Happy New Year!
We are excited to welcome you to the first edition of Connections for 2022. Our communities have been active and busy throughout the fall.
This issue is filled with stories of giving, support, community and connection, including the inspiration behind the Culinary Corner recipe on page 3, submitted by Parkland at the Lakes resident, Walter Grist. It all started 10-15 years ago, in Pictou Landing, when Walter and his late wife, Jessie, wanted to show retail workers their appreciation. Jessie started making chocolate mint fudge, and they handed it out each time they shopped. This initiative grew, and the couple then started giving it to nurses, dentists, doctors and garage mechanics. Jessie eventually became known in the community as “The Fudge Lady.” After his wife got sick, Walter continued the tradition. Now, he makes the fudge for residents and team members at Parkland at the Lakes.
As you flip through these pages, you will feel a profound sense of generosity and one of the many things that make our communities special. Tucker Hall Personal Support Workers, Alicia Soucy and Tyanna Tyler, answered the call by supporting nursing homes across New Brunswick that were managing COVID-19 outbreaks (page 10). Harbourstone Enhanced Care donated over $1000 in pet food to the SPCA to help animals in need (page 7). Parkland at the Gardens residents donated a holiday tree to support the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia (page 8).
I hope you enjoy reading these and the many other great things happening in our communities.
Editorial Note: In the fall 2021 issue of Connections, we incorrectly identified Joan Mara as Joan Merrick in our story about the Virtual Social Connections Training Program. We sincerely apologize to Joan for this oversight and wanted to issue a correction. Thanks again to Joan for her participation in the storyBack