From March 2 to May 20, Misericordia Place residents are walking, pedalling and wheeling their way to dream destinations around the globe, in support of MHC. Throughout the Around the World in 80 Days campaign, we'll be sharing participants' stories.
Resident Rita Covernton is right at home painting colourful tulips at Misericordia Place in strong, confident strokes.
“I think it’s muscle memory,” says her daughter Janice Beveridge, who shares her Mom is living with dementia. “Mom was primarily an elementary school teacher, however she also taught high school Art and Drama at Morris School.
Rita actually taught one of the nurses at Misericordia Place how to paint!
Janice makes an educated guess where her Mom would most like to visit in the world.
“I think it would be to further explore Germany,” says Janice. “Mom and Dad always said they’d like to go back to Europe.
“They visited Wales, where my Dad’s family was from, but only did a river cruise through Germany so she didn't really get to fully research about her family the way she would have liked to. There was not very good record keeping of the family prior to her father coming to Canada.
Janice recounts how her maternal grandfather, the youngest of 11 children, was attempting to emigrate to Canada during the First World War - understandably not in agreement with what was happening in Germany - but was turned back and told to enlist. He ended up fighting for the French Foreign Legion in Africa! After the war he did come to Canada, where he met his wife and the rest is history!
Janice, a nurse currently working as a COVID-19 immunizer, will be happy when the world safely opens up again with unlimited personal care home visitors and travel.
Maybe one day in the future Janice will get to Germany and be able to virtually share the experience with her Mom in real time!
You can give the gift of adventure!
Support Rita's journey to Munich, Germany - 7,160 km