News and Press Releases

Arnprior Lions Club donates $8,000 from its latest Catch the Ace – May 2, 2022

“ABM Seniors At Home staff were honoured to have been the recipients on May 2nd of $8,000 in proceeds from the Arnprior Lions Club Catch the Ace. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each of the Arnprior Lions as well as to each individual who participated in the contest. Presenting the cheque were Arnprior Lions Don Gougeon, Dave Olmstead and Roger Larabie. Receiving the cheque on behalf of SAH was Executive Director Dennis Harrington and Development Coordinator Jocelyn Dunn.”


Blue Envelope of Hope Campaign has now raised over $46,000 – April 20, 2022

Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program launched the Blue Envelope Campaign in May of 2020 as an urgent appeal to the community for financial support during the Covid-19 health crisis when all of our fundraising events were cancelled and most of our fee-based programs plummeted. Thanks to the wonderful community support, we were able to continue our mission despite these challenges and offered enhanced support services during the pandemic such as virtual programming, regular wellness checks for seniors and expanded our grocery delivery program to get our seniors through the first lockdown.

Fast-forward to June 2021 and as the majority of our fundraising opportunities were still on hold, you received our Blue Envelopes of Hope in your mailbox as this year’s appeal for financial support to continue our services. We are grateful that YOU responded to our call for financial support and have kept our programs and services going. It is never too late to donate to the Blue Envelope of Hope Campaign, and your financial support is always crucial to our operations. Thank you for making a difference! Donations can be made in-person at 106 McGonigal St W, by phone 613-623- 7981, or by e-transfer to [email protected] (specify in the message section Blue Envelope donation and your contact information for charitable tax receipts).

Arnprior Lions Club “Catch the Ace” Raising Funds for Local Organisations -March 10, 2022

Congratulation to winner Colleen Piasetzki and many thanks to the Arnprior Lions Club for raising funds for local organisations including Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home.


Seniors at Home Drive-thru Christmas Dinner – December 16, 2021

Fun was had by all at our Seniors Drive-through Christmas dinner yesterday, held in lieu of our annual Seniors Christmas Party. Thank you to all who attended, and for the wonderful contributions you made to the Arnprior Food Bank. Thanks to the Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church for having us, and Sandee’s Country Kitchen for catering this event. A big thank you to the Knights Inn for their sponsorship. Huge thanks to all the volunteers who helped us out on the day, including Santa and the Elves. Also, thanks to Carp Commons, Island View and The Villa for making contributions to the gift bags we handed out to all who attended.  Check out our Photo Gallery for more pictures.

Krave Bistro takes top Chili Fest honours for second consecutive year

Arnprior Chronicle-Guide
Saturday, December 11, 2021

Krave Bistro was crowned the winner of Chili Fest 2021, for the second year in a row, as nine local restaurants competed for the title of Chili Champion on Nov. 30 as part of Island View’s annual fundraiser for the Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors At Home Program.

“Coming in closely behind first place and tying for second were The Cupboard and Josi Bakery and Pizza, followed by The Riverside Grill and Bar in third place,” reads a press release. “Each participating restaurant offered chili and a bun to their patrons for $10, with proceeds totalling $1,600 benefiting the Seniors At Home program.”

Three “celebrity judges” from the community were escorted around by the Island View Chili Fest bus to each restaurant judging the chili based on presentation, smell, and taste.

“Thanks goes to Glenn Arthur (Seniors Active Living Centre), Rick Desarmia (Arnprior Fire Department), and Pat Tait (Arnprior Food Bank) for being this year’s judges,” reads the release. “Island View staff and Seniors At Home staff would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude towards the community of Arnprior for embracing the fun competition of Chili Fest and being intentional to make chili purchases throughout the day, as well as to the amazing and supportive staff from each of the participating restaurants.”


Seniors at Home June 26 Shred Day Raised $1,700 – November 5, 2021

Though covered by masks, staff and volunteers’ smiles still shone through on Saturday, June 26th as they were able to hold the first official fundraising event for Seniors at Home since the pandemic had begun. Shred Day saw $1,700 raised for the agency that morning, despite the rain and the triple-postponement due to lockdown measures. Datashred Security was on-site to provide instant shredding as people dropped off their boxes at $10 per box. A big thank you to all the volunteers who came out- what a great feeling to be back at an event together. Looking forward to Shred Day 2022!

