Southampton Care Centre residents celebrate Canada 150 with a Proudly Canadian Prom


Two women and two men sit in wheelchairs smiling and holding Canadian flagsFlags were flying as the patriotic residents at Jarlette's Southampton Care Centre celebrated Canada's 150th Birthday at their "Proudly Canadian Prom," which took place just a few weeks before Canada Day. 

Joined by students from a local high school, the young and "young at heart" laughed, danced and sang as music melted away the generation gap in the spirit of Canadian pride. 

Planning for the event began in January, when Southampton's in-house chaplain Eileen Wolfe, along with the home's activity staff and the Resident-Led Events and Clubs (REC) "Decorating Dudes and Divas" met to plan the festivities. Though they can't take all of the credit for pulling off such an amazing event.

A young man dances with an elder woman, as other residents look onIn the weeks leading up to the prom the REC "Crafty Hands Club" assisted to make and hang a number of Canadian-themed decorations throughout the home, and especially in the activity room where the main event was to take place. They also created some amazing maple leaf corsages for residents to wear. The REC "Handy Helpers" assisted in organizing the generous donations of suits and prom dresses, ties, scarves and jewelry for the resident to wear.  And on Prom Day, Peggy, an esthetician at Indulge, a local business, volunteered her services to beautify the residents. Southampton's hairdresser, Jennifer, coiffed the residents' hair, and volunteers even provided manicures!

On prom day, residents not attending the actual prom were still able to participate in the day as staff dressed them in their best red and white outfits. The menu at the home was also transformed, featuring meals and snacks themed from each Canadian province. And of course, red and white tablecloths and Canadian flag centrepieces adorned the dining rooms.  

Resident Dorothea Kratz poses under balloon arches with her young man prom dateIn the afternoon is when students from Saugeen District Secondary School arrived. They met their senior prom date and presented the residents with red carnations. The happy couples were piped through the balloon arch to the dance floor by local piper Steve Wolfe, where they posed to have their prom photos taken by local photographer Lynn Fryday. 

At the end of the day, the entire gang gathered for a heartfelt rendition of the Canadian national anthem that brought tears to the eyes of many patriotic residents.

Although the highlight for many was a letter greeting from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office, the entire event was a great success!  Southampton staff also captured the event with photos and videos so that residents can relive their Proudly Canadian Prom for months to come.