BLAST campers are treated to a special outing at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. I am proud to say that this has been made possible by my dear friends Ernie and Lynn Ledgerwood. We met in Whistler during the mid 80's as Dr. Ledgerwood and his receptionist Lynn. I have not met another GP who comes anywhere near the high standard he has set. In the confusion of my first stroke in 1991, he came straight to my house in his mechanics overalls. Of course it had happened on a long weekend and his day off, which made no difference to him. When I got to the hospital in Vancouver they were ready and waiting for me. That too, I've learned is rare. If tPA was used back then I would have been well within the parameters.
The Ledgerwoods are well known as community oriented people and are involved with the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Their friend and fellow volunteer Donna Forchuk made home baked goodies for the special tea service at Heritage Park. Delighted BLAST campers were treated like royalty and served tea in fine china.
They arranged for admission, mini rail, and the special tea service all gratis to enhance the BLAST experience for stroke survivors "Building Life After Stroke Together. Words cannot express our gratitude.
Thank you!!! Another great outing to the Railway Museum. Once again we were totally blown away with the gold-plated treatment we received. A beautiful and delicious tea, a bonus trip on the mini-train and all the wonderful history brought to life by the Ledgerwoods and Donna. Actually, I think it was solid gold treatment - not just plate. Fabulous!
Thanks Deb for organizing the camp specially the railway tour Rick and I had fun!We are like little kids shouting and screaming when we were at the mini train!!!haha that's just one of my favorite activities at the camp!!!Thanks to the railway people who gave us a surprise tea party!!!and thanks also to Wallace the train driver!!!
I saw ALL the Heritage Railway Museum; Depot with antique furnishings, the Roundhouse with the heritage locomotives & cars [last year], went thru boxcars filled with railway police badges & associated police dep'ts;had High Tea served by Donna and Lynn,wife of conductor Dr. Ernie Ledgerwood, then rode the miniature railway. I went last year, then last month as well. TOTALLY ENJOYED listening to Donna and Lynn Ledgerwood talking about times about the railways and towns.
Unfortunately, I didn't attend this outing but the response from those that did was amazing. When they said that all but 3 were able to go on the mini train, it was clear that the people of the museum really wanted as many as possible to have the experience. Another highlight (or I should have listed this first) was the afternoon tea in china cups on white tablecloths - everyone was astounded at the care and attention that they were shown by the museum staff. It certainly appeared that everyone who went on the outing had a wonderful time.
Some notable background to add: The museum 'staff' Lynn, Ernie, and friend Donna have volunteered this excursion as their contribution to BLAST. They had been listening to me whine since the SRABC camp was cancelled. When I spoke to them in the early planning stages and they immediately asked what they could do and offered this awesome afternoon. Donna was the connection last year and no longer involved with WCR. She helped out this year because she enjoyed doing it for BLAST 2011.
I did not attend the railway Heritage Park but the enthusiasm expressed by everyone upon their return would indicate it was huge success. Most were very impressed with the proper tea service on white linen (IRONED) table cloths. Many passed on knowledge they had acquired during their visit. Next year, I will make sure I am not scheduled to do something else during the period of time for the "outing". Please pass on our profound gratitude for providing such a special experience for our campers. Karel