Picton Rotary delighted with Apricot Ribbon campaign

Pictured in front of Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital is Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation and member of Picton Rotary, John Clarke, president of the Rotary Club of Picton and Lisa Mowbray, patient services manager and site lead for QHC PECMH. Photo by Briar Boyce.

 

DESIRÉE DECOSTE

STAFF WRITER

The Picton Rotary Club are delighted people are responding to their apricot ribbon campaign which honours local health care workers in a number of different ways. 

The campaign which was jointly launched May 30 by the Rotary Clubs of Picton and Wellington, Kinsman Club of Picton, Kiwanis Club of Picton, 99.3 County FM, and Picton businesses Tim Horton’s and Home Hardware was created to recognize the work and sacrifice of our local Health Care Teams during the pandemic and throughout our lives.

“We are delighted people are responding to our apricot ribbon campaign honouring our health care workers in a number of ways,” said Rob Leek, Rotary member, in a statement. “Putting up lawn signs saying “thank you”, flying apricot ribbons in gratitude and sending us testimonials about the great work that is taking place on the front lines.”

Here are some examples of testimonials sent in to Picton Rotary:

“Chantelle Scott is a Developmental Support Worker with Community Living Picton. She does not hesitate when they are short staffed to take the extra shifts to help out throughout this hard time dealing with COVID-19. She makes sure the needs of the people she supports are met with the highest level of care”

Judy Silverberg writes.  “Recently, in what can only be described as a dumb moment, I inadvertently swiped my hand across a very hot stovetop. Off I went to emergency seeking treatment for the resulting painful burn.  Upon arrival I was immediately taken inside to be treated. The triage, nurses and doctor were wonderful. So gentle and kind, yet swift and professional. I remember feeling overwhelmingly grateful to receive this level of care right here in our town of Picton.  Even the front desk security staff were lovely.   As I was making my way out to the parking lot to wait for my husband, one of them very kindly said “go have a seat in the living room, and I’ll come get you when he’s here”. I was very touched by his gesture, and I won’t soon forget his witty thoughtfulness.  I am pleased to display my apricot ribbon in support of the wonderful health care team we have here.”  

Bill Mitchell contributes.  “In May of last year, I suffered a stroke on my left side. My right arm has been paralyzed since birth so I am a little useless. I was taken immediately to B.G.H from Wellington where I was taken to intensive care. I spent 3 or 4 days in I.C.U, and to the Sills wing for Re-Hab for 4 days. I wish I could remember all the names of the nurses and doctors who took care of me during COVID. All I can say is that we have the best Hospitals and staff in Ontario.  Today I’m 99 % back to normal except for my memory so I am very sorry I can’t remember names, but I’m sure they remember me.  Thank you, Thank you. I owe all concerned my life.”

“Please keep these testimonials coming,” Leek expressed in a statement. “Let your health care workers know how much we value their dedication and sacrifices.  They will appreciate your reaching out.”

Please send in your comments/testimonials to pictonrotary@gmail.com