Heron Terrace bake sale raises $361 for Heart and Stroke Foundation

Event demonstrated strong community spirit, says organizer Connie Poisson
4/13/2018  - Deron Hamel
Heron Terrace team members show their support for the Heart and Stroke Foundation during a March 7 fundraiser.  

Heron Terrace life enrichment worker Connie Poisson has volunteered to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation for several years, but rather than canvassing for the charity, she decided to host a fundraiser at work this year.

So on March 7 the Windsor long-term care community hosted a raffle and bake sale to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, bringing in $361 that was donated to the charity.

Connie brought residents, their families and team members on board. She and a group of residents did some baking. Team members working in the kitchen baked two fancy cakes – tiramisu and a peanut-butter chocolate cake – as well as crème brulee and chocolate-covered strawberries.

“Our chefs went over and above,” Connie tells S&R Today.

Connie says the event reflected the spirit of community felt at Heron Terrace, adding the fundraiser “encompassed everyone.” Residents’ family members and staff brought in baked goodies for the fundraiser, she adds

There were also hats issued by the Hearth and Stroke Foundation that were worn by residents, families and staff members participating in the fundraiser.

Almost everybody wore red, the official colour of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, in support of the cause, or clothing featuring heart-shaped designs.

One of the family members won the peanut-butter chocolate cake that was raffled. The cake was then donated to staff members working in the neighbourhood where the gentleman’s mother lives, says life enrichment co-ordinator Lori George, adding team members were more than happy to accept the donation.

“The cakes were lovely – even if you didn’t eat cake, you wanted to have some,” Lori chuckles.

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