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March 26, 2013
Toronto long-term care residents receive spring flowers from Canada Blooms
Residents at Seven Oaks, one of the City of Toronto's 10 long-term care homes, celebrated spring today by accepting a donation of several hundred flowers that were featured in Canada Blooms, Canada's largest flower and garden festival.

“A sure indication of spring, this contribution of flowers demonstrates how this great partnership between the City of Toronto and Canada Blooms works to benefit appreciative seniors living in our neighbourhood," said Councillor Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. "These flowers will lift the spirits of residents at Seven Oaks and those connected with Meals on Wheels and Pathway, a program with the Rouge Valley Health System programs."

Councillor Robinson and participating residents of Scarborough's Seven Oaks were joined by Gerry Ginsberg, General Manager of Canada Blooms, Clayton Procter of Procter's Cartage, and Reg Paul, General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services.

"The generosity of the donation by Canada Blooms to the residents of Seven Oaks is only surpassed by the joy it will bring," said Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East). "What a great partnership the City has with Canada Blooms that allows us to brighten a room, a kitchen table, a hallway, nurse's station or gathering places with these wonderful flowers."

"We are proud to honour the residents of Toronto who have contributed so much to the quality of life in our city by donating flowers at the conclusion of Canada Blooms," said Ginsberg.

The unique partnership between Canada Blooms and the City of Toronto's Long-Term Care Homes and Services Division is in its sixth year. In past years, residents at Bendale Acres, Cummer Lodge, Fudger House, Castleview Wychwood Towers and Lakeshore Lodge have benefited from the program, which provides a loving home for hundreds of healthy plants while improving quality of life for long-term care residents who have spent a large amount of time indoors during the winter and are ready to mark the beginning of spring.

After the show closed its doors Sunday evening, a group of dedicated volunteers spent hours preparing several hundred plants for shipping. This morning, Procter's Cartage delivered the bounty to Seven Oaks free of charge.

Residents who attended today's event were invited to select flowers for their rooms. Afterwards, staff and volunteers visited each room to ensure residents who were not able to attend the celebration also received plants to brighten their bedsides.

In addition to Seven Oaks, Canada Blooms donated plants to local partners in care, including Meals on Wheels and Pathways, a program with the Rouge Valley Health System.

Long-Term Care Homes & Services is a leader in excellence and groundbreaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE.

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