2019 News

Northern Credit Union selects ABM Seniors at Home for their October Community Partner

Para-Transit Coach Fundraiser reaches $20,000 – September 30, 2019

WOW! We’ve reached the $20,000.00 mark on our goal of raising $30,000.00 for our Para Transit Care Coach! Our community depends on this service as it is the ONLY specialized transportation service in Arnprior and McNab/Braeside. If you have not donated to this vital service, please do so by donating here or visiting our office at 106 McGonigal St. West, or call 613-623-7981. If you live in this community, odds are that you or someone you know has used or will use this service at some point in their life. Let’s keep the CARE COACH thriving in our community!



Para-Transit Coach Fundraiser reaches Half Way Goal – August 20, 2019

Over $10,000 Raised in our Yellow Envelope Campaign

 Help us reach our Goal of  $30,000 in support of our Para-Transit Care Coach! The ONLY specialized transportation service for people of all ages in Arnprior and McNab Braeside. OVER 22,688 trips provided since 2008! Please donate generously either through our website, www.cssagency.ca, by mail or in person at 106 McGonigal St. West, Unit A1, Arnprior, K7S 1M4, or call 613-623-7981. Every bit helps to keep this vital service operating in our community.


Seventh Annual Yellow Envelope Campaign now underway – June 2019

You may have recently received this letter with your mail. We encourage you to take a moment to read it. This year marks our 7th annual campaign to raise funds for our Para Transit Care Coach, the ONLY accessible vehicle service in Arnprior & McNab Braeside. This vital service relies on the generosity of your donations. Since February 2008, we’ve provided 22,688 trips for people requiring accessible transport…whether to work, appointments, social functions or to and from the hospital, members of our community rely on this service, and perhaps you may too! For more information on donating or if you are a business or organization interested in sponsoring our Care Coach, please call 613-623-7981 or email [email protected]

Grand Parade raises close to $10,000 for Arnprior Seniors at Home – June 2019

June 06, 2019 by Becky Ranger, Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home

Everyone loves a parade, especially one for a great cause!

On Saturday, June 1 Arnprior was host to its first annual The Grand Parade, a national walk-a-thon benefiting Seniors Support Services, across Canada. The event was held at Arnprior District High School and followed a route through downtown Arnprior. Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home program partnered with The Blue Sea Foundation, a charitable organization located in Kitchener, Ont. to make the event possible. The Blue Sea Foundation is also responsible for other charitable events, such as Coldest Night of the Year and the Ride for Refuge.

“We were so pleased to be able to work with The Blue Sea Foundation on this event – as a small non-profit agency, their expertise and resources were monumental in making this event a success, here in Arnprior,” says Becky Ranger, development co-ordinator for Seniors at Home. “While final numbers are still to be announced, we expect to be close to the $10,000 mark, and this is just our first year.”

Once fundraising numbers are finalized, Seniors at Home will receive a grant from The Blue Sea Foundation for 70 per cent of the profits raised.

“Given the overhead costs of hosting events, and the many resources provided by Blue Sea, this has been a great partnership for us that we hope to continue in the future,” said Ranger.

Approximately 80 people participated this year, either as walkers or volunteers and the Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program would like to see this grow in the years ahead.

“We are so grateful to all who participated and helped get the event off the ground – we can’t wait to make it bigger and better, next year!” Ranger added.

To be part of the walk, participants either chose to pay a registration fee or pledge to raise a minimum of $150.

“Special thanks to Tim Hortons and Oldies 107.7 for sponsoring the event. You can expect to see advertisements for next year’s walk in March 2020, but if you would like more information or are a business interested in sponsoring next year’s event, you can contact Becky Ranger, [email protected], 613-623-7981”

RBC Arnprior Branch Donate $1000 in support to Seniors at Home Program – March 2019

Dennis Harrington, Executive Director ABMSH and Becky Ranger, Development Coordinator ABMSH, accepting a cheque for $1000 from Jackie Laughlin, RBC Arnprior Branch Community Manager. They are surrounded by RBC volunteers at the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, on Saturday March 16th.