ABM Seniors at Home member of new local “Ontario Health Team” – October 4, 2021

A collaboration of over 60 health system partners from the Arnprior, North Grenville, Carleton Place, Almonte and West Ottawa regions reached an important milestone today in their application to become an Ontario Health Team (OHT), with the Ministry of Health officially approving their application on September 17, 2021

OHTs, being formed across the province, are teams of health and community support services providers that are accountable for delivering coordinated care to a defined geographic population. Specifically, an OHT is responsible for delivering care for their patients, directly connecting them to the different types of care they need and providing 24/7 help in navigating the health care system. They are being developed as part of the government’s health system plan and People’s Healthcare Act, 2019. They bring together health care services such as primary care, hospitals, public health, long term care, home and community care, and community support services under one umbrella to help people more easily get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

“This is an exciting step for our members and our broader community. We have the opportunity to reimagine and transform the way health and community support services are delivered within our OHT,” says Amy Boudreau, co-chair of the new OHT. “I am so proud of how our members have collaborated in reaching this milestone and look forward to our future work together to improve the health system for our population.”

In its first year, the new OHT will focus on improving mental health and addictions services.

“There are many different organizations and primary care providers involved in our OHT.  Inclusion is a key area of focus for us, as reflected in our diverse partners who will ensure that the Francophone, Indigenous, urban, and rural populations across our geography are well served,” says Chris LeBouthillier, co-chair of the new OHT. “We’ve made efforts to ensure that lived experience partners are integrated in all of our work and we are excited to work towards a healthier population and improved experiences for all.”

The OHT steering committee is currently seeking input from lived experience partners and providers on a new name that will represent this population, which will be shared with the partners and broader public soon.   “As we move forward with this exciting time in health care delivery, Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors At Home Program Inc. looks forward to working closely with our health care partners”, says Dennis Harrington, Executive Director.

The following organizations are participants in the newly approved Ontario Health Team: Almonte Family Health Organization; Arnprior and District Family Health Team, Arnprior Regional Health; Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program; Bayfield Manor;  Bayshore HealthCare; Beckwith Family Health Organization; Beth Donovan Hospice; Bruyère; Carefor Health and Community Services; Carleton Place Family Health Organization; Champlain Region Family Council Network; Children’s Mental Health of Leeds Grenville; ComForCare Ottawa; Communicare Therapy; Community Living North Grenville; County of Renfrew Paramedic Service; Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County; Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association; French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario; Greater Arnprior Seniors Council; Champlain LHIN Home and Community Care; Hospice Care Ottawa; J.W. MacIntosh Community Support Services; Kemptville and District Home Support Inc.; Kemptville District Hospital; Kemptville Health and Wellness; Kemptville Medical Centre; Kemptville Pride; Leeds and Grenville Paramedic Services; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Manotick Medical Centre; Med Team Inc. Family Health Group; Municipality of North Grenville; Olde Forge Community Resource Centre; OMNI Health Care; Osgoode Village Family Health Organization; Ottawa Lifestyle Medicine; Ottawa Paramedic Services; Ottawa Public Health; Ottawa Valley Family Health Team; Ottawa West Community Support; Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario; Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services; Phoenix Centre for Children and Families; Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre; Queensway Carleton Hospital; Recovery Care; Renfrew County and District Health Unit; Richmond Medical Clinic; Rideau Crossing Health Services; Rideau Valley Health Services; Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services; Rural Ottawa South Support Services; SE Health Care; Sienna Living; South Gate Church; The Royal Ottawa; West Carleton Family Health Team; and Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.


Valley Cruisers raises $4,000 for ABM Seniors at Home Program – October 1, 2021

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Valley Cruisers car club who have raised almost $4,000 for us this past summer through their Monday evening Cruise Night car rallies held at the Antrim Truck Stop.

Seniors At Home is privileged to be the sole beneficiary of their 50/50 raffle proceeds from this summer. Special thanks go to Brian and Heather Gunn, president and organizers of the club and the “driving” force behind the Valley Cruisers. Thanks also goes out to all the wonderful volunteers from Seniors At Home who attended the Cruise Nights selling raffle tickets on the agency’s behalf. What a beautiful community we have! 🙌🏁


Memorial Butterfly Release Date set for 2022 – September 10, 2021

The Memorial Butterfly Release Ceremony takes place Sunday, August 21st, 2022, here in Arnprior at Robert Simpson Park.

