Mel and Jinny Dickenson experienced improved quality of life through Sandy’s care for them in their apartment.
After Jinny’s death Mel wanted to give a gift to Sandy to show their appreciation. In conversation with the Philanthropy Committee, he came to the idea of establishing a fund that would allow others to receive such care even if unable to afford it. He contributed regularly to the fund while living and after his death, through a bequest, provided a generous gift to honor Sandy by endowing the fund and ensuring its future.
When one staff member is honored, it reflects positively on the spirit of the entire staff at Kendal. In a letter accompanying the bequest, their daughter wrote, “My father was so appreciative of Sandy Plamondon’s care of him and my mother that he is giving this donation in Sandy’s name. We have been so impressed with all the care our parents received at Kendal.” With the family’s approval, the fund has been named The Mel and Jinny Dickenson Home Care Financial Assistance Fund.
The couple also made a generous bequest to the Cadbury Fund, which provides financial assistance to residents whose resources become insufficient to cover the full cost of care. In a letter accompanying this gift his daughter writes, “My father and mother loved living at Kendal and received fine care from all of the staff. My father gives this donation because of his admiration for all you do. Thank you so much.” The community appreciates this legacy and welcomes additional gifts to the Home Care Financial Assistance Fund and the Cadbury Fund.