VON Guelph Wellington News:
From Kelly Gee
Every year, VON Week provides us an opportunity to raise VON’s profile in the communities we serve. This year, celebrating all of VON’s incredible staff and volunteers was especially important as they all continue to deliver the best and safest care possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of VON staff are working on the front lines or supporting front-line work behind the scenes. Everyone in this effort is making a remarkable difference in the lives of our clients and their caregivers.
We encouraged our VON community and beyond to show their support for the VON team and recognize the important difference their caregiving and work makes.
Our community delivered.
Notable buildings and landmarks across Ontario and Nova Scotia were lit up in VON blue in honour of our team. Including: CN Tower, Niagara Falls, Nova Scotia Province House, Halifax City Hall, Nova Scotia Government House Flying the VON Flag, Belleville Bridge, City of Hamilton Sign, Peterborough City Hall, Toronto City Hall and Toronto Sign, Brampton City Hall Clock Tower.
Proclamations for VON Week were made by several municipalities in Ontario, as well as across the entire province of Nova Scotia. We also received some heartfelt video greetings from a few political leaders, dignitaries and some well-known Canadian talent including;
· His Honour the Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
· Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
· The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour
· The Honourable Mary Coyle, Canadian Senator
· The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard, CM ONS, Canadian Senator
· Rick Hansen, CC OBC, The Rick Hansen Foundation
· George Canyon, Country Music Singer
The full playlist of VON Week video greetings from mayors, MPPs, celebrities and more can be viewed on https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6Ap7cgdoA67b0zV85LBH4NoAjw7DxAnI
It so important to Stay Active!!
The VON is offering a number of way that one can participate in the SMART exercise Program while social distancing:
Zoom is a video conferencing platform that can be used through a computer desktop or mobile app, and allows users to connect online for video conference meetings, webinars and live chat.
The app is available to download for free, and Zoom users can choose to sign up to the free service, or for a number of paid plans. The free services allows users to create unlimited meetings with up to 100 participants, although the time limit for group meetings is 40 minutes.
How does it work?
Zoom allows users to create and join virtual meeting rooms where they can communicate with each other using video, and audio. Additional features can give participants the ability to share their screen, share files, and use text chat within the meeting group or privately with others in the meeting.
In order to join a Zoom meeting, a participant needs to have the Zoom app, and either the meeting link, or a Meeting ID and a password. While you do not need Zoom account to access a meeting, users need to set up an account in order to host a meeting.
Click here for the VON SMART exercise class schedule Monday through Friday
If you would like to join a live Zoom Class email Kelly Gee and she will send you the Zoom Link to access the live classes.
VON SMART Exercise Programs:
The VON Exercise classes can be accessed through this playlist on YouTube: https://youtu.be/EC9a0rQKBvQ
Wightman Channel 6:
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7am Low Intensity, 8am Moderate Intensity, 9am High Intensity.
VON Fall Prevention Series: Monday, Wednesday and Friday's at 9 AM. Modules rotate through all 12 of them. The VON Falls Prevention Series is also on our Wightman YouTube page here: ://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt3MmNNNKrHWftstS-sjexx357ysQ09kp
Check out our VON Facebook Page for activity challenges!
VON SMART Bingo
Check out our VON SMART Exercise Website and Facebook Page for updates as to when our programs will continue to run in the community.