Inspirational spirit

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Five years ago, Michelle lost her vision due to a brain tumour. Today, she is a valuable part of the team at Fairwinds Lodge Retirement Residence in Sarnia, ON. Michelle joined the Fairwinds team a year ago as a recreation assistant, and she hosts a wide variety of programs. She calls bingo using an iPad, which she navigates using voice-over technology; runs card games using brail cards; assists with weekly derby and brain game programs; and knits scarves to help the knitting club with their sales.
“Her spirit and [the] positive attitude that she brings to Fairwinds, despite the struggles that she faces, has really touched the residents,” said Tina DeBakker, lifestyle consultant at Fairwinds Lodge.

 

Michelle with members of the knitting club, selling hand-made items to raise funds for the Mike Weir Foundation.

 

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