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Volunteerism Brings New Dementia Friendly Books to Collection

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  • Carol Cooper, Idea Exchange Volunteer
    Carol Cooper, Idea Exchange Volunteer

Nicole, Queen's Square | April 1, 2019

When Carol Cooper retired from her job with RBC Royal Bank a few years ago, she wanted to find some practical ways to spend her free time. Having commuted throughout her career, Carol was excited to find opportunities in her own community. Idea Exchange’s Visiting Library Service (VLS) program sounded like a perfect fit. Carol, along with many other VLS volunteers, are committed to ensuring that homebound community members can continue to enjoy materials like books and audiobooks. Carol brings books to the residents of Saint Luke’s Place in Hespeler and Granite Landing in Preston on a monthly basis. She works with the staff each month to find books that the residents will enjoy.

In addition, Carol has also found another way to contribute to Idea Exchange. For the past two years, RBC Royal Bank has made donations to Idea Exchange in recognition of Carol’s volunteer service. The recent donation contributed to a new collection of books that aims to help those living with dementia, a condition that currently affects 564,000 Canadians. The collection of books utilize techniques like special fonts and spacing, navigation cues, and additional pictures to encourage memory retention and make stories easier to follow. These books are wonderful for friends or family who want to share in the joy of reading aloud with their loved one.

Thank you, Carol, for your volunteer work, and to RBC Royal Bank for your support of this collection.