Many Alberton and area residents enjoy walking around the perimeter of the Maplewood Manor, the facility’s activity coordinator, Gracie Gaudet, acknowledges. Gaudet walks that loop, too. She says she can circle the building six times in a half-hour.
It’s a nice walk, she admits, and one that will soon become even more scenic.
Maplewood Manor recently qualified for funding through the Learning Elders Art Program (LEAP) which is administered by the P.E.I. Senior Citizens’ Federation and funded by the P.E.I. Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture.
The manor’s application was for the building and painting of decorative birdhouses. Local woodworker Dayre Chappell, was hired to build the birdhouses. With help from manor volunteers and family members, the residents painted and decorated 21 of the birdhouses.
Once ground conditions permit, the birdhouses will be put on display alongside the outdoor walking circuit
The completed birdhouses were on display Wednesday during the closing celebration for the program.
Gaudet said LEAP is a valuable program for manor residents. “Our seniors benefit so much,” she said. “It’s the highlight of the winter for them.”