Butterflies are a symbol of hope, transformation, endurance, and peace. Their brief, but extraordinary time on our earth represents the beauty and power of life and offers us a meaningful symbol to honour and remember those who have passed away. According to legend, by making a wish and giving a butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens on the wings of the butterfly and be granted.

We invite you to purchase butterflies, throughout the year, in memory of a loved one or someone special who has passed away. Purchasing butterflies, in lieu of flowers, is a beautiful and meaningful sentiment.

Once you have purchased a butterfly, you will be welcome to join in our Annual Memorial Butterfly Release ceremony. You may also request that your butterflies be releases by one of our volunteers.

Butterflies will be available for purchase until Friday, August 12th, 2022.

You can purchase your butterfly in person at our office at 106 McGonigal St. West, Arnprior or by contacting our office 613-623-7981, or email [email protected] Purchase forms are available at our office, or you can  click here to download the form.

Cost of butterflies: $25 for one butterfly, $45 for two, $70 for three, $85 for four, $100 for five.

Payment methods accepted are Credit, Debit, Cash, Cheque, or by e-transfer to [email protected] (please use password, butterfly).

Memorial Butterfly Release postponed until next year – August 20, 2021

We were not able to host our Butterfly Release this year due to various obstacles during the planning stages, but we want to assure everyone that we will be moving forward with this important ceremony next year. Butterflies can be purchased from the Seniors at Home office year-round, and we will release them together in August 2022 in memory of our dear loved ones that have passed away. Purchasing butterflies, in lieu of flowers, is a beautiful and meaningful sentiment, and we look forward to honouring our loved ones in this way once again. 🦋 Thank you, as always, for your continued support; none of our programs and services could be provided without you. Please phone our office at 613-623-7981 or visit our website for more information.


Free Transportation to COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Renfrew Clinics – May 7, 2021


Arnprior Library creates Pen Pal Program to connect families to seniors in the community –  April 28, 2021




Archie Jordan – February 2, 2021

Our agency was saddened to learn of the passing of one of our dedicated volunteers, Archie Jordan. Archie was a dedicated volunteer driver for our agency for many years always available to drive our clients to their medical appointments with a smile. Our most sincere sympathies to Lynda and family at this most difficult time and we thank the Jordan family for sharing Archie with us for so many years.
Obituary of Archie Jordan

With profound sadness, the family announces that Archie passed away suddenly, but peacefully at the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, January 27, 2021 following a brief illness. Archibald Milton “Archie” Jordan, 76, of Arnprior, beloved husband for 55 years of Lynda (nee Cornfoot). Loved father of Scott (Chauntell), Steven (Carrie) and Shannyn Garey (Chris). Cherished Papa of Curtis, Cole, Madison, Emily, Anthony, Richard, Steven, Tyler, Kayla, and Kyle, great-grandfather of Amelia and Juniper, and special uncle to Russ, Jeff, and Heather. Dear brother of Alex and Millie (David). Predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Annie, and sister Kay. In his prime, Archie could be seen tearing up the lanes at the local bowling alleys, and passed along his love of the game to youngsters on Saturday mornings for years. His love of fishing was never dampened by the fact that he was often unsuccessful. Always wanting to keep busy, in retirement Archie continued raising his beloved Shelties and became a volunteer driver for Seniors At Home. Archie’s final care and arrangements have been entrusted to the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior. A Celebration of Life for Archie will be held at a future date to be announced. In memory, please consider a donation to the Arnprior-McNab Seniors at Home Program.

Angel Tree donations top $9,500 – January 4, 2021

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to our Community Partners during the Angel Tree campaign this year: Rona, RBC, Stinsons, Arnprior Family Health Team, Town of Arnprior, and Township of McNab/Braeside offices. During this season, there was a lot less “foot traffic” at each of these locations than we typically see due to the Covid-19 restrictions and protocols. We were floored by how far above and beyond the staff at each of these locations went to create more awareness and generate donations for the seniors in our community. The innovation and creativity we saw was inspiring and so appreciated! And our biggest thanks of all goes to YOU! The people of Arnprior and McNab/Braeside who did not withhold your generosity even during what was the toughest year financially for some. We are thrilled to say that although we are not finished collecting and tallying donations quite yet, you have donated over $9,500 to sponsor seniors so far through the Angel Tree campaign during November and December alone!! We are so grateful for your continued support. 🎄😇 May each of you have a safe and Happy New year! 🎉

Sandra Jean Jones – January 1, 2020

It is with heavy heart’s that we share the below notice. Sandra was an active volunteer and committee member who was a joy to be associated with. Rest In Peace Sandra, our loss will be heaven’s gain.

