Pot Head Party

28 of our members attended our first ever Pot Head party and learned some interesting facts about toys from the 1950`s. The star today was Mr. Potato Head who was first manufactured and distributed by Hasbro in 1952. Rick Treby shared that was the year of his birth too! Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised on television and has remained in production since its debut. The toy was originally produced as separate plastic parts with pushpins that could be stuck into a real potato or other vegetable. However, due to complaints regarding rotting vegetables and new government safety regulations, Hasbro began including a plastic potato body within the toy set in 1964. Known by kids today as the character from Toy Story, Mr. Potato Head was all the rage for kids in the 1950s.

The fifties was a decade that saw some of the greatest and most enduring toys to hit the market. Hula hoops, Barbie’s, Matchbox cars, play doh, silly putty, frisbees, slinky’s, Fisher Price Little People, Gumby and the pogo stick were all toys of the fifties.

After indulging in another infamous pot luck lunch, members enjoyed some rousing games of Chinese Checkers, Scrabble, UNO and Snakes and Ladders. Life is good.

  • Mr. Potato Head
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Our Journey

Exercise therapist Melanie and art therapist Carrie had everyone moving both physically and mentally at today`s meeting. We are so blessed to have these excellent people helping us on our stroke recovery journey. Thank you, Melanie! Thank you, Carrie.

  • Melanie leading the group.
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The Handy Board

The Handy Board, a few pictures describe how the board is used. One end has raised strips to hold bread and toast for buttering with one hand. The other end has sharp tines to impale fruit, vegetables, etc. securely for slicing or peeling with one hand. I wish to thank both Windsor Plywood and Parksville Home Building Centre for the wood donations used to make the “Handy Boards”.

The boards were treated with two coats of Lemon Oil. Do not use a vegetable oil as in time it will go rancid. A coating of beeswax is ideal.   Enjoy! Rick Turner

  • Tines holding potato in place for peeling or slicing.
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Merry Christmas!

Scott gets a big kiss from Marie

This year’s Christmas party was a great success! 85 attended the fundraising event, 58 raffle baskets were given away and 38 silent auction items were sought after. Scott Tanner won the Semi-Demi raffle and then in the true Christmas spirit graciously donated the money back to OSRS.  Thank you, Scott!  Kudos to Bernice Prier who organized the large food

Vera with her Bear

basket raffle. Winner Walter Schultz will be cooking up some fine meals.

Kathleen did an outstanding job of Mistress of Ceremonies as well as co-ordinating our party with her team of elves. The turkey dinner was arranged with Quality Foods and served in fine style by the many Bradley Centre volunteers. Thanks to all who help co-ordinate and assist at the event!

Kathleen made a special presentation to member Vera Grant. A fur teddy bear fashioned from a fur coat that belonged to Vera was given. Bear was made by our own Beverly Kettlewell.

Marie Randall, Kathleen Falvai and June Wood

June Wood from Smart Move presented a very generous cheque, a percentage of sales made through the Smart Move Liquidation Centre this year. Oceanside Stroke Recovery is June’s favourite charity! Thank you, June!

Merry Christmas and enjoy the pics!




  • Kathleen


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St. Mark's Community Fair Donation

For 45 years, St. Mark’s Community Fair has supported the Oceanside area. Net proceeds from the Fair are donated to community organizations. Once again, Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society was presented with a generous donation by Denise Mottle from St. Mark’s Women Guild. Many of our members were on hand for the presentation at Tree’s Restaurant.

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