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Lifting spirits with a Red Parade for Participation House

Supporting those in need during these trying times can take many forms – even a parade.  Participation House, in Markham, Ontario, is a residence that provides care for adults with developmental and physical disabilities.  Earlier this year, members of our York Simcoe service and installation team, including Matt Gilmore, spent a week at Participation House, visiting with the 42 residents as they upgraded their digital boxes. During this time, they formed a special bond.

When Matt learned that there was a devastating COVID-19 outbreak at Participation House, affecting both residents and staff, the team organized a Rogers “Red Fleet Parade” around Participation House and the neighbouring Markham Stouffville Hospital.  A parade of 25 red Rogers trucks, followed by family and friends in their own cars, honked and waved to show their support for residents, patients, and healthcare workers. As the Rogers fleet drove past, they were greeted with cheers from the windows – as the community came together to share a special moment of solidarity.

Red trucks and window waves – sometimes that’s what hope looks like.