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Stewart Memorial Home residents benefit from creativity and social interaction at workshop

Ruth Alice Lochead shows several of the pieces she created during a clay workshop at Stewart Memorial Home in Tyne Valley.  Évangéline-Central Credit Union contributed to the event.
Ruth Alice Lochead shows several of the pieces she created during a clay workshop at Stewart Memorial Home in Tyne Valley. Évangéline-Central Credit Union contributed to the event.

TYNE VALLEY, P.E.I. – The Stewart Memorial Home (SMH) residents recently held an open house to display various polymer clay projects designed and sculptured by the residents. Local artist Lynn Gaudet was hired to develop, coordinate and deliver the project.

Clay was chosen as the material as the clay was beneficial to residents mentally, physically, cognitively, socially and creatively.

Residents were challenged by getting involved with manipulation of the clay, which was excellent for some resident’s arthritic hands and fingers.

“The workshop concentrated on fine and gross motor skills, cognitive challenges and it was fantastic for fine motor movement as well to tap into their creativity and social interaction,” a news release states.

The residents participated a couple of hours a week over a five-week period.

Crystal Gardiner, recreation therapist at the home, said she was thankful to the Évangéline-Central Credit Union for its generous support of the residents of SMH.

“This project was extremely beneficial to them and so many stories, giggles, and creative ideas all happened while designing the projects.”

The project was made possible by Évangéline-Central Credit Union members. By choosing and using a Credit Union iCare MasterCard credit card for their financial transactions, members have contributed $1,250 the Stewart Memorial Home project.

Credit unions have always been committed to contributing to their communities. The credit union recognizes the crucial importance of quality health care to Islanders, and is proud to be able to support these organizations.

SMH houses 21 long-term care residents as well as housing two respite beds available to members of the community who may require temporary respite care.

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