Launching Operation BackPacks at VOTT earns Tina Drew the S&R Community Service Award

Tina spearheaded this initiative, which saw 26 backpacks filled with school supplies donated to children from families in need
6/7/2019  - Deron Hamel
Village on the Thames fun co-ordinator Tina Drew is pictured here after receiving the S&R Community Service Award.  

Last August, Village on the Thames participated in the United Way of Chatham-Kent’s Operation BackPacks initiative for the first time by filling 26 backpacks with school supplies destined for local children from families in need.

For leading the charge on this initiative, Village on the Thames fun co-ordinator Tina Drew was recently presented with the S&R Community Service Award at the 2019 Steeves & Rozema awards celebration.

Tina got the idea to have the Chatham-Kent seniors living community participate in the program after hearing an ad on the radio.

Tina approached residents and her colleagues about the idea, and people jumped on board. Tina, along with residents and other staff members, bought pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks and other supplies that were filled into backpacks for students.

After the backpacks were filled, Tina, along with three residents, Elinor Wilson, Inez Smith and Jean MacFarlane, dropped the backpacks off at the United Way of Chatham-Kent.

Tina says she’s honoured to have received the Community Service Award, but she adds that it was Village on the Thames executive director Ian Murray who provided the support for her and the residents to accomplish this initiative.

“I could not have done this without Ian’s support and encouragement,” she says.

The Community Service Award recognizes staff members at Steeves & Rozema’s long-term care and seniors living communities – collectively or as individuals – who have demonstrated commitment to their communities.

Steeves & Rozema’s 2019 awards celebration was held April 25 in Sarnia. Awards were given out in four categories: Above and Beyond, Community Service, Quality Improvement and Volunteer Recognition.

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