In October, Kayla and Jennifer proudly represented Bow View Manor’s recreation department at the “Annual Inclusion Awards” hosted by the Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary (DDRC).
The DDRC is a non-profit, registered, charitable organization that began in 1952, offering programs and resources for children and adults with disabilities, their friends and family, and other people in the community. The Annual Inclusion Awards have been held since 1996 as an important way to recognize the people and organizations that help make Calgary a city where everyone belongs.
The Bow View recreation department has helped to create volunteer opportunities for two valued and well respected DDRC clients - Daniel and John Paul. Both clients are well-known at Bow View Manor, and are loved by staff members and residents. Daniel loves to laugh and provides a bright and positive environment for our residents at Bow View. John Paul has helped to create the “Green Thumbs” Horticultural program, offering the opportunity for Bow View residents to help grow and maintain plant life within the Manor.
Thanks to the Green Thumbs program, many residents who were avid gardeners in their past are able to get their hands dirty again, as well as help program leaders learn gardening skills and tips from them. Residents who are unable to participate in larger planned activities receive one-to-one friendly visits to water plants in their rooms. The initial reception of the project has been received well by staff, residents and their families. John Paul promotes inclusion with all residents and provides a bright and cheerful environment for our residents on the 5th floor. “Green Thumbs” hopes to expand next summer to different units and as well, to offer a beautiful oasis to each lounge in Bow View Manor.
Bow View Manor was proud to be nominated for a 2017 Inclusion Award. Thank you to DDRC for the nomination and the opportunity to work with such great volunteers!