place in Lloydminster.
The seniors’ living facility is setting aside Nov. 3 to honour its outside volunteer core and Nov. 24 for its helpful crew of resident volunteers.
“We have lot of volunteers from the community that come in and serve the residents, whether it be through musical talents or doing little things around the buildings and making sure the seniors have a great experience here,” said Krysta Davis, the facility’s life enrichment manager.
The community volunteers will be appreciated this Thursday with a come-and-go tea from 1 to 3 p.m.
“Lots of them have been volunteering for years—we have a music group that comes in every month to help us celebrate anniversaries and birthdays,” said Davis.
The Hemstock residence has a full range of life enrichment programs for seniors such as monthly dances and movie nights and group exercise classes, but volunteers bring added benefits.
“A place like this just wouldn’t function without volunteers,” said Davis.
“We are enriched so much by other people giving us their time and their talents.”
The seniors’ living facility also provides several programs that are volunteer-based, such as community ministerial church services.
“We also have a sing-along that happens every Tuesday and we have a piano player that comes in and shares her gift for playing as well as singing,” said Davis.
“She lead seniors in their sing-along time.”
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 39 in Lloydminster will lead a Remembrance Day service at Hemstock on Nov. 5 to honour veterans who live at the residence.
Hemstock also relies on youth volunteers as well to enrich the lives of its seniors year round.
Last week, 58 College Park School students dressed in Halloween costumes and visited the home and formed a choir that sang Halloween songs for the seniors.
“It was a brightener for our day, especially with all the dreary weather that we’ve been having lately,” said Davis.
In the next couple of months, the residence will host a couple of youths from the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre to play cards and chat will seniors.
Resident volunteers will be recognized at supper on the Nov. 24.
Davis said these are residents who do helpful deeds every day whether it be helping set up tables or taking down tables.
“We’ve got a few women who do all of our napkin folding and make the dining room a beautiful place to set down,” she said.
“We’ve got people who help out in so many different ways—we’ll be honouring them with a dinner on the 24th.

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