Resident Voices

December 9, 2022

Meet “The Flamboyance”

Naomi Black, Elaine Hawkins and Barbara Cooper, three residents at Parkstone Enhanced Care, are also known as “The Flamboyance,” a name inspired by a flamingo-themed gift from one of their daughters. Together, they wrote an honest and insightful story titled Residents’ Voices which is a real-life glimpse into their day-to-day life. The piece was intended to be comical and something to help pass the time, but it quickly developed into an important message, dispelling many myths about life in long term care. In their words, “we want to see this story have an impact.”

Before publication, one of the members of the Flamboyance, Barbara, passed away earlier this year. We offer our deepest condolences to her loved ones and are grateful for the valuable legacy she left through this piece of work.  

On behalf of the Flamboyance, we are honoured to share their story. Please click here to read their story.

If you would like to connect with “The Flamboyance,” please reach out to Shannon Peterson at


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