The author, the centenarians, the knitters, the gardener, and the helper honoured at Dundas Manor’s Dreams Day

Seen in image above: At Dreams Day Pearl Burd (left), 103, was one of five Dundas Manor centenarians honoured. Dave Given (right) was presented with a book he published in 1980. Courtesy photo

WINCHESTER — When new residents arrive at Dundas Manor, they are asked one important question: what brings you joy?

“We want to get to know you, hear your story and find out what more we can accomplish together,” explained Activity Director Jennifer Hill at the ‘Dreams Day’ event held on March 14. “Then we get to be creative and make things happen.”

This Dreams Day shone a light on ten residents, honouring them for their accomplishments. Resident Dave Given loves to do research and he wrote a book on rock ‘n roll that was published in 1980. As part of Dreams Day, the Activity Team tracked down an old copy of his book and presented it to Dave. “This is dynamite,” beamed Dave. “I’m a total and utter fanatic when it comes to music.”

Next, Dundas Manor’s five centenarians were honoured – Pearl Burd, Kay Bower, Mary Toppazzini, Lorna Ferguson and Yvette Banning. Each one was presented with a homemade quilt for her bed in recognition of this significant milestone. “I can never thank everyone enough for the good care,” said Kay Bower. “I love living here.”

At Dundas Manor, there are three wonderful knitters who never seem to stop. Shirley Billings, Alice Roach, and Hazel Hartwell knit beautiful mittens and socks for the annual bazaar, family and friends.

“You inspire us to keep our hands busy and nimble and you should be very proud of your beautiful work,” noted Jennifer Hill.

Finally, two gentlemen were recognized for what they give back to Dundas Manor. Ron Ashby is our home’s green thumb, growing everything from garlic to kale to herbs for the kitchen. The team noted that Ron’s commitment to putting a plan in place and making it happen was a great lesson for everyone.

Doug Gallagher has similar energy when it comes to helping out. At Dreams Day, Doug was named ‘Honorary Member of the Dundas Manor Activities Team”, recognizing the way he always pitches in to help out at events and programs.

“You all inspire us to keep digging, to keep dreaming and to keep on supporting you to be active and have fulfilling moments in your home,” summed up Jennifer Hill. “We are so grateful to come and spend our days here in your home, learning from you, remembering with you and looking ahead to what more we can do together!”


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