Jan. 17, 2012
Dorothy Rodgers, 81, a member of the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans Association, ladies' auxiliary of ANAVETs, has been volunteering with the veterans for more than 25 years at Parkwood. It was on one of her many visits that she saw store bought pie being served (which in her opinion looked awful) to the group.
Being farm-raised, with years of experience baking pie for her family, she rose to the occasion and took over the pie making. Once a month, she’s up at 6:30 am baking pies using Spy apples (because they’re the sweetest) and working away at her “busy oven.” Ten pies are baked over the course of four hours and brought to the veterans with a block of cheddar cheese. States Dorothy: “Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.”
Cal Paterson, therapeutic recreation specialist in the Veterans Care Program, says word has spread that Dorothy’s pies are the best and more than 50 veterans will gather hoping for seconds.
Dorothy’s passion for life, and compassionate heart, is exemplified in the way she treats the veterans. “We do it because we enjoy the veterans, and we believe we bring a little spark to their lives,” she says.
Dorothy will be serving her famous apple pie today at 2 pm at Parkwood (801 Commissioners Road) in the Western County Wing, level four Dining Room.
St. Joseph’s Health Care London is an accredited teaching hospital owned by the St. Joseph’s Health Care Society and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the community. St. Joseph’s Health Care London includes: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Regional Mental Health Care, London and St. Thomas, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and a host of programs and services throughout Southwestern Ontario.