Applause erupted as RCMP officers on their gleaming black horses emerged on the garden path behind Parkwood Hospital on September 7.
Three members of the RCMP Musical Ride took time out of their performance schedule to visit with patients and residents, tell them about the musical ride and answer their questions.
“The Musical Ride relies on the support of Canadian citizens, so whenever we have a chance we seek out opportunities to give back to the communities we visit,” says RCMP Constable Roshan Pinto.
“We were honoured the RCMP chose to come to Parkwood to give our patients and residents a chance to interact with the riders and their horses,” says Elaine Gibson, vice president of complex, specialty aging and rehabilitative care.
Veteran Pat Mills chatting with RCMP Constable Anna Cochrane
Left: Veteran Ed Taylor enjoys a quiet moment with one of the RCMP horses. Ed's comfort level with horses began when he was a young boy and accompanied his father throughout London delivering milk by horse and buggy.
Right: Constables Anna Cochrane and Roshan Pinto arriving to visit with the patients and residents at Parkwood Hospital.
Left: Constable Anna Cochrane, Corporal Christine Tribbling, and Constable Roshan Pinto speaking to the patients and residents at Parkwood Hospital