Southbridge Care Homes' Bridge to Dreams program reconnects resident to his love of hockey: Avid hockey fan and Birchwood Terrace resident Joe Hunter attends North American First Nations Hockey Tournament 

Formerly known on the street as “Hockey Joe” due to his love for the sport, Birchwood Terrace resident and First Nations member Joe Hunter was excited to attend the North American First Nations Hockey Tournament in Kenora over the Easter long weekend thanks to a resident-centred program being implemented at Birchwood Terrace.  

Joe Hunter stands with his walker in front of First Nations hockey postersFrom a young age, Joe enjoyed playing hockey and can often be found watching hockey games in the television lounge at Birchwood Terrace. 

Knowing his love for the game, staff and volunteers at Birchwood Terrace were excited to help “Hockey Joe” enjoy the sport live at the North American First Nation Hockey Tournament and receive a hockey jersey. 

Operated by Southbridge Care Homes, Birchwood Terrace is implementing Bridge to Dreams, a resident-centered initiative developed by Southbridge Care Homes in partnership with the home.

“We are grateful to the staff and volunteers at the home who take the time to listen to what’s important to each of our residents and try to find opportunities to connect the two. The Bridge to Dreams program is a purposeful way for us to honour our residents in a sustainable and meaningful way,” remarked Keith McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer of Southbridge Care Homes. 

Birchwood Terrace is a fully accredited long-term care home providing care to 96 residents in Kenora.

In photo: Joe takes a break at the hockey tournament to pose for a photo.

This story was originally published by Southbridge Care Homes. Reposted with permission