There are many moments when residents show kindness to one another with gestures as simple as holding a hand or sharing a conversation about family, photos and memories.
Shirley is a legendary caring angel who frequently finds ways to bring joy into the lives of her buddies at The Cottage. When residents head out for a van trip Shirley asks the driver, Jim, to tune into The Breeze and she sings along to the pop music to keep everyone entertained. Shirley enjoys being a peer support person and she makes a point of listening to others, talking with them and says, she tries to be patient.
“I have love in my heart for other people, especially my family and I consider everyone here to be my family, even when things don’t always go right,” says Shirley.
With her cheeky sense of humour, she loves to get involved and every now and then, Jackie The Cottage Manager reminds Shirley that she’s not on the payroll.
Recently, Shirley was overwhelmed by a small gesture that acknowledged how she helps around The Cottage. Jackie presented her with a certificate as a small moment of recognition for a caring angel.