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Rachelle Beauparlant, Jovette Beaudry, Sylvie Venne, Cecile Allaire, Claudette Gauthier and Jacques Dupuis were all smiles as Au Château resident Laurette Corneiller cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of Au Château’s ‘Friends Corner’.
by Brad Aubin
A home is a place to welcome friends and share moments with family, and for the residents of Au Château Home for the Aged, there is now a spot for such intimate get-togethers. It is aptly called the ‘Friends Corner’, and it was unveiled on Nov. 1.
The newly renovated space, which used to be an underutilized greenhouse, now boasts several tables, chairs and swings where the residents can host and entertain family and friends. It took six months to transform the glassed-in room, and the Au Château Family Council, Les Châtelaines volunteer auxiliary and Au Château staff and residents were thrilled to celebrate the culmination of that work during the opening last Wednesday.
The idea was born months ago when the Family Council grew tired of seeing the old green room not being used to its full potential. They partnered up with the Chatelaines, and together with Au Château staff, worked to renovate the room.
“It was originally a greenhouse that was built in the 90s,” recounts Jovette Beaudry, chair of the Family Council. “And because of our residents getting older, and the lack of interest in gardening, it got turned into a makeshift storage. But we, the Family Council, as well as the Châtelaines, figured it would be great to clean it up, and open it up for the residents to enjoy. The Au Château staff was amazing in cleaning up, and we had a lot of community organizations and members donate either monetary donations, or items such as tables, chairs, swings, etc.”
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