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Chartwell Ballycliffe resident gets lifetime wish fulfilled
Lorraine Knowles of Chartwell Ballycliffe Long Term Care i
n Ajax, Ontario is a true inspiration to everyone around her. Though she has faced a number of obstacles over the last several years which have prevented her from leaving the residence, she has made the most of her situation, possessing a willingness to get better, and even performing volunteering work within her community. Lorraine runs a small cookie and coffee stand right out of the residence as a way to raise money for her fellow residents so that they can enjoy more outings.
She has always had a real love for animals and feels she is at her best when she is around them. Lorraine would often talk about one animal in particular that she met years back at the Toronto Zoo — a Silverback gorilla named Charles, whom she shared a real connection with.
Due to mobility issues, Lorraine
wasn’t able to join her fellow residents on a trip to the zoo recently, something that Chartwell Ballycliffe staff knew was very important for her. They wanted to do something about it, so Chartwell and Wish of a Lifetime Canada came together to arrange for Lorraine to be sent to the Toronto Zoo for her very own special experience.
There, she toured the grounds, visiting a variety of animals from all over the world. Best of all, she got the chance to see Charles the gorilla again, something that brought her a lot of happiness.
For Lorraine, who hadn’t had the chance to leave the residence in three years, the experience was a tremendous motivating factor for her and is in the true spirit of what Chartwell and Wish of a Lifetime Canada try to accomplish for people all across Canada. Kudos, everyone, for making Lorraine’s wish a reality!
In photos: Lorraine poses with Chartwell Ballycliffe staff during her visit to the Toronto Zoo.