Giving back more to the community than they receive guides and motivates the guys at The Arnprior & McNab-Braeside Men’s Shed. That’s why they set out to volunteer their time and labour to build 96 memory boxes – one for each resident at the new Grove Nursing Home.
They didn’t stop there.
The guys also championed the community fundraising initiative – Adopt a Memory Box – to provide essential financial support for the project.
“I don’t know what we would do without the kindness and generosity of the people we serve in the Greater Arnprior Region,” reflected, Darrel O’Shaughnessy, a founding member of The Arnprior & McNab-Braeside Men’s Shed. “The goal of the Arnprior & McNab-Braeside Men’s Shed is to simply give back what we can, as a result, we have reaped the rewards: community appreciation for what we do, who we are, and an opportunity to help create memories for the residents of the new Grove—nothing beats that.”
Ahead of the September move, the solid oak and glass memory boxes are being installed outside of each resident’s room to allow individuals to display and share their life stories: cherished memories, the people who are dearest to them, and the many adventures they have had through the decades. This focus on long-term memories is also a way to help engage resident with dementia in meaningful conversations that promote mental and emotional stimulation.
“We are grateful for The Men’s Shed’s commitment to supporting our Grove community,” said Eric Hanna, President and CEO, Arnprior Regional Health (ARH). “The memory boxes will help each resident personalize their new home and bring more meaning and enjoyment to their day-to-day lives. The guys are truly instrumental in helping create a healthy community.”
The Men’s Shed partnered with local businesses to build the memory boxes and offset the costs. This has included Rona who generously donated the oak lumber, Gilks Sports & Promo who supplied the plaques and made a donation towards the project, Arnprior Glass – Johns Glass who supplied the tempered glass for the shelves, and McDonald Brothers Construction who contributed towards the cost of installation.
The Men’s Shed worked closely with the ARH Foundation to launch the Adopt a Memory Box Campaign that received substantial support from community members who adopted memory boxes and local businesses who sponsored memory boxes. The Campaign was successful in raising more than $26,000 towards the initiative.
ARH recognized and celebrated the contributions of the guys at The Men’s Shed with a summer barbecue outside of the new Grove!