With summer holidays are closing in on us we have many stories to share of fun filled trips and events that the people we support have enjoyed over the past couple of months. There have been several day trips to places like the Zoo, the Tall Ships in Toronto, African Lion Safari and Blue Jays Games, We also had some guys go see a Toronto FC Soccer match. There were vacation to New York City and to Carriage Hills Resort and to Collingwood for Elvisfest. It is always fun to see the photos of everyone having such a good time at these events. You can see a lot of these photos if you go to our Parents for Community Living Facebook page.
We have also hosted two summer picnics at our new Jacqueline home for all of the individuals we support, as well as enjoying an excellent PCL Family Picnic on August 17, 2015. Thanks to all the families and friends who organized, prepared and helped to serve at the event and to the Moose Lodge for letting us use their excellent facilities. At the picnic we awarded the prizes to the Winners of the Walk Across Canada Challenge, we were happy to award first prize to the Blueridge Team who walked 5408 km, to the Evelyn Team who walked 4492 km, third prize to the office team who walked 3744 km and special mention to the Pastern Trail team who walked 2409 km.
We also held a garden party at the Monarch Home to celebrate the accomplishments of Project Green Thumb and our new dry river bed. We were please to have Waterloo Ward 3 Councillor Angela Vieth join us for this event. We also held an open house for families and friends for the new Jacqueline home on Forestlawn Road in Waterloo. This was also a well attended event and we took some time to recognize our Green Thumb volunteers Barb and Adrian Kempe for the amazing rejuvination of the gardens at this home. We also recognized Bea Borsato for the donation of a railing for the pool and arranging for the installation of this railing by members of the Knights of Columbus. Thanks to this, many of the people we support have enjoyed swimming and playing in the pool at Forsestlawn.
Still to come is a trip to the Grand River Raceway on the September long weekend and our Mexican Fiesta Decade Birthday Party on September 22nd . PCL will also be participating in the 3rd Annual Community BBQ at Christ Lutheran Church, sharing information about our agency and enjoying some music and yummy food. This event is on Thursday September 17, 2015 from 5pm-8pm.
I am also happy and proud to announce that thanks to the work and commitment of the Management Team and the Wellness Committee and participation of all of our staff teams we are the recipients of the WATERLOO REGIONS HEALTHY WORKPLACE GOLD AWARD! This award recognizes and celebrates workplaces in the Waterloo Region who demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the health of their employees.