Updated: Jun 3
Everyone likes a good deal and a good deal that helps seniors: well, the Haliburton Lions could not resist. So, the Lions jumped at the chance to partner with the Angus Glen Lions Club to acquire new tablets to give to seniors in Long Term Care Homes. Angus Glen’s project was supported by a Horizons for Seniors Program Grant that allowed them to match 1 for 1 the tablets purchased by another Lions Club. The Haliburton Lions purchase five Fire 7 tablets and Agnus Glen Lions Club matched our purchase and donated 5 tablets.
The tablets enable residents to chat with loved ones and they provide families assurance and comfort that their loved ones are safe and sound. And, of course, seniors can use the tablets to play music, access information and even play games!
Lion Gerald Hadley presented 6 new tablets to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services for Highland Woods LTC facility in Haliburton and Hyland Crest LTC facility in Minden and Lion Betty Mills presented 4 new tablets at Haliburton Extendicare LTC facility.
The Highlander Newspaper article in June 3, 2021
Haliburton and District Lions Club Enchanted Forest Service Project April 2021
The Haliburton Lions Enchanted Forest Service Project is, once again, up and running. We are gathering items for Loose Parts Play which will be part of the Construction Zone in this delightful children's play area.
Loose Parts is a wonderful term that speaks to “loose parts” in our environment that can be used to empower our children’s creativity. Many play experts and early childhood educators have adapted the theory of loose parts play. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Loose parts can be used alone or combined with other materials. There is no set of specific directions for materials that are considered loose parts. A term strongly connected to loose parts is open-ended. Open ended materials, environments, and experiences encourage problem solving and are child centered. Children involve themselves in concrete experiences using loose parts.
In the Enchanted Forest at Abbey Gardens the Loose Parts will include both natural and man-made items. I have included some pictures so that you will get a better idea of what loose parts play might look like as well as the materials that are needed.
I would like to invite you, our wonderful Highlands community to assist us in gathering loose parts. Here the starter list things we need:
One large deck box approximately 4 feet long
Two smaller deck boxes or similar containers
Lumber of varying sizes but not more than 3 feet long
Wood rounds – slices of trees