Colleen Trott has only been volunteering at Afton Park Place for seven weeks, but she has already become a fan-favourite with everyone at the Sarnia long-term care community.
As part of her volunteer work, Trott comes to Afton Park Place every Tuesday. In the morning she makes a dessert of the residents’ choosing. In the afternoon, she hosts a social gathering in the café where everyone enjoys the dessert along with tea and coffee.
Trott often spruces up the café with decorations to go along with the theme of the dessert. For instance, at Easter she made Easter-egg shaped Rice Krispies treats with the words “Happy Easter to Everyone” written with icing. The café was decorated with an Easter theme.
These added touches that Trott provides have made a positive impression on everyone at Afton Park Place, says life enrichment manager Stacy Petrie.
“The residents just adore her,” Petrie said. “One of our residents, Pat Chartrand, said today she looks forward to Mondays because she knows on Tuesday Colleen will be here. … She said she loves to see Colleen, and she loves to see her smiling face.”
Petrie says finding and retaining volunteers in long-term care homes can be challenging, so it’s always a good sign when volunteers like Trott automatically have a strong connection with residents.
And Trott is enjoying her time at Afton Park Place, too, Petrie says.
“When I went to see Colleen this morning to thank her, she told me that this is where her heart belongs and that she looks forward to coming each week,” she said.
Trott also brings valuable volunteering experience to Afton Park Place. Before she came to Afton, she volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospice.
“Colleen comes to us with a wealth of information,” Stacy says.
This story was provided to the Steeves & Rozema Group by Axiom News and originally appeared on the S&R Today website. Republished with permission.