“On Friday, December 25, 2020, Sandra Jean Jones, a loving friend and family member to so many, passed away at the age of 73. Sandi loved birds, as the many birdfeeders along the front of her house would attest. She and Percy (her fur baby) enjoyed watching them swoop in and out. The gardens around Sandi’s house confirm her love of gardening, as did how much she cherished being a part of the Seniors Community Gardens at the Galilee in Arnprior. We had so many great and memorable conversations as well as lots of laughter under those trees at the Galilee. Sandi was also an avid music lover, especially music from Cape Breton. She was a well-loved community member, who volunteered at the Seniors at Home Support Program and Seniors Active Living Centre. Sandi definitely left her mark on all who came in contact with her, and will be fondly remembered for her wonderful sense of humour, wit, dash (or some would say a heaping spoonful) of sarcasm, caring kind heart, and compassionate spirit. Sandi will be cremated and a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Rest In Peace Sandi”


Island View Chili Fest Raises $2,845 for Seniors at Home Program – Dec 8, 2020

Island View Retirement Residence was pleased to organize and sponsor Chili Fest 2020 in support of Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. In total, $2,845.00 was raised, and we are thrilled with the support of our local community and all the Restaurants in our great town who participated in this year’s Chili Fest. Grand Champion of Chili Fest 2020 is Krave Bistro.
Second Place goes to Riverside Grill and Bar and a three-way tie for Third Place goes to Negi Indian Cuisine, Antrim Truck Stop and Island View Retirement Restaurant. It was not an easy task for the judges: Mayor, Walter Stack, GM Oldies 107.7, Lynn Grinstead, and Chair of the Greater Arnprior Seniors Council, Darrel O’Shaughnessy, who judged the chili on presentation, taste and aroma.
Pictured presenting the cheque is Lynn Russett, Retirement Counsellor, of Island View Retirement Residence to Dennis Harrington, Executive Director, of Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program.

Support Arnprior-area seniors through annual Angel Tree program – December 1, 2020

Support Arnprior-area seniors through annual Angel Tree program

Arnprior Chronicle-Guide
Friday, November 27, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

The Angel Tree is an annual campaign run by the Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program, to raise funds for seniors in our community who may require financial assistance throughout the year.

“One hundred per cent of funds raised for the Angel Tree stay in our local community,” reads a press release from the organization.

“Over the past number of years, your financial contributions to the Angel Tree have provided thousands of dollars in financial assistance to individuals living in Arnprior and McNab/Braeside.”

These funds have assisted with groceries, medical transportation, foot care, medications, meals, eye care, medical devices, emergency housing, furnace oil and repairs and dental care.

Donations can be made at the Seniors at Home office at 106 McGonigal St. W., Arnprior and through various community partners: the RONA location in Arnprior, W.O. Stinson & Son Ltd., the Town of Arnprior and Township of McNab/Braeside offices, Arnprior and Area Rural Health Hub (Arnprior Hospital, Suites 153 and 255) and the Royal Bank in Arnprior.

“New this year, we have expanded our contactless donation options: by e-transfer to [email protected] or by phoning our office at 613-623-7981 to donate by credit card. We thank you for partnering with us and supporting the seniors in our community by donating to the Angel Tree,” reads the release. Link to Article

Seniors at Home’s Angel Tree is now up at Rona Arnprior – December 1, 2020

If you are in Rona Arnprior doing your Christmas Shopping, be sure to purchase/donate to our Angel Tree. 100% of all donations go directly back to financially support seniors and the disabled throughout the year….over $10,000.00 has been provided in financial assistance over the past years and returned back into the community. Our appreciation is extended to Rona for their faithful support our our Annual Angel Tree Campaign. E-Transfers are now accepted as well to: [email protected]


Angel Tree Returns to our Community – November 20, 2020

Donations can be made at the Seniors at Home office at 106 McGonigal St. W., Arnprior and through various community partners: the RONA location in Arnprior, W.O. Stinson & Son Ltd., the Town of Arnprior and Township of McNab/Braeside offices, Arnprior and Area Rural Health Hub (Arnprior Hospital, Suites 153 and 255) and the Royal Bank in Arnprior.

