Fairmount Home receives grant from the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary through indigenous culture and drum making

Posted on Tuesday January 10, 2017

Residents of Frontenac County’s accredited long term care home to take part in arts program 

Glenburnie, ON – Fairmount Home will offer residents a unique way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary next year thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area (CFKA). The grant was one of 24 announced by the CFKA last month.

An estimated 20 to 30 residents at Fairmount Home will enroll in an arts program named History Through Expression. The program involves hand drum making, drumming, indigenous singing, seated dancing and storytelling. It will run for 14 weeks starting in March and culminate in a performance at Fairmount Home on June 30, 2017. This will be the first time an indigenous arts program will be offered at the home in Glenburnie.

“We are so grateful to receive this CFKA grant, which will fund three aboriginal teachers, an arts educator, and a dance teacher plus drum making supplies,” said Lisa Hirvi, Administrator at Fairmount Home. “The program will offer rich and meaningful activities for our residents, honour indigenous tradition and celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary,” Hirvi continued.

Teachers include Jackie Mills, the creator of Sit ‘n Dance seniors’ dance program, Dalia Gesser, a theater educator specialized in senior programs, and  David Jock, Eric Voice and Brian St. Pierre who are aboriginal drum makers, drummers and story tellers.

Fairmount Home is a not-for-profit long term care home, managed through the GentlecareTM philosophy by the County of Frontenac and is accredited with Exemplary Standing which is Accreditation Canada's highest designation. It has been in existence since 1968 and is home to 128 residents.                                                                                   

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Marco Smits
Communications Officer
County of Frontenac - Corporate Services
2069 Battersea Road
Glenburnie ON  K0H 1S0
Phone:  613-548-9400 x 305
Fax: 613-548-8460
Email: msmits@frontenaccounty.ca
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