by Susan Smith, Executive Director, Kemptville & District Home Support
Hello 2018… I have such great hopes for you! It was a wonderful start to the year having lunch with Maggie Boyer, co-owner of The North Grenville Times, and MPP Steve Clark. This all started in November, when I was looking at the items in United Way Leeds & Grenville’s online silent auction. MPP Steve Clark had donated a special bottle of wine, as well as a lunch for two anywhere in Leeds/Grenville. Immediately, I thought that it would be wonderful to go to lunch with Maggie and Steve, two very community-minded people who give so generously of their time. I’m very pleased that I was the successful bidder.
The lunch at Salamanders was delicious, with great conversation covering all sorts of topics. I am grateful to both Maggie and Steve for such an interesting few hours. You will be pleased to know that Maggie and I decided that we should be on our best behaviour, as we can carry on when we get together! In reflecting on our time together, I’m reminded of the quote from Albert Einstein: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
January is generally the time to stop and reflect on the year that just finished, and look toward the year ahead. There were certainly lots of great memories made over the past year here at KDHSI, from the more intimate person to person moments, to the larger activities and events. KDHSI was busy in June with seniors’ month activities, including the window sticker campaign and our Annual Seniors’ BBQ/Picnic at the beautiful Maplewood Hall in Oxford Mills.
The Elder Abuse Awareness Seminar, in partnership with Grenville OPP and Victims Services, was well attended, with great information on how to keep ourselves protected and where to turn to for help.
The ‘dunk tank’ event was a lot of fun; and yes, the water was cold. It was fun challenging Jim Beveridge; in fact, we were just chatting at the B&H this morning and commenting on how frosty the dunk tank would be in this weather!
In November, we were treated to the amazing performance of ‘We’ll Meet Again’. Thank you to Louise Atchison, Helen MacGregor, the Cast, the Band, the Sing’n Seniors, and all of the amazing people behind the scenes. Your dedication and hundreds of volunteer hours is certainly noticed and appreciated!
In looking ahead in 2018, we are really excited about our 2nd Annual Big Band Dance on Saturday, April 14. ‘The Jive Wires’, a lively 7-piece Big Band will be back and Erick Le Pors, Dial A Chef, will be providing a delicious cold buffet. Come and be transported back in time to an era of live music and nights out on the town.
This is Kemptville & District Home Support’s 37th year of providing service in the community. Thank you to all of our volunteers who give so freely of their time to help others; and thank you to Bev, Carol, Jennifer and Tina. It is wonderful being part of such a great Team.
May we continue to learn, live, hope and continue questioning!