For further information please click here to go to our Angel Tree 2020 Donate page.


Chili Fest 2020 Fundraising Event set for Thursday, November 19th

Let’s find out who’s got the best chili in town! Help us raise funds for Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program. Participating local Restaurants will be preparing Chili and a Bun for take out on November 19th, $10.00 each. Try one, try them all, and see whose chili you prefer. Hold your very own taste-testing with your colleagues at work, all for a good cause! Proceeds in support of Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program.

Update: Our 3 famous judges will be; Walter Stack, Mayor, Town of Arnprior, Lynn Grinstead, GM 107.7 Oldies and Darrel O’Shaughnessy, Chair, Greater Arnprior Seniors Council. We even have it on excellent authority that CTV Ottawa will be covering this event!!


Blue Envelope Campaign Update – October 22, 2020

We are happy to share this exciting update regarding our Blue Envelope Campaign!

New Program – Medical Assistive Devices Loan Program – October 3, 2020

Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program is very proud to introduce a new program: The Medi­cal Assistive Device Loan Program. This program was formerly run by the Arnprior Lions Club. We would like to thank the Lions Club for offering this program in the past and for working so closely with us to ensure a seamless transition.

How it works – We will keep a supply of used medical assistive equipment in an offsite storage facility such as:

  • canes
  • walkers
  • wheelchairs
  • commodes
  • bath seats
  • raised toilet seats and
  • other assistive devices

Items can be borrowed for short or long term use and are free of charge. We will gratefully accept donated equipment (by appointment only). Any returned or do­nated equipment must be clean and in good condition.

In order to maintain this program, monetary donations to the Medical Assistive Device Loan Program are gratefully accepted and assist with the maintenance and purchasing of equipment as needed. Charitable receipts will be given for any and all donations to this program. Donations can be received by cash, cheque, VISA/Mastercard at the agency office or e-transfer to [email protected]

To borrow or donate equipment, please call Nikki Rumbelow 613-623-7981 x 105 or email [email protected] to set up an appointment.  Hours of Operation Monday 2-4pm and Thursday 9-11am.

Blue Envelope Campaign – September 23, 2020

If you received your Blue Envelope in the mail and have yet to make your donation, it is never too late! We thank our wonderful community for your financial donations to date of $35,000.00.

The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic is massive, your donations are very much appreciated in order to allow us to do the good work we do within our community for our seniors and disabled. Please click here for more information on our campaign. Thank you.


Summary of services provided in 2019 by Arnprior-McNab-Breaside Seniors at Home



Blue Envelope Campaign Update – August 13, 2020

Thanks to your generous support, our agency has received $32,822 through our Blue Envelope Campaign.



Yourtv Ottawa Valley helping us spread the word about our agency mission and community support services – July 29, 2020

Thank you to the lovely people at Yourtv Ottawa Valley for helping us spread the word about our agency mission and community support services! Please click here!


RBC Foundation selects Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home as a Covid-19 Relief Recipient- July 24, 2020

Generous Donation of 40 Masks by Island View Retirement Residence – July 7, 2020

Lynn Russett, Office Manager at Island View Retirement Residence and Nancy Peck of ABMSH


It is with gratefulness that I once again reach out and say “Thank You”!

Thank you to Lynn Russett, Office Manager at Island View Retirement Residence who graciously brought over 40 masks for our Regular Grocery Clients and our Hot Meal Clients.  They are beautifully designed, and are two sided.  On one side it has written “Island View Retirement Residence” and the other side is plain.  They fit so nicely.

Thank you for the incredible sewing abilities of Tina Matte and the great colours and materials chosen.  Thank you for your great big hearts!

Nancy Peck, Program Coordinator, Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc



Blue Envelope Campaign Update – June 17, 2020

We are so thankful to have the support of this amazing community! Our agency has received $21,765 in donations to date through our blue envelope campaign!


