New fun co-coordinator enjoys being creative at Twin Lakes Village

Kaylene Hagen says she sees the positive difference activities make in residents’ lives
9/16/2020  - Deron Hamel
Pictured above, scenes from the Hawaiian Day Twin Lakes Village residents were recently treated to.  

Using her creative talents, tapping into her educational background and getting to know the people living at Twin Lakes Village are among the things Kaylene Hagen says she’s liked best about being the fun co-ordinator at the Sarnia seniors living community.

Kaylene, who started her position in July, says taking a new job in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic has been a different type of experience, given the restrictions in place to keep residents and team members safe, but she’s been able to tap into her creative talents to make programs work.

One creative idea Kaylene and her team came up with recently was to host Hawaiian Day, a day-long event that provided residents with a virtual trip to Hawaii that included a simulated plane ride and a landing where they received traditional leis as well as tropical food and drinks.

“I’ve received some positive feedback already, which has made me feel good,” she tells S&R Today. “The residents are appreciating the work we’re doing despite all the limitations we have right now.”

Prior to joining the Twin Lakes Village team, Kaylene attended the University of Guelph, where she studied adult development and aging. The program largely focuses on seniors and their needs in order to be physically and emotionally healthy.

Kaylene says one of the reasons she chose to work in a seniors living community is that she wanted to use her educational background in adult development and aging.

“It’s something that I’ve always been interested in doing but just haven’t had the chance until now,” she says.

Kaylene also has experience working with children, and she has spent time living abroad – in fact, she returned to Canada in early 2020 after spending nearly a year living in Sydney, Australia.

Getting to know Twin Lakes Village’s residents and create meaningful programming for them has also been a highlight for Kaylene.

“I enjoy coming into work because the residents are happy to see you, and you see the difference it makes in their day when they get to do activities,” she says.

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