Ron Smith hosts dedication ceremony

Back: Porter Kedibone Shongoane, occupational therapy technician Salina Mtshali (occupational therapy technician),Manager of the recreational programmes Debbie Christen (Manager: Recreational Programmes) and porter Joyce Mabowa. Front: Lifestyle assistant Lee-Ann Ramathibela, volunteer and banner creator Marisa Sabato and occupational therapy Bianca Richards.


The Ron Smith Care Centre staff and residents gathered at their occupational therapy activity centre to present and dedicate an Eden Alternative philosophy banner to the centre.

Spokesperson for the centre Cathy Grosvenor said, “The banner, which took about a year to complete, was designed and appliquéd by volunteer Marisa Sabato, and depicts the Vision and Mission of the Care Partners who are involved in the activity centre’s programmes.”

She added that central to the banner is the Eden Alternative tree which represents the life and growth desirable for all residents and staff at the care centre.

The care centre last year became the first organisation in Gauteng, and the second in Africa, to become a member of Eden Alternative South Africa registry.

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Grosvenor said, “The Eden Alternative philosophy is based on the core belief that ageing should be a continued stage of development and growth, rather than a period of decline.”

The activity centre’s vision is to move towards A person-centered community of Elders and Care Partners where individual’s needs are known and where their identity is recognised and honoured. The centre will strive to create an environment where opportunities are created to live life to the fullest, by engaging in meaningful activities, which bring about well-being.

The mission of the centre aims for occupants to work as a team in identifying individual needs, interests and abilities and to create well-being through events promote mental health, creativity, sound spirituality and social growth.


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By Andrei van Wyk

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