RUSSELL – On Saturday, September 28, DeafBlind Ontario Services hosted their first Savour the Senses fundraising event at Russell High School to 120 guests.
This journey of the senses started with a ‘blind’ wine tasting, guided by Sommelier Noreen Hyatt-Gervais, owner of Stone Crop Acres Vineyard in Morrisburg. By sipping and savouring wines from Eastern Ontario Vineyards while blindfolded, guests better experienced their other senses during the tasting process.
To further satisfy the sense of taste, a delicious dessert paired with a whiskey tasting complemented a gourmet dinner. King’s Lock Distillery owner, Laura Bradley, led guests through a tasting of their 3-time award winning Canada’s Whiskeyjack Rye.
Later in the evening, guests took part in a deafblind simulation art exercise, using an eye mask and earplugs. With some upbeat celtic music and drumming in the background, guests “drummed” in paint on their canvases with small dowels. This exercise proved to challenge guests’ senses and unleash their creativity.
“Hosted by wine and whiskey sommeliers and a sensory art professional, guests at Savour the Senses had the unique opportunity to learn from experts in the field and create their own work of art, while making a difference for people with deafblindness,” said Susan Manahan, Director of Development and Communications at DeafBlind Ontario Services.
Savour the Senses, presented by the Lions Club of Russell, raises funds to support specialized services for individuals with deafblindness.
Deafblindness, a combined loss of hearing and vision, impacts access to information, communication, and mobility. About one percent of Canada’s population or approximately 368,400 people are deafblind. In Ontario, an estimated 147,736 individuals are deafblind.
DeafBlind Ontario Services provides accessible residential and customized support services across the province, including in Ottawa, Embrun, and coming soon, a new location in Vars. Their holistic approach to Intervenor Services empowers people with deafblindness to achieve their goals and dreams.