Residents and volunteer walking


2014 Review of Volunteer Services

In 2014 we averaged 55 volunteers each month providing services at Fairmount Home.

All together, our registered volunteers contributed 6,115.5 recorded hours!

Garden volunteer(This does not include groups who volunteer time regularly such as the 4H Club and entertainment, and those who forget to record their hours on occasion.)

Photo: One of our gardening volunteers with a resident in our beautiful gardens.




Welcome to the new Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator with volunteerThere were some big changes in the Volunteer Department in 2014.  It was a slow start to the year but in March we welcomed Kym St.Pierre into the Programming Department.  Kym has 20 years experience in Gerontology, 7 of those years spent here at Fairmount Home in the Nursing Department.  

Photo: Peter Barbier, volunteer, Kym St.Pierre, Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator & Ralph Haddrall.




Connie Girling accepting her volunteer pinOntario Volunteer Service Awards

We were privileged to once again have the opportunity to nominate volunteers for the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards in 2012. The adult volunteers chosen for 5+ years of commitment to Fairmount were Sue McDonald, Connie Girling, Alexis Girling, Bruce Kivell, Paul Erickson and Lucille Crowe. Our youth nominee for 2+ years of consecutive service at Fairmount was Darby Flynn. Our congratulations to these volunteers and thank you again for all you do!



Worker with broken down elevatorKingston Frontenac Rotary Auditorium Grand Opening

Who can forget the many months of construction!  After what seemed like forever having Bingo in the 1 South Activity Room & music in the Lobby we officially opened the doors to the Kingston Frontenac Rotary Auditorium on November 19th, 2014.  Residents, volunteers & staff ar now able to utilize this space and what a feeling it is!  Your patince, support and energy was greatly appreciated during the long wait!

Photos (lower left): Kingston Rotarians enjoying refreshments at the Kingston Frontenac Rotary Auditorium Grand Opening. (left): Pastor Lewis, with volunteers Gerry Crawford, Lucille Crowe & Dot Whiston at the Grand Opening.

Pastor Lewis and volunteers    Grand Opening food



Volenteer and resident at barnAuxiliary contributed new appliances

Auxiliary TeaThank you so very much to our very dedicated Auxiliary for contributing the new appliances for the Kingston Frontenac Rotary Auditorium kitchen. 

Photos: (left) A few of our Auxiliary ladies at the Grand Opening. (right) Millie Collins at the Annual Auxiliary Tea & Sale in October.




Volunteer Education Workshops

hand hygieneOur September 18th, 2014 volunteer workshop on Dementia made for some great opportunities as we learned about the importance of effective communication skills, empathy, and active listening skills. The Alzheimer Society-Kingston generously provided the Educator, Bob Fisher for the workshop.  In May volunteers had the opportunity to attend a Palliative Care 1:1 workshop put together by our Nurse Practitioner, Dianne Kirkpatrick, Dawn Peterkin, RN, Tina Truesdale, Restorative Nurse and Kym St.Pierre, Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator.  In February 2015; there was a Communication & Infection Control Workshop.  Stay tuned for date of our next workshop, contact Kym St.Pierre to sign up.



ISLC Spa Dayn May at the request of one of our Beauty Break volunteers, we welcomed St.Lawrence College Esthetics students & thier teacher Tammy Riehl.  The students came in for a few hours to give the residents manicures while our Beauty Break volunteers were invited to sit back and observe to learn some new skills (and enjoy a manicure of course).  A big thank you to St.Lawrence College for coming out to support of Beauty Break volunteers & give our residents beautiful manicures!




Merry Christmas

Volunteer SantaDid you know that every year on Christmas Day Santa and Synjyn visit with residents at Fairmount Home? What a lovely gift to ensure everyone gets doggie love and a little extra cheer on Christmas Day. Our thanks to volunteer Bill McCormick from Sheba's Haven Rescue for making this happen. Ho Ho Ho!