Manitoulin Lodge residents win prizes for Halloween art

Millie Belanger, left, and James Connell display their prize winning Halloween poster art.

GORE BAY – Residents of the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home in Gore Bay had the opportunity to get into the Halloween spirit, and to win prizes thanks to a local business.

“I thought it would be nice, since the local kids are going out for Halloween and there are events for them that we should do something for the senior residents at the lodge,” said Kim Graham of Raven’s Roost Medleys. She contacted a representative at the Lodge, “and asked if they would like to have the residents participate in a Halloween colouring contest.” 

Ms. Graham printed off a Halloween page for all Lodge residents to colour and brought them to the Lodge to distribute among the residents. A total of 14 Manitoulin Lodge residents participated in the colouring contest, and their works were displayed on the outside window of the local business last week. 

“I’ve been posting in the store and on our Facebook and website pages for customers to make sure that they vote on whose posters they think is the best,” said Ms. Graham.

One male, James Connell, and one female, Millie Belanger, had their artwork voted on as the best and they received gift baskets for their efforts. 

Gloria Hall, activities director of the Manitoulin Lodge, told the Recorder in an email November 1, “they both worked hard with lots of attention to detail. Notice the blending of the coloured leaves.”

Both Mr. Connell and Ms. Belanger won gift baskets which are complementary of Raven’s Roost Medleys, which included a “snow people” gift from Michelle Concannon, Manitoulin stickers from Sarah Gagne Design and several gifts from Raven’s Roost Medleys.