Wikwemikong Nursing Home residents celebrate new Tim Hortons franchise

Farrell Kanasawe gives a thumbs up to the residents’ drive-thru.

WIIKWEMKOONG – Wikwemikong Nursing Home (WNH) residents are eager to celebrate the highly-anticipated opening of Manitoulin’s first Tim Hortons and to mark the occasion, staff held a drive-thru for residents on Sunday.

Emily Barnes, WNH recreation manager, explained that because of the pandemic, residents aren’t able to physically go to the new Tim Hortons, which is scheduled to open on October 26, so staff decided to bring the experience to them.

Donuts and Timbits were donated by Espanola Tim Hortons owners the Lefebvre family (who also owns the Little Current franchise), with coffee purchased for the event by WNH.

A drive-thru window was created in one of the nursing home’s hallways and residents and staff alike cruised on through with their orders.

“We had 100 percent participation, which is great,” Ms. Barnes told The Expositor. “They were so thrilled.”

The official ribbon cutting was made by Farrell Kanasawe, locally referred to as “the mayor of Buzwah.”

“WNH residents are so eager to take part in significant Island events,” Ms. Barnes said, noting that sometimes it just takes a little creativity and imagination.