Aug. 26, 2015
Sandy Koenig has lived at Mount Hope since age 26
Some people are experts at turning lemons into lemonade. For Sandy Koenig, her knack for friendship, love and laughter has made the last 50 years a joy –for her and all the lives she has touched during her time at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care.
Sandy moved to Mount Hope in 1965 when she was just 26 and needing care for multiple sclerosis. It wasn’t an easy move for the mother of two young girls. Sandy recalls a nurse comforting her as she sobbed at being separated from her husband and children. But Sandy’s courage and strong character quickly turned the situation around, and she came to embrace the lifestyle afforded by the Mount Hope community.
Sandy packs her days with recreational and volunteer activities. She recently won the award for most consistent floor hockey cheerleader, loves tending the tomatoes in her garden, and enjoys trips to London Majors games and Camp Woodeden. She has served as treasurer for the Mount Hope’s Resident’s Council for over 40 years and volunteers with the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the community.
But without a doubt Sandy’s favourite pastime is making friends. Across Mount Hope, people are drawn to her great sense of humour and easy laugh.
Media are invited to attend a celebration of Sandy’s 50th anniversary:
Where: Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, Recreation Hall, Room V044, ground floor, Please enter through the main entrance at 21 Grosvenor Street,
When: Aug. 28, from 2 to 4 pm
About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and surgery. St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Institute; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care.