Seniors Situation Room Remembering Princess Elizabeth 1951 Visit to Cornwall Ontario – By Dawn Ford

The tenants of Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence had a nice visit with furry little pets recently. Mandy of Wytrueharvatt Farm brought two beautiful white rabbits, a small little rooster and two little white kitty Tickles. Everyone enjoyed holding a little pet for awhile.

The Farm is all inclusive and offers 60 , 45 or 30 minutes sessions of specialized Animal Assisted Therapy. Their brochure states that the therapy reduces stress , can aid with social skills, helps with PTSD and anxiety symptoms and works well in conjunction with other therapies. The Farm is located in Ingleside Ontario. It is home based and mobile. Package deals are available.

To contact the Farm, call 613-360-9321 or email

Here is a photo of Joan Gibson patting a little rabbit. She seems to be enjoying it very much from the smile of pleasure on her face.

Joan has celebrated her 89th birthday recently . Happy Birthday Joan.

Another local senior, Dorothy Sullivan, also celebrated her 94th birthday. recently. Dorothy is a very pleasant and fun to be with lady, loved by all who know her. Congratulations Dorothy.

Limericks are always fun:

A mouse in her room scared Miss Dowd.

She was frightened , it must be allowed.

Soon a happy thought hit her –

To scare off the critter

She sat up in bed and meowed.

Here is a wonderful old article and photo of Princess Elizabeth before she became Queen and Prince Phillip visiting Cornwall in 1951.

It reads: Visit to Cornwall. Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip being met by the local dignitaries. Standing in front ( holding white gloves) is Mayor Aaron Horovitz and Helen Horovitz ( in fur coat.)

Photo courtesy of Sydney Horovitz

I saw on TV that some families have had to surrender their pets because of financial problems. Imagine some child crying for their pet!! Awful !!

Some time ago I made a suggestion of stores sponsoring pets for people of low income. For instance, if Mrs. Jones, a lonely senior, adopted a cat named Tilley from the SPCA, Riley’s Bakery, a store we all know and love, would sponsor the cat for the larger expenses like Veterinarian Animal Hospital visits. Maybe even the animal insurance. A large photo of Tilley could hang in the store with a little container under it for a loony or two from the public. Hopefully other stores would follow the lead and also sponsor pets too. Maybe some families could get their pets back. Worth a try.

Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence held a Thanksgiving Day Food Drive recently to benefit Centre 105 of Trinity Anglican Church. A big thank you to all the generous seniors who donated not only food but some warm scarves and socks and mittens for those in need. A big thank you also to Claudette Quesnel for all her work. Kudos.

Centre 105 is a drop-in day program providing breakfast as well as a social space for anyone in need. According to their latest newsletter I received from the Program Coordinator, Taylor Sequin, in 2020, because of the COVID requirements from the EOHU, the Centre had a ‘drive-thru’ approach where the meals were bagged and handed out of a window of the building following guidelines set out by the EOHU and the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. Now a choice is being offered to their participants to either take their breakfast meal to go or to come inside the main hall and eat indoors. Mental health and Addiction counsellors are also available on Fridays.

The centre operates every Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9am to 12 noon. Food donations are accepted on site. during those hours. Two large bins are located at the side entrance of Trinity Anglican Church, off the parking lot where donations can be left. For any financial donations, charitable tax receipts are provided by the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.

For more information on Centre 105, call the Drop-in phone at 613-933-3991, Ext. 30 or the Mobile phone at 613-360-9091. Email : info@centre

A few amusing lines from a reader:

1) My first job was working in an Orange Juice factory, but I got canned. couldn’t concentrate.

2) Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack but I couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.

3) After that I tried being a Tailor but wasn’t suited for it mainly because it was a sew-sew job.

4) Next I tried working in a Muffler factory but it was too exhausting.

5) Then I tried being a Chef-figured it would add a bit of spice to my life but just didn’t have the thyme.

6) next I attempted being a Deli Worker but any way I sliced it …I couldn’t cut the mustard.

7) I became a Professional Fisherman but discovered I couldn’t live on my net income

8) My last job was working at Starbucks but had to quit because it was always the same old grind.

Have a good week, Dawn

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