Update: Twenty-three more masks donated by Trina Daze, Kristy Daze and Kaylee Carson on behalf of “Arnprior Churches Together in Service” – June 8, 2020

Thank you once again for the donation.

Also, thank you to all that have donated to our Seniors during this time of crisis and to all who drop by with Tim Hortons goodies and homemade treats from Board Members, Gateway Church and friends of Seniors at Home. Every one of us may think we’re all alone – then someone reminds us that we are not.  Thank you for that!  Stay safe!  Stay healthy!  Stay happy! Nancy Peck, Program Coordinator


“Keep Smiling under these Homemade Masks!” – May 22, 2020

Our new connection between ACTS (Arnprior area Churches Together in Service) just keeps on giving.  Not only, together as a team, are we able to help out the Seniors in our Community with an ‘additional’ Grocery Program during COVID-19 for ‘free’ but we also just received an anonymous donation of 15 Face Masks with more to come, which was an anonymous donation through an ACTS initiative.

It is easy to see that the Masks are created and made with love, by Jenna Parmiter (1), Owner of, FLUTTERWINGS who graciously sold them at a discounted price.

Thank you to our ANONYMOUS DONOR for these beautiful Masks for our Seniors.

(1) Instructions on how to wear masks by Jenna Parmiter, owner of Flutterwings



“They’ve been through a lot’: Arnprior volunteers on the road to support seniors – #KeepSeniorsSafe – April 29, 2020”

NEWS Apr 29, 2020 by Sherry Haaima  Arnprior Chronicle-Guide

Link to original online article

Helping keep our seniors safe is Guy Robitaille of River Stone Christian Fellowship, who organized a contingent of volunteers to deliver groceries to Arnprior clients. – Derek Dunn/Torstar

It was perfect timing.

When Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. (ABMSH) put out the call for additional volunteers to help deliver groceries to local seniors, the ACTS (Arnprior area Churches Together in Service) Facebook page had just been created.

“We wanted to provide an outlet for everybody who had any needs in the community for local churches to rally and meet,” said Guy Robitaille of Arnprior, noting it was Kimberly O’Brien from Gateway Church who created the page.

ACTS also contacted the seniors at home program, as well as the food bank, to see how members could help.

“Seniors at home had just received 21 new requests from seniors to provide shopping and delivery of groceries — it was really good timing — so I took that on,” said Robitaille.

Because there’s a requirement for drivers to be 55 and under (“I’m 62”) Robitaille’s task was to recruit and organize the ACTS volunteers.

“The drivers I was able to line up were from three different churches — River Stone Christian Fellowship, Gateway Church and First Baptist,” said Robitaille.

He was surprised at how quickly he was able to organize the drivers.

“Within three or four days, we had 21 drivers,” he said. “It was really unbelievable how fast the churches came together to offer  their help.”

By all accounts, the clients as well as the organizations, have been great to work with.

To Robitaille, a desire to help comes naturally.

He’s the founder and president of Love Made Real Ministries, a non-profit organization that supports widows and orphans in Guatemala, where he once lived.

“Since I’ve been back in Canada I’m devoting some of my time to community outreach through our church,” said Robitaille who is outreach co-ordinator at River Stone Christian Fellowship in Arnprior. “That’s just the way I am, I want to do the right thing.”

ACTS volunteers have also been working with the Arnprior and District Food Bank, helping with delivery to vulnerable clients.

Pre-pandemic, Arnprior and Renfrew had a wealth of seniors’ resources on offer. Home support agencies in both communities, as well as the Seniors’ Active Learning Centre in Arnprior and Golden Age Activity Centre in Renfrew, provided plenty of services and activities for the large local seniors’ populations.

The centres are now closed but some of the essential programs continue to run and need has increased.

“We’re very concerned about the social isolation,” said Dennis Harrington, executive director of both Seniors at Home organizations. “We’re coming up with unique ways to alleviate some of the stress they’re feeling at home.”

Initiatives include daily wellness checks by phone and an extension of the shopping programs that were already in place.

“We make sure they’re OK, ask if they have everything they need when it comes to groceries and medication,” said Harrington. “We have community volunteers who have stepped up and we’re very grateful to those volunteers.”

Partnerships with local churches and organizations have helped bolster the volunteer contingent.

The frozen meal program has been extended and free delivery is being offered in town.

How are local seniors faring through the crisis?

