So Long, Farewell Don Deese

Bernice & Robb

Kathleen, Don and Marie

Bonnie, Battista and Walter

After 16 years of providing music therapy to our stroke survivors, Don has announced he is retiring from his second career. On the third Friday of each month, Don travelled from the Comox Valley to provide our members with an hour or more of songs and stories encouraging all to sing and use their shakers. Thank you, Don for your many years of service to our group. You will be missed!

Don Deese

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Rainbow Stew Cloggers

13 Rainbow Stew Cloggers came to visit Oceanside Stroke Recovery and put their best feet forward to entertain our members again this year. The Rainbow Stew Cloggers have been dancing together since September 1995 under the guidance of Sharon Lafferty. Their theme was music from the roaring twenties and they were very well dressed in lovely flapper dresses and elegant accessories for the lively dances. The male clog dancer was dressed as a 20’s gangster with black shirt and white tie. Our folks enjoyed their performance very much.

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Seaside Cruizers Car Club Helping Us Again

The Seaside Cruizers Car Club is a Non-Profit Society and their  members are passionate about their cars, their club and their community. For the last 26 years, Seaside Cruizers have organized and hosted the Father’s Day Show ‘N Shine and associated weekend events in Oceanside.  Their collective efforts along with the support of their sponsors enable the Seaside Cruizers to generously donate net proceeds from their annual events to local charities and other non-profit and community support groups.

Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society is honoured to receive a generous donation from the Seaside Cruizers Car Club. The cheque was presented by Alex Plonka, Vice-President and Keith Reimer, Treasurer to our co-ordinator, Kathleen Falvai. The funds will be used to help cover the costs of our therapy programs.

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Welcome back!

Welcome back to Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society. This is our 33rd year providing therapy to stroke survivors and support to caregivers in Oceanside. Our awesome co-ordinator has been busy lining up special events, entertainment and guest speakers for the coming year.

Our Mission remains the same:  to promote the health and overall quality of life of stroke survivors and their caregivers.

We will continue to offer:

  • Speech therapy, one-on-one for stroke survivors with aphasia – weekly
  • Exercise therapy for stroke survivors and caregivers – weekly
  • Art therapy for stroke survivors and caregivers – monthly
  • Music therapy for stroke survivors and caregivers – monthly
  • Occupational therapy for stroke survivors and caregivers – monthly
  • Caregiver support led by a Registered Clinical Counsellor – monthly
  • Peer support – opportunities for social interactions for stroke survivors, caregivers, family members, volunteers and friends, i.e. luncheons, pot lucks, picnics, coffee socials, breakfast meetings.
  • Fellowship for stroke survivors, spouses, caregivers, friends and volunteers at weekly meetings.

Meet the people who help provide our programs and more:

 

 

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Beach Party 2019

Our annual summer pot luck picnic was held Thursday, August 22 at the Qualicum beach front. Thanks to Kathleen for organizing a wonderful beach party and ensuring that the sun shone for those who attended. Kudos to Paul Michaud for taking a few photos of the festivities! Did anyone go in for a swim?

 

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The Dahlia Lady

Vera Grant was known as the Dahlia lady. She loved Dahlias and had more than 1000 of them growing on her acreage in Nanoose. She generously provided them to her friends and neighbours for memorials, parties and weddings whenever there was a need.

Another thing that Vera was passionate about was Christmas. Each year she would decorate her three story house with multiple Christmas trees, each with a different theme or color. The yard would be decorated with sleds, reindeer, snowmen, miniature cottages and churches built by her husband. There was also a candy cane lane built of six foot candy canes leading up to the door. She would host a Christmas party each year for all of her friends and neighbours with lovely refreshments and a dinner plate sized round of homemade shortbread for each guest to take home.

She loved Golden Retrievers and always had a dog, her latest one a rescue dog that received the best of care and attention.

Vera had a long and happy marriage with the man of her dreams and had one son and two daughters. She experienced great sorrow when one of her daughters passed away from heart trouble at the age of 28. She also lost her son when he was in his forties. She eventually became a widow and grieved this loss of her soul mate.

Vera Grant

Vera was 94 at the time of her passing and still very much interested in life and her volunteer work. When Vera’s health worsened with age, she reluctantly sold her home and moved up to Courtenay to be closer to her remaining daughter. She rented a suite in an independent living facility and continued to grow plants and flowers on her patio as she loved to see things grow. She continued her volunteer work for OSRS as our telephone volunteer who called everyone once a month to get the numbers for our lunches out. She enjoyed chatting with our members and always took the time to ask how they were doing and provide comfort where she could. She continued this service right up until she went into hospital and passed away on June 7, 2019.

We were lucky to have this wonderful lady as our friend and mentor and I know that I speak for all of us when I mourn the loss of our Vera. She will be missed.

Submitted by Kathleen Falvai

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2019 Annual General Meeting

The 2019 OSRS Annual General Meeting was held on Friday, July 26 at the Community Room, 454 Morison Avenue, Parksville. 23 members attended and Kathleen Falvai chaired and reviewed the purpose of the AGM. The Board of Directors and volunteers were thanked for their work over the past year.

Kathy Eades presented the President’s report outlining the decisions and actions over the last 12 months. Kathy announced Ron Fitzpatrick has resigned from the Board of Directors and thanked him for his many contributions to our society.

Marie Randall provided the Treasurer’s Report outlining the fundraising activities to cover the expenses to run our programs. Also the treasurer prepared and presented a budget sheet outlining our current assets, estimated income and expected expenses.

The Past President, Ron Fitzpatrick presented an appeal to the current Board of Directors for someone to fill the Vice President position for the coming year. After a short recess, Paul Michaud agreed to take on both Vice President and Secretary positions. Thank you, Paul!

The Board of Directors was appointed and approved by the members present.

OSRS Board of Directors 2019-20

President – Kathy Eades

Vice President – Paul Michaud

Secretary – Paul Michaud

Treasurer – Marie Randall

Communications – Mary Jane Turner

Director – Robb Glazier

Director – Bernice Prier

Director – Rick Turner

Director – Anne Van Oostrum

Director – Bill Whitehead

Past President – Vacant

Vera Grant

Following the AGM, Kathleen shared some memories of Vera Grant, stroke survivor, who was also an Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society volunteer for many years. Vera passed away June 7, 2019.

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Smart Move Estate Liquidation Outlet

June Wood kicked off the grand opening of the new Smart Move Estate Liquidation Outlet on July 5 inviting friends and clients to enjoy a glass of wine and do a little retail therapy. The new location is at Hugs Mini Storage, 1824 Alberni Highway, Coombs. The store is filled with beautiful household treasures in excellent condition. June and her team have worked hard to organize the large inventory of items on display in their showroom. The new location will be open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Smart Move continues to honour their two favorite charities. Parksville Salvation Army Mount Arrowsmith Food Bank and Oceanside Stroke Recovery. A portion of proceeds from sales of current store stock and from customers generous donations go to Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society.

Oceanside Stroke Recovery is celebrating our third anniversary on the internet thanks to Smart Move Estate Liquidation and we would like to thank June for covering all of the costs of our website.

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Happy Canada Day 2019

13 of our Oceanside Stroke Recovery members took part in the Canada Day Parksville parade and won third place in the Community category! The weather was perfect and thousands of people lined the parade route for this year’s celebration. Happy Birthday, Canada!

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Elaine & John

This bride and groom celebrated 50 years of marriage surrounded by their children, grandchildren and friends. Their grand daughter Raquenna shared a few photos of the celebration. Congratulations, Elaine and John!

 

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