The administration staff from Bayshore Home Health in Pembroke forfeited their own dinner party, instead using that money to purchase lunch for a day at the temporary soup kitchen being operated at The Grind. The administration team also volunteered to help serve the lunch alongside two Algonquin College students doing a placement with the Boys and Girls Club at The Grind. In the photo from left, student Megan Coelho, Patsy St. Denis, Bayshore utilization specialist and HR recruiter, Sarah Gardiner, Bayshore operations manager, student Kaylea Cave and Denise Laroche, The Grind soup kitchen co-ordinator.
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Bayshore Home Health recently did some Christmas giving in the spring and hopes to encourage other businesses to do the same.The administrative staff at Bayshore decided to forfeit their oft-postponed administration dinner from Christmas, instead using the money to provide a meal at The Grind Coffee House.Bayshore operations manager Sarah Gardiner credited client services co-ordinator Laurie Chambers with coming up with the idea. Since the recent closure of the Salvation Army in Pembroke, The Grind has been doing its best to temporarily fill the soup kitchen gap on days when the one remaining soup kitchen in the city, that of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, is not operating. The Grind doesn’t have a full kitchen or the resources to take over that role permanently and community partners are looking for a permanent solution to fill the void. However, in the interim, The Grind has been hosting lunches when it has been able to with the assistance of other local businesses and restaurants.So on Friday, April 26, the administration staff from Bayshore used their 2018 Christmas dinner party fund to provide lunch at The Grind. Preparing the food was James Woito of Dream’s Catering and on the menu was beef stew or a vegan vegetable stew, Caesar salad, buns and butter. Gardiner noted that Woito gave them an excellent price on the lunch.The lunch ran from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with the Bayshore administration staff taking turns in shifts to serve and help out.Gardiner noted it was enlightening experience.“We felt it was important that we come out and support The Grind and the (temporary) soup kitchen and I’m really shocked by how many people use it. This has been an eye opening experience,” she said. “We hope that this will inspire other businesses and organizations in the community to get on board. There is a need for support services in the community, especially with the Salvation Army closing its doors.”The Bayshore staff involved in the soup kitchen lunch were Sarah Gardiner, operations manager, Patsy St. Denis, utilization specialist and human resources recruiter, Elizabeth Geroux, administrative assistant, Tania Park, nursing manager, Kirsten Cayen, home support manager, Laurie Chambers, client services co-ordinator and Chelsea Logue-Turtle, nursing co-ordinator.ADixon@postmedia.com