Celebrating 80

The Birthday Girl

To celebrate Bernice’s 80th birthday, her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren provided the supplies for a grand lunch for all of the members of OSRS on Friday. Members who assisted in the sandwich making, veggie tray and fruit tray arranging were Bernice, Suzanne, Bonnie, Beverly, and Kathleen. Delicious squares and pastries rounded out the lunch which was greatly enjoyed by all.

We enjoyed meeting Kelly MacKenzie, the new coordinator from the Comox Valley Stroke Recovery Group who joined us at our Friday meeting.

 

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Song Birds Sing

Kudos to Kathleen for organizing the Song Birds performance. The conductor of this wonderful choir is Lynn Beamond. Thanks to Lynn and the choir for providing a wonderful interlude at our Friday meeting.

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100 Years

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of Canada’s role in the First World War. When war was declared by Britain in 1914, Prime Minister Robert Borden offered Great Britain Canada’s support, Canada was at war! The Canadian Regular Force consisted of 3,110 men and a Navy. Within a few weeks of war being declared there were 32,000 Canadian volunteers headed for training. The first Canadian troops arrived in France in December 1914 and saw battle near Ypres Salient.

For a nation of eight million people, Canada’s war effort was remarkable. Over 650,000 Canadian men and women served in uniform during the First World War, with more than 66,000 giving their lives and over 172,000 more being wounded. Nearly one of every ten Canadians who fought in the war did not return.

It was the Canadian war record that won for Canada a separate signature on the Peace Treaty signifying the national status had been achieved. Nationhood was purchased for Canada by the gallant troops who stood fast at Ypres, stormed Regina Trench, climbed the heights of Vimy Ridge, captured Passchendaele and entered Mons on November 11, 1918.

For all of the sacrifices made by these brave Canadians, we are a nation who will never forget.

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Halloween 2018

38 fun-loving members showed up for lunch at the British Bobby, many dressed in Halloween costume! Even Super Woman made an appearance. The prizes for the 2 best costumes went to “Cat Woman” and “The Scream”. Everyone enjoyed lunch and the British Bobby staff could not have been more helpful and accommodating. The Halloween decorations at the restaurant were over the top!

 

 

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October 12, 2018

Today’s meeting was jammed packed! Our personal pharmacist Mel Azcarraga from The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Parksville was on hand to administer flu shots to our folks.

Some were brave

some courageous

some heroic

some adventurous

some fearless

And some wimps

 

Theresa Coridor provided a very active exercise program today and was joined by special guest Michelle Stilwell who participated in the exercise therapy as well. Michelle reminded us that every movement counts in maintaining our fitness level.

Our guest speaker today was Marjorie Driscoll from the Workability Customize Work Program here in Oceanside. This program provides the opportunity for young people to learn without boundaries and to reshape their perception of their ability to work. The work program has two locations for their workers – 2nd Chance Thrift Store and The Pie Factory. Both are popular with our community. Check out The Pie Factory’s list of savory and fruit pies. To top of her presentation, Marjorie shared The Pie Factory apple scones. Delish!

Once again Oceanside Stroke Recovery members are overwhelmed with the folks that live in our community and make it a better place.

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