Paralympic Torchbearer visits Fairview Manor

March 20, 2018 by

TorchatFVM_2018Residents at Fairview Manor got into the Olympic spirit on March 16th with the arrival of a Paralympic Torch, all the way from South Korea.

Scott McDonald, former Para Ice Hockey Referee-in-Chief for the International Paralympic Committee, visited the home to share the torch and talk about his experiences.

Scott was one of 800 torchbearers who took part in the Torch Relay from March 1 to 9 in South Korea. He was chosen in honour of his years of volunteer service and dedication to the sport of Para Ice Hockey (formerly called Sledge Hockey).

“I spent 17 years officiating able bodied hockey and in 2002, I started to officiate para-ice hockey. I worked a number of tournaments and then was selected to represent Canada at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy,” said McDonald.

Scott’s wife Nancy is a Registered Practical Nurse at Fairview Manor and says she is used to Scott’s fame. “My colleagues have had to listen to me talk about Scott and all of his adventures and now they get to see the torch too,” laughs Nancy. “I’ve been lucky to be able to travel with Scott, including my dream trip to Russia a couple of years ago.”TorchinSouthKorea_2018

Residents, staff and visitors listened with pride as Scott described his experience and his long career with Para Ice Hockey and Canada’s team. They asked lots of questions about Scott’s experiences and travels.

Assistant Director of Care Amanda Becking summed things up: “Our residents enjoyed competing in their own version of the Olympic games, so it was a thrill for them to see and touch a torch in person. An event like this allows residents to keep up with current events in a tangible way. Many thanks to Scott MacDonald for sharing his exciting Paralympic story with all of us at Fairview Manor.”