In April, Lisa Wager’s mom, who has dementia, transferred to Fairvern from a nursing home in Gravenhurst. The difference in care was noticeable, says Wager, and it made her realize how lucky Huntsville is to have a facility like Fairvern.
“In the first three days, could not get over the difference from one home to the other,” says Wager. “The care and compassion shown by volunteers and staff is out of this world. You can truly tell that they love what they do and they are good at what they do.”
Wager had been looking for a cause to support with her new business, Muskoka North Health Care Supplies, which she started in December 2015 after 25 years in the healthcare supply industry. She began a campaign to donate a portion of her sales during May to Fairvern.
“I thought, ‘This is the fit, this is where I want money to go,'” says Wager. As a result of the campaign, she presented a $500 cheque to Tracy Badger, Fairvern’s Administrator, last week.
“I’m all about giving back to community and keeping it local,” says Wager. “(Fairvern) is close to my heart. I didn’t realize how important it is until my mom went there. I think a lot of the community doesn’t realize what goes on behind the bricks and mortar of that building. It blew my mind.”
Wager says she hopes to repeat the campaign annually. “If I can give back in some way, it makes me happy at the end of the day.”
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