Elizabeth Centre residents make a difference in their community in honour of Seniors’ Month
June is Seniors’ Month in Ontario and Jarlette Health Services’ Elizabeth Care Centre gladly hosts an event each year in June in recognition.
This year, the theme for Seniors’ Month was “Seniors Making a Difference,” to recognize the important role that seniors play in our communities. With this in mind, Elizabeth Centre’s resident council decided they wanted their event to truly make a difference in their community, and for a special friend.
The residents opened their home and invited the community to participate in a fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy, in honour of Jalee Pelissier. Jalee, who has the neuromuscular disease that causes progressive muscle weakness, is not only the daughter of Elizabeth Centre’s resident and family services coordinator, Liane Pelissier, she is also a volunteer at the home.
“The residents were eager to participate in this event,” said Liane. “Our residents are always happy to give back to the community but it was especially touching to see how supportive everyone, especially our residents’ council was, to help a cause that hits so close to home.”
Along with Liane, both the resident and family councils helped to plan the community event, which involved raffles, a barbecue, and 18 vendors who came to set up merchandise and donate towards the cause. Local grocery stores generously donated the food for the event, which was attended by more than 200 people, including local councilors and the local fire department who came to lend their support. The home’s residents’ council even created their own “summer prize pack” raffle basket and sold tickets at the event.
“We couldn’t have chosen a better way to show that seniors can and do make a difference in our community,” said Corrine Mattinen, president of the residents’ council. “It was an event that truly brought our community together to raise funds and awareness for a great cause and, at the same time, it gave us a real sense of purpose doing something to help one of our own.”
The event raised $1,500 in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
In photos (top to bottom): Liane Pelissier, resident and family services coordinator and Robert Kirwan, ward councilor, pose with a group of local firefighters who came out to support the event; Corrine Mattinen and Ann Marie Paquette, residents’ council members, man the council’s raffle draw.