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Seasons resident helping to feed his fellow residents

Seasons resident helping to feed his fellow residents

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A resident at Seasons Amherstburg is doing his part to help feed both himself and others that live at the local retirement community.

Ron Trombley has been growing beets, tomatoes, peppers, onions and other vegetables and herbs in the gardens at the rear of the Front Road South retirement home. He does so in conjunction with Beau Veldhuis, dining services manager at Seasons Amherstburg with Veldhuis helping to acquire the vegetable plants needed.

“They let me come out and do what I want,” said Trombley.

Ron Trombley tends to the gardens at Seasons Amherstburg. (Photo by Jenn Lauzon)

Trombley said he looks after the gardens as best he can, including watering and weeding, and the food is eventually harvested and used in the kitchen to feed all of the residents. It is something Trombley said he is very familiar with.

“I came from a farm of 140 acres,” he explained. “I get my hands dirty.”

Not all the gardens at the back of Seasons are his, as resident Nida Agositinis still plants flowers in some of them. However, she joked that Trombley is younger than she is so he can take over most of the beds.

Trombley also quipped that he doesn’t plant flowers because “if I can’t eat it, I don’t plant it.”

A resident of Seasons Amherstburg since May 2017, Trombley said he is one of 18 children. He noted he wants to give back to his fellow residents.

“All the people are good to me so I try to be good to them,” he said.

When he was approached about planting vegetables, he jumped at the chance.

“They haven’t given me any crap yet,” he said.

A sample of the gardens at Seasons Amherstburg that resident Ron Trombley is tending to. (Photos by Jenn Lauzon)

Trombley added he can spend upwards of six hours a day in the garden at the start and finish of the season but said he spends about 90 minutes in the evening and 90 minutes in the morning at other points during the summer.

Agositinis said she still enjoys planting flowers, noting she waters the geraniums at least once per day. She estimates she spent five or six years in the garden.

“I love flowers,” said Agositinis.

Agositinis added that Trombley has “done a good job” and that they have a good relationship.

“We are very friendly,” she said. “As long as I feel good, I’ll keep a few flowers and keep working like we did this year.”

Seasons donates 100 turkeys to Mission in time for Christmas

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

At each of their properties across Canada, Seasons donated 100 turkeys to food banks and missions in their respective communities.

“This is a great day for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission,” said Tim McAllister, president. “We are so very blessed that Seasons has chosen to donate 100 turkeys to us this holiday season. Their generous support has allowed us to continue serving our community and those in need. You have blessed us, and now we can share that blessing with others.”

Initially there was discussion about all the area Seasons donating their turkeys to the Windsor Essex County Food bank, but dining services manager at Seasons Amherstburg Beau Veldhuis explained each of the area Seasons wanted the opportunity to keep their donation in their respective communities.

“We try to help out whenever we can, if we’ve got things that we can bring over and help out, that’s what we try to do,” said Veldhuis. “There are plenty of needy families right here in Amherstburg, so we are all going to our individual missions and food banks to donate our turkeys.”

Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission president Tim McAllister (left) and vice president Shirley Hitchcock (right) accepted a truck load of 100 turkeys from Beau Veldhuis (centre) on behalf Seasons, which launched a company-wide program to give back to their communities.

Shirley Hitchcock, vice president at the Mission said some of the turkeys will be cooked for the annual Christmas dinner, while others will be given to those who go to the Mission to receive assistance regularly. Those people, she said, know who they are.

“Everybody here knows. People that don’t need it in this area don’t ask for it and people that do need help that’s why we’re here so if they come and they need a turkey they’re having a turkey,” said Hitchcock. “When people have a number of children it’s easier for them to cook the turkeys at home and just get the trimmings to go with it.”

Seasons dropped off 100 turkeys to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission last Thursday afternoon as part of their company-wide program to give back to their communities.

Veldhuis, explained they worked with their grocery partner, Sysco Canada to work out a deal with them to be able to provide 100 turkeys to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. All of the turkeys across all of the Seasons properties were donated to the area food banks and missions Dec. 14.

“It’s great to be able to help,” said Veldhuis. “I know it’s not me personally but it’s Seasons as a company that’s helping and it’s a great initiative so I hope we continue to do it because we sure can do it. I think we lose track of how many people are out there that need the help.”

Seasons Amherstburg brightens Easter at the Mission

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Seasons Amherstburg helped brighten the spirits of those at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission just in time for Easter.

Seasons general manager Brenda D’Alimonte, food services manager Beau Veldhuis and Seasons residents Joan Browning, Nida Agnositis and Matt and Julie Predki delivered 100 hams to the mission last Thursday afternoon.

“Each Seasons property did the same for their communities,” explained D’Alimonte. “It’s to help out around the Easter holidays.”

D’Alimonte said they know that the mission provides a valuable service in the community and that there are also seniors in the community who need some assistance.

“That’s what we’re here for,” she added.

Seasons Amherstburg donated 100 hams to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission last Thursday afternoon. Front row (from left): Seasons Amherstburg general manager Brenda D’Alimonte, Matt Predki, Joan Browning, Julie Predki and Nida Agnositis.  Back row (from left): Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission president Tim McAllister and Seasons Amherstburg food services manager Beau Veldhuis.

Seasons Amherstburg donated 100 hams to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission last Thursday afternoon. Front row (from left): Seasons Amherstburg general manager Brenda D’Alimonte, Matt Predki, Joan Browning, Julie Predki and Nida Agnositis. Back row (from left): Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission president Tim McAllister and Seasons Amherstburg food services manager Beau Veldhuis.

Tim McAllister, president of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission’s board of directors, said they had their Easter dinner Monday. He was thankful for the donation from Seasons Amherstburg.

“This is a big boost for the mission to receive this many hams,” said McAllister. “It makes us feel very excited. It’s great that Seasons was able to donate these hams.”

Donations are always welcome at the mission, he added, but it is special when donations come around holidays.

“At these times, it means a lot to the people we serve,” said McAllister. “Any time is good (for donations), but especially on occasions like Easter.”

McAllister added it was “hard to put into words” how much the donation meant to the non-profit organization.

“It means a lot to the mission,” he said.