Friday, April 01, 2011

Dinner, Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A wonderful turnout this evening with many members and guests and we thank you all for attending! Thank you too for your contributions to the First Presbyterian Church Food Bank for their Easter hampers.

Our meal began with a “stew soup”, which was a thick vegetable soup full of good things! This was followed by delicious salmon accompanied by steamed rice and stir-fry vegetables. Our dessert was carrot cake with cream butter icing – just a mouth-watering meal with juice, tea and coffee for beverages.

Nick introduced the head table, which included Wendy J. Scott, RN, as guest speaker. Other guests included Councillor Betty McIntosh and her husband Ken. Councillor Bill Harper was also in attendance, as were Paul Forseth, Peter Julian, MP and Diana Dilworth. Mike Redmond introduced his wife Laura and her mother, Alma, and Maureen introduced Linda, Denise, Louise and Gilles, who also attended as guests this evening.

Earl had a few notes including mention of the recipient of the Douglas College award, Lisa Neilson, who was unable to attend the dinner. The Will Rogers Follies will fill the stage of the Massey Theatre in April, and if we are in groups of ten or more, we will be entitled to ticket discounts.

Following dinner, we adjourned to the theatre where Maureen introduced the guest speaker. Wendy J Scott has a background in Nursing and operates the franchise Nurse Next Door Home Healthcare Services. Wendy was so eloquent and showed a beautifully prepared PowerPoint presentation outlining her work and business.

A brochure describes Nurse Next Door Home Healthcare Services as “specializing in exceptional care for remarkable people encountering changes in their lives.” Wendy advised that the average life span for Canadians is 80 years for women and 75 for men, so with people living longer there is a definite need for Nurse Next Door services.

Betty McIntosh thanked Wendy for her presentation and noted that they both graduated about the same time; Betty from Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster and Wendy from St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. What a wonderful reunion for these two professional registered nurses!

Nick thanked everyone for attending and reminded the Directors that the next meeting is on Wednesday, April 13, in the Plaskett Room of the New Westminster Library.

Calvin Donnelly who was unable to attend the dinner arrived later in the evening and led the singing of God Save the Queen. Thanks Calvin!

Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, when the guest speaker will be Dr. John Blatherwick – that will be an extremely interesting evening!

Thanks for viewing, and best wishes,