Arnprior & Area Rural Health Hub support the 2018 Angel Tree Campaign

Thank you to the Arnprior & Area Rural Health Hub, for their support of our 2018 Angel Tree Campaign. The Rural Health Hub brings together the resources and expertise of Arnprior Rural Health, the Arnprior & District Family Health Team, Renfrew & County District Health Unit, Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program, and Champlain LHIN’s Home and Community Care, to focus on improving access to local services, making transitions between service providers as seamless as possible. Pictured here, presenting a cheque for $378.00 to Dennis Harrington, Executive Director (ABMSH), is Susan Leach, Vice President Patient/Resident Services and Chief Executive Nurse (left) and Karen Simpson, Executive Director Arnprior & District Family Health Team (right).


2018 News and Press Releases

Thank you Members of the Arnprior Quilting Guild – 2018

Thank you to Anne Cruickshank and all members of the Arnprior Quilting Guild who donated beautifully handcrafted placemats for clients of the Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors At Home’s ‘Meals on Wheels’ program. “Everyone was thrilled to receive them. There was such beauty and love with every stitch. It will brighten up all their days each time that they look at them. What a beautiful thing to do for our community again this year”, Nancy Peck, Program Coordinator, ABMSH.

Pictured is Ashton Williams of The Grove Kitchen Staff with ABMSH’s Volunteer Driver, John Fisher and his beautiful granddaughter Lina who together with Volunteer Drivers, Elwood and Kay Johnston, delivered to the clients just before the Christmas holidays. Photo by Nancy Peck, Program Coordinator, ABMSH


goZoom.ca owners Lynda and Ian Fraser donate 100 Hot Meals

Generosity is abound in Arnprior! Lynda and Ian Fraser owners of goZoom.ca gave back to the community that has supported them over the years with 100 hot meals delivered from Sandee’s Country Kitchen to 100 grateful folks. The dinners were delivered the week of December 10th and 17th with the help of Seniors at Home’s volunteers, left to right, Gilbert and Nancy Paquette, Judi and Ed Hill, Denise Belanger and Patti Farr of Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. along with Ian and Lynda Fraser of goZoom.ca and Sandee Rosien and Mike Wurm of Sandee’s Country Kitchen. Thank you and God Bless!


BWXT Donates $500.00 in support of Seniors at Home – 2018

Gordon Hill, B.A., Manager EHS and Quality, BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. Arnprior location, presented a cheque on behalf of BWXT in the amount of $500.00 to Seniors at Home as represented by both Mandy Stinson, Administrative Assistant and Dennis Harrington, Executive Director on Tuesday, December 11th. The donation supports both the ‘Angel Tree for the Love of a Senior’ and ‘Yellow Envelope Keep the Wheels Turning Para Transit Campaign’. Photo by Liz Wall


Angel Tree for the Love of a Senior – Country Style – W.O. Stinson & Son – 2018

Brian Gunn’s Cruz Night Supports Seniors at Home – 2018

Brian Gunn, organizer of the Braeside Father’s Day Car Show & Barbeque as well as the newly formed Monday Cruz Night held this past summer in the parking lot of both Canadian Tire and A & W, was a special guest at the October Development Committee Meeting. Brian presented the fundraising committee with $500.00 which represents profit from the 50/50 draws that took place at Cruz Nights.  Thank you, Brian from, back left, Mandy Stinson, Administrative Assistant, Dennis Harrington, Executive Director, Pat Washington and Sandra Hall both committee members. Front row, left, Heather Lang, Kathleen Bender, Phyllis Doherty-Hereford and Karen Townley, Development Committee members. Missing; Nancy Paquette, Sylvia Patterson and Liz Wall.                                                     Photo by Liz Wall

Bridge Club Donates to Dare to Care Yellow Envelope 2018 Campaign

The good folks of Island View Retirement Residents (IVRR) presented a cheque in the amount of $470.00 to the Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. (ABMSH) Dare to Care Yellow Envelope Campaign with  funds raised through the residents council’s card night.  On hand for the recent presentation, left, Luke Goulette, general manager (IVRR), Marjorie Hyndman, residents council, Colin Borshevsky, Para Transit Driver, (ABMSH,) Isabel Judd, chair of the resident’s bridge club and accepting the cheque on behalf of ABMSH, Mandy Stinson, Administrative Assistant.  Photo by Nancy Peck

