Westover shows appreciation

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Thamesville’s teamwork is making Westover’s pandemic dream work.

Community members joined forces to keep the substance abuse recovery facility open and running at full steam.

“It’s a remarkable feat,” says Westover Executive Director Laird Brush. “Considering that 70 per cent of Ontario’s residential treatment centres closed during the pandemic, we’ve done really well.” Last week Brush and Ron Paterson, director of external services for the centre, gave out some protocol-friendly plaques for the help they’ve been given.

Westover has recognized Dr. Stephen Jones and his staff at Thamesville Medical Centre for providing medical care for clients, thereby eliminating trips time consuming trips to the hospital.

The doctor has been providing service to Westover for about 16 years after setting up practice a stone's throw from the centre. However, it's been especially helpful in the last year, says Brush, because without it, many clients would have had to leave treatment.

Prior to working in East Kent, Dr. Jones was a physician at Four Counties Hospital in Newbury.

The Wardsville-area resident says he's happy to help. “It’s about being available,” Jones explains. “It saves them time and man hours not having to go to the emergency room.”

Appreciation awards from Westover were also given to Thamesville Pharmacy and Steve’s Sign Shop. Brush says the owners, and their employees, have made invaluable contributions over the course of the pandemic.

Pharmacist Aryo Mehrabi and his assistant Heather Heaman were recognized, as was Steve’s Sign Shop owner Steve Pinnsonneault and his staff.

“Aryo has been helping us out since he came here seven years ago,” says Paterson, adding "Steve has been helping out for a long time” as well. Pinnsonneault and his team created new signage for Westover to assist with pedestrian and visitor COVID-19 safety controls .

Westover is currently running at full capacity.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald