Lions Club International Exemplary Service Award 2018 presented to Spark of Life President.
On Tuesday 22 May 2018, the Western Australia State Lions Club Co-ordinator, Sue Renton along with the Canning City Lions Club President Chris Gwilym presented Hilary Lee, President of Spark of Life with this year’s Lions Club International Exemplary Service Award.
Hilary received this award in honour of her dedication to support people with dementia, locally, nationally and internationally’ through the work of Dementia Care International and the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.
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In April 2018, The TSAO Foundation in Singapore had organised for their teams to receive the experiential education on the Spark of Life Philosophy and learn directly from the Founder, Jane Verity.
Day one saw all 115 staff members attend the new 1-day signature presentation that brings together a kaleidoscope of the best of the Spark of Life Philosophy. This had been made possible by closing all programs and services for the day.
Forty team members then participated in the 3-day Certified Spark of Life Club Facilitator Course, where they learned profound skills that can be applied to any social group program. Congratulations to everyone who passed with flying colours.
During May 2108, Staff at Adriel House and Resthome, South Island, New Zealand were invited to take part in the new 1-day presentation on ‘How to Ignite the Spark of Life – a Day on Culture Enrichment’ presented by the Founder Jane Verity. This day was repeated so everyone had the opportunity to attend including family members and people from the community.
Ten of the 41 staff members who had applied were then granted the opportunity to participate in the 3-day Certified Spark of Life Club Facilitator Course, leaving everyone enthusiastic about a future where all their residents have the opportunity to participate in a Club.
Everyone benefited from the education on how to set up and run the clubs and they came together as a team. They learnt so much that was positive about each other from the experiential exercises and the discussions shared by all.
Sailesh Mishra, Spark of Life Master Practitioner from Silver Innings Mumbai, recently gave the first presentation about Spark of Life in India. He presented to a warm reception at the XXI national conference of ARDSI on 22 & 23 September 2017 in Kolkata to esteemed international and national dementia care leaders . The conference was organised by Nilanjana Maulik, Spark of Life Master Practitioner & Secretary of ARDSI Kolkatta.
In Australia, Maggie Beer is a much loved & highly regarded TV personality and cook. The Maggie Beer Foundation’s one purpose is to improve the food experience for everyone as they age with a slogan, ‘Creating an Appetite for Life. Spark of Life features in the latest Maggie Beer Foundation Newsletter
The Rise and Shine Dyslexic Organization (RASDO) in Uganda has launched a practical activity in the form of play that can attract and promote the Spark of Life Philosophy throughout local communities. ‘Jumping for the Spark of Life Philosophy and the Children of Uganda’ is inspiring and fun!
An Illinois assisted living and memory care community will be the first senior living community in the United States to implement the Spark of Life Philosophy. Chicago-based Pathway to Living’s Aspired Living of Westmont, a 107-unit community scheduled to open soon in Westmont, IL, will provide care for residents under the guidance of their two qualified Spark of Life Master Practitioners.