Island couple hosts barbecue for residents of Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home

Gracious hosts! Jim and Connie Dalrymple get ready to serve residents of the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home the barbecued lunch they had prepared for the event. The couple has hosted an annual barbecue for the residents of the Lodge for the past five years.

The Recorder

GORDON BARRIE ISLAND—A Gordon/Barrie Island township couple opened up their home and property again last week to hold a barbecue lunch for the residents of the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home in Gore Bay, last Friday. 

“It is very rewarding to do this for the residents of the lodge,” said Connie Dalrymple who, along with her husband Jim, has held the annual barbecue lunch for the Manitoulin Lodge residents for the past five years. 

“It provides the residents of the lodge a wonderful opportunity to have an outing, visit our home, enjoy a barbecue lunch and have the chance to sit and look at the wonderful views of the water and bay of the town (Gore Bay) from our property,” said Mr. Dalrymple. “We enjoy having them visit every year.”

Ms. Dalrymple explained, “this year’s barbecue had the biggest turnout yet, with 20 residents taking part.”

The lunch included barbecue hamburgers, hot dogs, all kinds of salads, soft drinks and juices.

“It was great to have so many residents on hand and we really appreciate the help several volunteers and residents family members provided,” said Mr. Dalrymple. “New helpers this year included Mary and Brian Bell, who really helped out, and Brian mentioned he has consented to being a driver for the Angel Bus.”

Residents were transported from the Manitoulin Lodge to the Dalrymples’ home on the East Bluff, just outside of Gore Bay, via the Angel Bus. 

Mr. Dalrymple noted that, “Connie volunteers at the nursing home and the idea for the barbecue just sort of happened.” 

“Gloria (Hall, activities co-ordinator at the Lodge) did a really good job of recruiting us for this,” he said adding “we enjoy it as much as the residents.”