Story submitted by The Mustard Seed Edmonton’s Mosaic Centre Receptionist, Christie Dawn Selinger.
Wednesday mornings are a special time at Mosaic Centre. We have a very wonderful lady who comes to do crafts with our community participants. Her name is Karin, but I’m not sure that anyone calls her that; to many of us at the Mosaic Centre, she’s the community Grandma. Her soft nature and warm demeanor welcomes everyone who enters the Centre.
Grandma Karin takes out her beading and other crafts and engages our participants in whatever she has planned for the week like I have never seen anyone do before.
She is an important part of their week and an important part of the Mosaic Centre family.
One week, she decided it would be a great idea to write letters and cards to the troops overseas. Excited about her idea, Grandma Karin started passing out cards and writing supplies to everyone. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical that she was going to get some of our rough, tough guys to make cards, but imagine my surprise when the majority of the participants began eagerly making cards, proudly showing them to Grandma. When our participants have an opportunity to make Grandma Karin happy, they are happy!
Many of our community members do not have a lot of family, but Grandma Karin is truly like a grandma to them. She is an important part of their week and an important part of the Mosaic Centre family.