“They are holding up OK. They’re a strong group. They’ve been through a lot and they are holding up well,” said Harrington. “We’re getting good comments back and people are very appreciative of our phone calls.”

If someone is aware of a senior who could use support he urged them to contact Seniors at Home.

“We’ll reach out whether they’re a client of ours or not,” he said. “We want to see everybody looked after.”

And he reminded seniors that help and support is just a phone call or email away.

Call 613-432-7691 or visit

The Seniors at Home groups themselves may eventually be facing a funding crisis.

“Typically, our agencies are funded about 45 per cent from the ministry,” said Harrington. “The rest of that money comes from client fees and donations, which have all but seized. All these events that raise money to keep the light on and the doors open, they’re not happening. If anyone would like to donate to any of the organizations throughout Renfrew County it would be most appreciated at this time.”


Our seniors are among the most vulnerable as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues. We checked in with our local seniors’ agency and an Arnprior volunteer to see what is being done to keep seniors safe.

Sherry Haaima

by Sherry Haaima

Sherry Haaima is an editor with the Renfrew Mercury and Arnprior Chronicle-Guide. She can be reached at [email protected] . Follow her on Twitter and Facebook

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Welcome addition to the fleet of ABM Seniors at Home – March 2, 2020

Accessible Van arrives in Arnprior

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A $400,000 grant from the Ministry of Transportation through the Ontario Community Transportation Grant program has provided a welcome addition to the fleet of Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home. Executive Director Dennis Harrington proudly showed off the acquisition this morning at Arnprior Town Hall.  Harrington says the new, large van brings Seniors at Home’s fleet total to six vehicles and greatly enhances capacity. The accessible van approval was one of only 39 successful across Ontario.

The accessible vehicle to support the Local Community Transportation program has arrived. This new vehicle is available to Arnprior residents through a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), under their Ontario Community Transportation Grant program. Learn more here:




Para-Transit Care Coach Fundraiser reaches $28,000 – February 10th, 2020

We are less than $2000.00 away from our goal of raising $30,000.00 in support of our Para Transit CARE Coach! Help us to reach our goal by donating towards this essential service in our community. Please donate before March 31, 2020, in person at the Seniors at Home Office, 106 McGonigal St. W, Arnprior, Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm or ONLINE at Charitable tax receipts are provided.


2019 News and Press Releases owners Ian & Lynda Fraser donate 100 Hot Turkey Dinners – December 2019


100 HOT TURKEY DINNERS, have been delivered to clients of the Seniors at Home Program over the past 2 weeks! Courtesy of the very generous Ian and Lynda Fraser of GoZoom and Katie Bears, and prepared by Sandee’s Country Kitchen, the staff of Seniors at Home were very happy to coordinate and deliver these meals to some very happy recipients. Pictured from left are, Ian and Lynda Fraser, Laurie Dupuis (Seniors at Home), Sandee Rosein (Sandee’s Country Kitchen), and Nancy Peck and Maurice Burnette (Seniors at Home).



Annual Seniors at Home Christmas Party – December 2019

It’s Always a Merry Christmas with Seniors at Home!

It’s always a festive time at the Seniors at Home annual Christmas Party. A crowd of 200 attended the event on Friday December 13, 2019 at St. John Chrysostom Parish Hall. Arnprior’s local fire department volunteered their time to serve a delicious turkey meal with all the fixings, catered by Jim’s Restaurant, while the musical stylings of Rick Leben entertained. Door prizes were drawn, as well as the bi-annual Mega 50/50 announced, with winner Colleen Blimkie taking home a $1,222.50 prize! Seniors at Home would like to extend a kind thanks to our agency volunteers for their time and effort, making this year’s event a great success and to Kathleen Bender and L’Arche Arnprior for creating the beautiful party favours. Special thanks to our generous sponsors; RONA, Prior Engagements, Milanos, Mama Rosas, Arnprior Villa, Island View Suites, Carp Commons Retirement Village, Knights Inn, Mel’s Flowers, Pilon Family Funeral Home, and Boyce Funeral Home.


BWXT Nuclear Energy donates %00 to the Dare To Caraa Campaign – December 11, 2019

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 11, 2019. 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

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, 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

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, 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 24,2019 at the Christmas Craft-Bake-Business Fair at the Nick Smith Centre/Masonic Hall.

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,, 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).