Trillium Villa residents enjoy a fun-and-food-filled Valentine's Day

A top-notch dinner, loved-themed activities, and gifts from the community highlight the day
3/13/2023  - Deron Hamel

Valentine's Day is taken seriously at Trillium Villa, so when Feb. 14 rolled around the food services and life enrichment teams at the Sarnia long-term care community partnered to prepare a day the residents will remember for a long time.

The day included a top-notch dinner that was prepared by the food services team that capped off a day of fun activities with a love theme that was organized by the life enrichment department.

During the day, life enrichment team members decorated Trillium Villa with lots of hearts to set the mood for romance and love. Residents and team members dressed in red and pink – the colours most associated with the day – to add to the festivities. Activities were centred on celebrating love and romance.

Trillium Villa food services manager Brandy Charlton says one of the highlights of the day came when residents received a batch of handmade Valentine's Day cards that were delivered by students from St. Matthew Catholic School. Each card contained heartfelt messages and unique decorations from the children.

Additionally, Shell Canada sent each resident a carnation from LaPier's Flowers & Gifts in Corunna.

With the home's full-time chef away on holidays at the time, part-time chef Dana Sorensen stepped in to create the special meal, which received lots of praise from residents, Brandy says.

At dinner, residents had a choice of roast beef, accompanied by garlic shrimp, garlic mashed potatoes, and sautéed zucchini and mushrooms, or a salmon fillet with fresh lemon, heart-shaped ravioli with alfredo sauce, and green beans with red peppers.

Chef Tammy Pottle prepared red velvet cake and mixed berries that were served for dessert, Brandy says, adding that Tammy “made sure that even the texture-modified desserts had the same lovely flair and appeal.”

Brandy says residents shared with her how much they loved their dinner.

“(Resident) Catherine Gray told me that it was one of the most memorable and delicious meals she has enjoyed at Trillium,” Brandy says.

“She said that tender roast beef and garlic shrimp are two of her favourite items and to have them paired together was 'magical.' ”

One of Trillium Villa's resident couples, Shaun and Mary Baldwin, also shared with Brandy how much they enjoyed dinner.

“(They) stated that the meal was not only delicious, but the ambience was romantic and they were able to enjoy the romance at a table for two,” she says.

“It was very special for them.”

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