by Susan Smith,
Executive Director,
Kemptville & District Home Support (KDHSI)

The cold March winds were certainly blowing this past weekend. At KDHSI, it is always warm and ‘sunny’! It is such a pleasure to come to work, knowing that, throughout the day, I will be in contact with so many positive people. Bev, Carol, and Jennifer are such a great team to work with, as are the amazing volunteers. The clients who come into the Centre, and those that call on the telephone, are also such a joy to talk with. I’m certainly ‘living the life’!

It has also been such an amazing experience planning for our upcoming Big Band Dance, featuring ‘The Jivewires’, on April 8. The businesses have been so supportive of this event. Grenville Mutual Insurance and Tallman Trucking are sponsoring the Band; and O’Farrell Financial is sponsoring the cold buffet prepared by Erick LePors, Dial-a-Chef. Businesses have also come forward as Table Sponsors and to donate to the silent auction. This is a fundraising event for KDHSI, with proceeds going toward the $55,000+ that we have to raise every year.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Berndt, leader of ‘The Jivewires’, last week. Steve is looking forward to bringing his band to Kemptville for our Big Band Dance. Of interest, ‘The Jivewires’ will be playing at the 2017 Ottawa Bluesfest, and will be in a movie called “Prisoners Of Time”, to be released in Canada this year. Two songs from their latest album, “Drive Me Sane”, will be featured in the movie. To get a taste of ‘The Jivewires’ performing, just search them on YouTube and enjoy. We are certainly in for a treat on April 8!

If you are planning on coming to this event, please pick up your tickets soon, as they are starting to sell quickly. The tickets are available at KDHSI, or The Workshop Dance Studio at 215 Sanders Street, Kemptville. I’m looking forward to this evening, and hope to see many of you there.
It is wonderful that the community understands the value of the programs and services offered at KDHSI, from the social activities at the Centre, to the services provided in the community. It is all of us working together to ensure that the seniors in our community continue to have access to these important services.

As in the words of Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Thank you to all for your continued support.

Until next time,
Susan.

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