A Little Bit of Australia Comes to United

The chefs at Garrison Green have prepared a two-week around-the-world “cruise” menu, which stops at a different country each day, giving residents the opportunity to sample a local, chef-inspired dish from each country.

Resident Marina Vettergreen is all smiles holding a baby kangaroo
Resident Marina Vettergreen is all smiles holding a baby kangaroo

Recently, the “cruise” stopped at Australia, which also featured a visit by a couple of cuddly friends, courtesy of Cobbs Adventure Park  in northeast Calgary. A baby kangaroo and a sugar glider were big hits. The sugar glider is a small possum with a taste for sugary foods. It has the ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel, which it did on this visit when it jumped from one person to another.

“The residents had a blast and so did many of the employees who had never seen these animals up close before,” said Hayley Bell, Garrison Green’s program coordinator. The visit supports United’s philosophy of engaging minds and imaginations through a variety of interesting programs.

“It was a wonderful experience,” said resident Marina Vettergreen. “I had the privilege of  holding a baby kangaroo. It was so cuddly. It was a special experience that I’ll always remember.”

“I thought it was very cool,” said United Minds coordinator Bridget Coulter, who spent some quality time with the sugar glider. “It made itself right at home in the crook of my arm. It behaved almost like a cat and sat there grooming itself. It was very enjoyable!”

Employee Bridget Coulter kept a close eye on the little sugar glider
Employee Bridget Coulter kept a close eye on the little sugar glider

The baby kangaroo is eight months old and stood about one foot tall. The little sugar glider is about five years old. The residents also enjoyed a themed dinner of grilled garlic chili prawns which added to the Australia feel of the day.

Photos by United Active Living. Videos by Sherana Productions.

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