Students, seniors and spaghetti at fundraiser

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Pictured (L-R) are Tammie Ménard, Community Engagement Officer, St Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre; Kristine Leger-Roberts, SSW student, St Lawrence College/ event co-organizer; Norm Quenneville, administrator, Glen Stor Dun Lodge; Cindy Ingram-Lloyd, Parisien Manor, volunteer coordinator, activity department; Jessica Valade, activity director at Parisien Manor.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Students from the Social Services Worker (SSW) program at St. Lawrence College, reached out to seniors, in the community, on Saturday night, by organizing a fundraiser in their honour.

As part of their Community Development class, the students chose to host a spaghetti supper, at the Knights of Columbus, proceed of which would be divided between three local seniors’ homes, where some of the students has recently completed field placements.

“They are very dear to everybody’s heart,” said Kristine Leger-Roberts, second year SSW student and co-organizer, who explained, that after learning about elder abuse and other issues involving seniors, it was decided that funds raised would benefit seniors, in particular, activities programs.

These programs are unfortunately, often under-funded, explained Leger-Robert. “It will give seniors the opportunity to go out and do more. Some don’t have family to come and visit.”

Activities are so beneficial, both physically and mentally, she said.

The event included a spaghetti supper, prizes and entertainment by, local Elvis tribute artist, TJ Jackson, singer/songwriter, Bruce Ciccarelli, and percussionist, Santos, among others.

Many thanks for all who donated items for the event, Knights of Columbus, volunteers and organizers.

The event raised $1,600, which will be shared between St Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, Glen Stor Dun Lodge, and Parisien Manor.

Organizations: Lawrence College, Social Services Worker, Knights of Columbus Continuing Care Centre

Geographic location: Ontario

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  • Jennifer gravel
    March 24, 2014 - 18:27

    Hi there! Great article. Is it possible to post the names of the other students (including myself) who organized the event? Jasmine Guay, Sarah Worrall, Chantal Quenneville, Bradley Gregoire, Danika Lefebvre, Melanie MacDonald and Jennifer Gravel. Thank you!