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The Team Approach

by Carolyn Brown *as published in the August 2022 issue of the River Valley Sun

I have to ask how one photograph can be full of so many strong messages and refresh our hearts at the same time with the beauty of summer surrounding us? The morning was damp with humidity as we welcomed another hot summer day giving the photo a dewy look all it’s own and accenting the flowers and grounds. Ahh, but our pond needed work, the sludge cleaned out, the water refreshed and the lily pads settled in to a cleaner environment.

Given that the last week in July at Macleod Riverside Court was to be Summer Festival and Fun week and given that Dietary Manager Jennifer Kants and Activity Director, Amber McHatten, had some events planned that needed a nice clean pond,  Jenn donned her waders, found the Maintenance Manager, James Grant, no doubt hiding somewhere and rounded up her daughter, Isla to get the job done. And indeed it did get done with lots of smiles and fun.

And so, when Summer Festival Week rolled around, we were ready. From a bbq, fish pond, summer games and our own Donnie Cluff playing the fiddle to the entertainment of the Woodstock Ukelele Group helping celebrate the monthly birthdays, it was a happening place. And of course, we were absolutely delighted to have some members of the Woodstock Town Police Force show up for some water fun. Funny how the crowd outside got a lot smaller as the water started being squirted around. What an awesome time was had by all. We see once again ,a true reflection of a team effort by Riverside staff and the wider community of Woodstock stepping up to the plate to show our Seniors they are appreciated, respected and loved Bravo everyone.