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25
Sep
20
Amherstview woman sees two pandemics in lifetime
Bessie Meeks is a survivor. Born during the Spanish Flu of 1918 which claimed 20 to 50 million victims, Bessie turns 102 on Sept. 29 during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 which has claimed almost one-million victims in less than one-year. That’s two world health crises in one lifetime. That’s resilience. Speaking from her room at Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge in Amherstview one-week before her 102nd birthday, Bessie admits she didn’t expect to live this long. “My mother was a wonderful lady, she taught me well,” she says about the…
25
Sep
20
Something good comes out of every crisis
Knee-deep in the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, the world paused after more than six-months of battling this deadly new disease to see the heroes who were standing fast to protect the vulnerable. Standing tall was Paula Roy-Leybourne who came out of retirement to work the front line. A friendly brunette with a warm laugh, Paula was named Employee of the Month for October by Helen Henderson Care Centre, a retirement lodge and long-term care home where she has worked as a Personal Support Worker for approximately 20 years. “I appreciate…
02
Sep
20
Amherstview couple to celebrate 65th wedding anniversary tomorrow
An Amherstview couple is celebrating a milestone tomorrow that many people never reach. York and Louise Wills were married on Sept. 3, 1955 at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Camden East. Named after his mother’s maiden name, York smiles when he talks about his wedding 65 years ago. “I remember because it was fall and there were grasshoppers all over the place,” says York, 93, about that special day. “At the altar, my dad noticed four or five had hopped onto Louise’s veil. He didn’t know if he should brush…
24
Aug
20
Nursing grad excels during pandemic
Sarah Delonghi picked a good time to be a nurse. Five months after starting her first nursing job in the fall of 2019, the friendly woman faced the first global health crisis of the 21st century. A world-wide pandemic was declared in March 2020 for COVID-19, making health care workers the front line against a highly contagious virus with a global death rate of 3.4 per cent. As an essential worker, Sarah was unfazed by the strict infection control measures implemented at work and around the world. She continued to…
24
Aug
20
Young kitchen worker finds happiness helping the vulnerable
Only 21 years old, Amelia Moore has already spent four years of her young life working in the kitchen at Carveth Care Centre. “I started here when I was 17 as a student dishwasher,” she says with a smile about her time at the popular retirement lodge and long-term care home in Gananoque. “I did that job for a year and then became a dietary aide. I really like my work and I love the seniors.” As a dietary aide, Amelia helps prepare and serve food to the approximately 150…
13
Jul
20
Celebrating 65 years of love
True love never dies, it only gets stronger with time. That is the sentiment of an Amherstview couple who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Hans and Aaltje Beskers were married on July 14, 1955 in the Netherlands. After travelling around the world for work, the family moved to Amherstview in 1967. 65 years later after saying ‘I do’, Hans and Aaltje remain devoted to each other. Their marriage has produced three children and four grandchildren. Speaking on behalf of Helen Henderson Care Centre where Hans resides in the…
11
Jun
20
New pen pal program at popular home
Nothing says you care like a handwritten letter. That is the sentiment of residents at a long-term care home in Amherstview who will start writing letters to pen pals later this month. According to the program’s creators, ‘Write from the Heart’ is a new pen pal program at Helen Henderson Care Centre, a retirement lodge and long-term care home near Kingston, Ontario. Its goal is to match residents with community members based on shared interests and allow them to connect on an ongoing basis through a mutual love of writing.…
29
May
20
Nursing home proud of strong connection to community and families
In a time when there doesn’t seem to be much good news coming out of the long-term care industry in Ontario, one home is proud of its connection to its families, community and staff.  “I think we’re doing a great job caring for our long-term care residents while we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” says Erin Woodcox, Care and Safety Coordinator for Helen Henderson Care Centre in Amherstview. “We’ve been ahead of the game since the COVID-19 pandemic started last March. Our infection control practices have been an…
27
May
20
Home names Resident of the Year
Betty Reed is happiest when she is helping others. Born and raised in Elgin, the 71-year-old has lived her entire life in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. She raised her family on a beef farm near Delta and worked at Maple View Lodge in Athens for 23 years. A sore back prompted her to retire at 65 from the job she loved. A loving mother and grandmother, Betty arrived at Carveth Care Centre in March 2019. In a short amount of time, she made a big impact in…
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