Arnprior Rotary Club supports Para Transit Vehicle – 2018

The Arnprior Rotary Club, an official sponsor of the Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors At Home Program Inc. (ABMSH) Para Transit Care Coach recently presented $800.00 which is their yearly donation in support of the service. From left are Colin Borshevsky, Para Transit Driver, Dennis Harrington, Executive Director ABMSH, Dave Palmer, President Arnprior Rotary and Bruce Buie, Secretary and Past President.  Bruce also proudly displays the 2019 Rotary Club’s cash calendar now available at various locations including Seniors at Home, 106 McGonigal Street West. The bonus ‘early bird’ draws of $500 $300 and $200 take place 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 24th at the Christmas Craft-Bake-Business Fair at the Nick Smith Centre/Masonic Hall.                                                                                                           Photo by Liz Wall

Clancy’s Drug Store sponsors Care Coach – 2018

Photo by Liz Wall, Development Coordinator

Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc.(ABMSH) wishes to acknowledge and thank Sam Boualavong, (far right) Pharmacist and Owner of Clancy’s Drug Store for her official sponsorship of the Agency’s Para Transit Care Coach. Sam is pictured here with Colin Borshevsky (far left) Para Transit Drive, ABMSH, accepting a cheque in the amount of $450.00 which represents Clancy’s  yearly support of the Para Transit Service. Also on hand for the presentation, left to right, Judy Hubert (Registered Pharmacy Technician) Bev Theros (Pharmacy Assistant)

Debbie Sul (Pharmacy Assistant) with representation by ABMSH’s client Leonard Laventure. Leonard is one of many living in our community who depends on this vital transportation service for his independence making life easier for him to socialize, volunteer and work.

Thank You Sam Boualavong of Clancy’s Drug Store. You are a true supporter of the communities you serve.


Trivia Night to support your local Community Support Services Agency

Call your fiends up and plan for a night out, Wednesday, October 24 for a Trivia Night at East Side Mario’s and while doing it why not challenge the March Winners as pictured below. Teams of 4 or 5 welcome. Cost $10.00 per player with advance registration available by dropping by or contacting Seniors at Home 613-623-7981/[email protected] or East Side Mario’s 613-623-6060. If you attended March’s event you will recall how much fun it was with host Jason Marshall of Valley Heritage Radio. Hope to see you and your team while supporting your local Community Support Services Agency

March 2018 Trivia Night Winners
Trivia Night March Winners

Taste of the Valley Event – Arnprior Edition

The Town of Arnprior has been accepted as a Taste of the Valley Location for 2018.  The last market of the Season, September 30th,, will be a Taste of the Valley Event.  Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home will be there offering homemade baked goodies, local grown preserves, handcrafted ideas for gift giving and a chance to win $1000.00 (Mega 50/50 raffle with draw to take place December 13, 2018 at the Annual Senior’s Christmas Party)

Arnprior Curling Club Supports Seniors at Home…

The Arnprior Curling Club hosted, at the Sandpoint Golf Course, the Ottawa Valley Curling Association Golf Event on Sunday, May 27th with Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. recipient of a Charity Donation in the amount of $2,000.  The donation was accepted on July 13 by staff members, left, Mike Walsh, ABMSH Driver and Mandy Stinson, Administrative Assistant ABMSH, as presented by Joe Ferrari, President ACC and Michael Reid, Treasurer, ACC.  

 Thank you to everyone who assisted in organizing the event, Board of Directors ACC, those who played in and supported financially, all of which added to the success of the tournament. 

 A special  Thank You to  those  folks whom Seniors at Home where directly involved  during the planning of the event including Mike Imbeau, Social Director ACC, Rose Buse, Volunteer ACC and Bruce Murdoch of Murdoch Electric, sponsor of a hole on behalf of Seniors at Home.


                  Photo by Liz Wall, Development Coordinator, ABMSH

Memorial Live Butterfly Release

By Liz Wall, Seniors at Home

Join us for an afternoon of Remembrance and Sharing.

Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. (ABMSH) is hosting their First Annual Memorial Live Butterfly Release, to honour loved ones, takes flight at 11:00am on Sunday, August 19th in Robert Simpson Park.

How does it work?  You have the opportunity to purchase a Monarch Butterfly, between now and August 10th, at ABMSH’s office located at 106 McGonigal Street West – Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.  Upon introducing yourself at the official registration tent the day of the event (between 11 and 11:15am you will receive your butterfly in a special designed container. When instructed everyone will release their butterfly, but not before making your own distinctive wish, sending it to your loved one in the wings of the Monarch Butterfly.

The Legend

According to an Indian Legend, since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly cannot reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all. In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish.  According to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to your loved ones in the wings of the butterfly and be granted.

