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Cash lifts dementia care program

Susan Urban, of Mid-Island Co-op, left, presents a $2,000 cheque to Carolina Ponsford of Nanaimo Travellers Lodge. The donation goes to the lodge’s volunteer program. - Photo contributed
Susan Urban, of Mid-Island Co-op, left, presents a $2,000 cheque to Carolina Ponsford of Nanaimo Travellers Lodge. The donation goes to the lodge’s volunteer program.
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People suffering from dementia will have more support from volunteers at Nanaimo Travellers Lodge thanks to the generosity of the Mid Island Co-op.

Travellers is a non-profit, charitable organization and the only dedicated dementia care facility in the mid Island.

The co-op’s $2,000 donation goes toward the lodge’s volunteer program, including supplies, training and activities.

There are more than 50 volunteers from teens to seniors taking part in the programs, and they are an integral part of keeping the lodge lively. They help in a variety of programs that greatly enhance the lives of the residents.

“Our volunteers are extremely valuable to enriching the lives of the elders at the lodge and we are so grateful to Mid Island Co-op and its members for helping people with dementia,” said Carolina Ponsford, programs manager. “Volunteers work closely with staff to help elders regularly engage in meaningful programming that keeps them moving, thinking and feeling part of the community. ”

To support Nanaimo Travellers Lodge, please go to www.nanaimotravellerslodge.com.

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