OCTOBER 28, 2016 -
HORTICULTURAL THERAPY - BRUCE mACNEIL
Please join us in October to enjoy our guest speaker, Bruce MacNeil, as he introduces us to Horticultural Therapy. Horticultural Therapy is a formal practice that uses plants, horticultural activities, and the garden landscape to promote well-being for its participants. It is goal oriented with defined outcomes and assessment procedures. The sessions are administered by professionally trained Horticultural Therapists.
Bruce relates how the Kitchener Master Gardeners, at the request of recreational therapists at Freeport Hospital, developed a therapeutic horticulture program to implement with patients in the long-term care facility at the hospital. The program was based on the work of Mitchell Hewson and staff at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph. Later used at Rosemount School, a facility for young adults with mental and physical challenges, it is also offered at several nursing and retirement homes in the Waterloo Region. Bruce presents a couple of the activities he finds most effective to interest patients and residents and to have them looking forward to future horticultural activities.
Bruce is a graduate of Laurentian University (BSc) and McGill University (MLS). He is a long-time member of the Kitchener Master Gardeners and has served as its Coordinator and Zone 4 Director. He is a board member of the Kitchener Horticultural Society, serving in various capacities including three terms as its president. Currently, Bruce runs two separate therapeutic horticulture programs at The Village of Winston Park long-term care facility and contributes to another program at Grand River Hospital, Freeport.
Following the meeting, please stay to enjoy some light refreshments.