As the rays of the sun enter the Brookside Room, a popular winter sport continues throughout the warmer months — no ice is needed. The much anticipated curling game hosted by volunteers Elaine and Alan Demaline attracts many residents and affects two very important factors in their lives — their physical and social well- being.
The opportunities for volunteering at Forest Dale Home are boundless! Age is no factor. Our visitors range in age from one year old to over 90 years old. We have more than 80 regular volunteers and have room for more. Volunteering at Forest Dale has health benefits: as well adding years to your life, it can increase levels of empathy and compassion.
To return the favour, our residents do their share of giving back to the community. Some residents help at the Shepody Food Bank on Monday mornings. Some help in the classroom at Riverside Consolidated School, and help Foods of the Fundy Valley pack the food bags that are delivered to individuals from Curryville to Alma.
Our volunteers view life at Forest Dale as a phase most of us will experience. We may need assistance and recreation in our daily lives. With a collaborated effort involving staff, family, friends and community members, we continue to nurture others and grow ourselves. The selfless efforts of our volunteers give Forest Dale a warm glow. The kindness they show to our residents fosters supportive relationships between volunteers and residents. They connect on an individual level that reflects their personal gifts and talents. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.