August 26, 2021

August 2021 – 100 Women Who Care Norfolk selected St. Paul’s Community Hall as the successful recipient of $16,800.  Although COVID has changed how we meet, it has not diminished our ability to step forward and give back to our Norfolk Community.

The Multi-Sensory Environment (Room) is being constructed at St. Paul’s Community Hall in Port Dover.  The presentation was submitted by members June Dorie and Lynda Bird.  The other two presentation submitted were Delhi Public School (Kirby Steinhoff) and St. Bernard’s of Clairvaux Catholic Elementary School in Waterford (Joannie Rell).

St. Paul’s Community Hall offers a variety of community outreach programs which support and enrich individuals socially, physically, and mentally.  One such program is the creation of a Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environment (room).

This room (the only one in Norfolk County) is currently under construction and is expected to be complete later this fall.  While the target audience is seniors, the room can be booked by any Norfolk resident (and a caregiver) who are dealing with mental health issues, autism, social isolation, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and disabilities.   The environment provides a relaxing space which helps to reduce agitation and anxiety.  The room contains special lighting, seating, music, and interactive technology which can stimulate reactions and encourage community and social connection.

St. Paul’s began construction earlier this year and the additional donation of $16,800 will enhance the project to include more technology and amenities to make this environment best-in-class”, comments John Bird from St. Paul’s Community Hall.

St. Pauls Community Hall representative Deb Armstrong goes on to say, “We are working closely with the local medical community, support organizations and service clubs to ensure those people who could benefit are aware of this resource and how to access it.  As we approach completion, we will launch a community awareness campaign to communicate the benefits and accessibility of this unique resource.”  It is anticipated that the environment can be booked Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm for 30-40 minute sessions.

Since 2014, 100 Women Who Care Norfolk has raised $448,000 for 29 charities.

Pictured l to r: Kathy Caskenette – 100 Women, June Dorie – Presenter, John Bird & Deb Armstrong representing St. Paul’s Community Hall, Lynda Bird – Presenter and Beth Redden – 100 Women