Manor hosts Equity, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion presentation

Hastings Centennial Manor held an Equity, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion presentation on Feb. 23, awarding a financial prize to two North Hastings High School students, Suneet Bains and Taylor Roberston, for their work painting two murals representing the diversity of the Manor residents, team members and the local community. The murals will be on display in the Manor’s lobby until March, when they’ll be moved to the Bancroft Museum.

Emceed by Denise McCormick, this Equity, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion event held at Hastings Centennial Manor on Feb. 23 included Hastings County Warden Bob Mullin, Jewel Wiggins, president of the HCM Auxiliary, Katherine Plunkett, administrator, HCM’s director of long term care Erin Chapman, Bains and Robertson, their teacher Edgar Gillis, Manor staff and members of the local community. The event was made possible from New Horizons for Seniors funding applied for by the HCM Auxiliary to support Equity, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion activities at the Manor.

In addition to the murals painted by Bains and Robertson, who explained how each mural represented Equity, Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion, residents, team members and auxiliary members all got logo T-shirts, exemplifying the day’s theme, designed and chosen by residents and staff. Wiggins told the crowd that this year’s theme was inspired by Plunkett and she thought they’d all gained insight and knowledge through this project. “We’re very fortunate to have members of our Indigenous community come to the Manor and help some of our residents learn how to make necklaces, bracelets, beads and trinkets and they also entertained them with a drumming circle. And one of our residents is a member of that drumming circle, Pearl Grey. In the spring, we can all look forward to seeing an awesome totem pole at the front of our Manor,” she says.

Bains and Robertson both thought getting recognized for their murals was great and they both thought they were lucky to have gotten the opportunity to do them.

Plunkett told The Bancroft Times that she thought the day’s presentation had gone really well considering they’d pulled it all together in two days. “We gave them [Bains and Robertson] the idea and they asked what we wanted and we said just go with it,” she says. “I was not expecting [the murals] to be so vibrant and colourful!”

Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times