This is a special fundraiser for Seniors at Home with 100% of the proceeds going back to your Community Support Services Agency.

Cost: One butterfly $25.00, two/$45.00, three/$70.00, four/$85.00 and five/$100.00.  ABMSH accepts cash, cheque, Debit Card, Visa, MasterCard and E-Transfer (please email [email protected]).

An official Income Tax Receipt will be issued at time of payment.

Upon purchasing your butterfly, you have another opportunity to share the name/names of your loved one/ones.  The names of those being remembered will be read aloud as shared by Lisa Smith of Boyce Funeral Home

Also included in the Memorial Live Butterfly, special musical performances by local musician Vicki Brittle, the reading of the Indian Legend by Andre and Gina Pilon of Pilon Family Funeral Home. There will be refreshments available for purchase with all followed at 2:00pm by Kyle Felhaver featured musician for the final Music In the Park performance of the summer.

A Butterfly Release is considered a symbolic event representing the transformation of the spirit of our loved one and the completion of a life cycle, they are finally free and have taken flight.

When a loved one becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasurer.

Plan now to share in the experience, memory and treasurer of  Seniors at Home’s Memorial Live Butterfly Release.


2017 News and Press Releases

Pay it Forward

'Angel Tree for the Love of a Senior'

‘Angel Tree for the Love of a Senior’ – Is for those wishing to make a special purchase at this time of the year to help provide for Seniors (age 55 and over) and those with special needs, no matter the age. Pick an Angel that suits your budget knowing it will provide for someone very special. The Angel Tree For the Love of a Senior is available at four locations throughout town: Rona, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Stinson & Son and at Seniors at Home, 106 McGongial Street West, Arnpior. Two of our Angels, Nancy Peck (left) Program Coordinator/In-Town Transportation Driver and Mandy Stinson, Administrative Assistant – will be more than happy to assist you.
More Information: Liz Wall, Development Coordinator, 613-623-7301 or email [email protected]

Thank You!

Antiques Treasurers & Treats Support Yellow Envelope Campaign

Judy and Mike Wilson in front of their store

We are very thankful for all the support the Agency receives from the many local businesses including Judy and Mike Wilson of Antiques, Treasures and Treats who hosted a fundraiser for ABMSH which saw their customers receive a discount with every donation made to our Agency. A total of $150.00 was collected for the Yellow Envelope Dare to Care Keep the Wheels Turning Campaign.

Antiques, Treasurers & Treats is located at 260 Elgin Street West, Arnprior. 613-623-3858 or view all they have to offer at www.antiquesandtreats.com.

TUNE IN – Community Partners for August, 2017, Oldies107.7 and Seniors at Home.

My Broadcasting Corporation (mbs) logo)

LISTEN and REACT to our commercial as produced by Lynn Grinstead, General Manager, and the production team at My Broadcasting Corporation (mbc).


Clancy’s Drug Store sponsors Care Coach

Colin Borshevsky, Driver Para Transit Care Coach, accepts a cheque in the amount of $900.00 from new owner, Sam Boualavong, R.Ph, C.H,.of Clancy's Drug Store.
Colin Borshevsky, Driver Para Transit Care Coach, accepts a cheque in the amount of $900.00 from new owner, Sam Boualavong, R.Ph, C.H,.of Clancy’s Drug Store. Clancy’s is one of the many sponsors of the Care Coach and the ‘Yellow Envelope Keep The Wheels Turning Dare to Care Campaign’. To date $11,985.00 more is required to reach our goal of $30K for 2017-18.
Photo by Liz Wall, Development Coordinator – July 28th, 2017

June Breakfast N’ Learn

John Yakabuski, MPP guest speaker at Breakfast N' Learn June 28 with volunteers
The month ended with the June 28th Breakfast N’ Learn with special guest speaker John Yakabuski, MPP as held at the Nick Smith Centre with breakfast cooked by Melissa of M3Eatery and fresh strawberries compliments of McGregor’s Produce – the event took extra help and thankful for Agency Volunteers, left to right, Nancy Paquette, Bruce Haywood, Carroll Haywood, Barb Lynds, Donna O’Grady and Pat Washington. Missing from the photo Heather Campbell. The guests were treated to an 1977 audio of a presentation made by the late Paul Yakabuski (father of John) during a Canada Day week celebration to a group of Seniors.