Community Comments – Be a Good Neighbour
The Fenelon Falls Age-Friendly Committee has nominated Phong Tan, owner of the Fenelon Falls Pharma Save as a ‘Good Neighbour’.
Mr. Tan demonstrated community leadership by diligently making sure that a large area outside of his store was always cleared of snow and safe for seniors.
When asked what motivates him, Mr. Tan said, “It’s a safety issue. I feel it’s important to keep the front of my business plowed to reduce the risk of falling, breaking bones and ensuring the safety of seniors. Patients should be able to access my business safely”.
But Phong does not feel that he should take all the recognition. “Dave Vanderwerf plows the entire front and removes the snowbanks so customers don’t have to climb over them. Dave ensures the store is completely clean before we even open. I don’t even have to ask. He is key to ensuring the safety of our residents and customers”.
According to the “Seniors Falls in Canada: Second Report”, falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian seniors, and between 20% and 30% of seniors fall each year. Falls and associated outcomes not only harm the injured individuals but also affect family, friends, care providers and the health care system. That is why community actions such as the excellent snow removal practiced by Mr. Tan and Mr. Vanderwerf are so important in helping to keep seniors healthy by preventing falls and their associated injuries.
Thank you Mr. Tan and Mr. Vanderwerf for your contribution to a healthy Fenelon Falls!
The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes celebrates John Scully as a Good Neighbour. John was nominated by his neighbour, Sunney, for this recognition because he consistently checks in on his elderly neighbours and is always willing to lend a hand when he sees a need. He often helps seniors in his building by shopping for groceries and carrying them to their door. He is trusted with peoples’ most valued possessions – their pets! From cat sitting to walking the family dog regularly, John takes pride in his ability to help others. Most importantly, he pops in and asks, “How are you today?”
When asked what motivates him to help his neighbours, John responded, “I’m given a sense of purpose and it encourages me to get out of my home for regular exercise and helps me manage my diabetes by walking the dog. Being welcomed into (my neighbours) homes and trusted with their family pets has given my self-esteem a boost”.
John is also a strong advocate and wants to make his neighbourhood a great place to live. “I believe in my community. I believe that the success of the community depends on the people who live in the town of Lindsay and the City of Kawartha Lakes”.
Bozena Hall and her husband would like to thank their kind neighbours, Doug & Eleonore, of Lindsay.
When their pet care provider cancelled right before their scheduled vacation to Punta Cana for their daughter’s wedding, their generous neighbours offered to take care of their rescued 10 year old Shih Tzu named, Justice, for the week.
“Doug and Eleanor were amazing, caring puppy parents to Justice. We are blessed to live in a community where people care and step in to help in the moment of need. Paying it forward feels good.”