Manor’s palliative care room gets a makeover thanks to auxiliary

From left, Manor Auxiliary Members Ellie Miller, Cathy Morden, Linda Bowerman, Barb Plexman, Wilberta Leeson, Donna Wuksinic, Brenda Hallett, Joyce Rivet gather in the new palliative care room. Missing from photo is Gisele Ferro.

LITTLE CURRENT – Thanks to many generous donations to the Manitoulin Centennial Manor Auxiliary’s In Memoriam Fund in hour of residents who have passed on, the women of the auxiliary have gifted the Manor with a brand new palliative care room where residents and their loved ones can be comfortable with their end of life care.

Manor administrator Tamara Beam welcomed everyone to the opening of the updated room.

“This room is gorgeous,” she said, thanking the auxiliary for their hard work. “Every detail was chosen with love and consideration of our patients.”

“Not only do they do things like this for us, but they’re here daily, volunteering their precious time,” Ms. Beam continued. “Without the auxiliary, our residents wouldn’t have many of the things they do.”

Interim Manor board chair Aurel Rivet called on Donna Wuksinic, auxiliary president, and on behalf of the board thanked the women for their work on the room. Everyone had a part to play, he added, from choosing furnishings, paint colours and finishing touches. Many items were also donated, such as the television, heated reclining chair, coffeemaker and microwave. RONA Little Current Building Centre also gave a staff discount for all of the supplies for the new room and was thanked by the group.

“I’m not wishing anyone welcome in here, but on behalf of the board thank you,” Mr. Rivet said.

Ms. Wuksinic thanked the Manor’s head of maintenance, Wendell Bailey, for putting the room together.

“We’re just a few in numbers but we’re certainly hard-working people.”

The event followed with a reception in the dining room and tours for the residents.