The Summerset Manor in Summerside is paving the way for manors nationwide, says Aurel Schofield, president of the Société Santé en Français.
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Zelica Arsenault, a resident of Summerset Manor in Summerside, appreciates the improved access to health services in French offered at the new bilingual wing of the long-term care facility.
Summerset Manor is the first in the country with a bilingual wing in its facilities.
Zelica Arsenault has been living at the manor for the past 12 years after suffering a stroke in 2002.
“Being able to speak French when I want makes me feel at home,” said Arsenault. “I’ve tried not to lose my French over the years.”
Growing up in Rustico, Arsenault was taught at a young age the importance of knowing two languages.
“My parents made me speak French at home, when I was at school I spoke English,” she said.
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