Hamiota’s Birch Lodge celebrated a trip down memory lane August 14, 2018. Spearheaded by Recreation Director Dana Routledge, Birch Lodge recognized ‘Pioneer Day’ —a nostalgic throwback to the late 1800s.
Pioneer Day focused on the era that would be of the residents’ parents and grandparents. A majority of Birch Lodge’s 30 residents are over the age of 85, so the Hamiota event allowed seniors a chance to reminisce and embrace a golden period in time.
Personal Care Home residents, as well as some community members within the adult day program, participated in the day’s activities, which included demonstrations involving butter-churning, wool spinning, baking bread, and the display of vintage trucks and tractors. There was even a "fake cow’ on the premises, which allowed residents a chance to get in some serious milking work along the way. Playing and dancing to old-time music was also a highlight that many enjoyed during the festivities.
Pioneer Day was made possible thanks to an annual grant provided by the Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation. Blackmore emigrated from Poland to Canada with his family when young and went on to have a successful career in Vancouver/Victoria as a real estate developer. He passed away in 2015, but his legacy of giving lives on through the Foundation.
Birch Lodge staff were very pleased with the event and are already planning to host another successful Pioneer Day next year.