The Senior Wish Association chapter in Innisfil recently handed out ice cream to the staff and residents of the Lakeside Retirement Home on Innisfil Beach Road.
Sharon Wice, chair of the Innisfil chapter, joined fellow volunteer Kristin Jessore and headed down to the retirement home to put smiles on the faces of the seniors and staff.
“Senior Wish’s mission statement is caring for our seniors, so as a friendly gesture on a hot summer day, we took them all in a treat,” said Wice. “We also have donated garden features, a painted heart-shaped stone with our logo, a turquoise bird, on it, and also two hanging wind chimes, just to let the seniors know we are thinking about them.”
Founded in 2011, Senior Wish is a volunteer run, registered charity that aims to give back to seniors and keep them involved in the community.
“At Christmas and spring, we partner with the Nantyr Shores High School art class to make cards for the seniors with heartfelt messages written to the seniors,” said Wice.
The vision of Senior Wish is to promote the idea that ageing is natural and helps to facilitate their inclusion in the community through wish granting, companionship, recreational activities, inter-generational programs, educational opportunities for youth and families and the dissemination of health and safety best practices.
“We do what we can for those seniors identified to us and in return, it gives us a great sense of well-being,” Wice added.
Senior Wish runs four distinct programs — Memory Book, Wish Granting, Christmas Wish, and Birthday Card Penpal — that help keep seniors feeling a sense of community.