Seeds of Success participants happy to have program

Seeds of Success is Northwood’s mental health support program offered to residents and tenants at Northwood Halifax. Allister and Gary are participants of the program who wanted to share their experiences.

Allister Hiltz
Resident, Hickory Shore

What does the Seeds of Success program mean to you?
It means time spent with people, my friends, doing things I like to do. It means I can do arts, planting and gardening and painting. I was one of the first people to sign up and I’ve only missed one day!

How do you feel when you leave the program?
I wish it would never end. I enjoy all of it and the program always makes me really happy.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining the group?
I would tell them they will have a good time; talking and being around people. I used to be upset a lot and this program helps me feel happy.

Gary Wentzell
Tenant, Retirement Living

What made you want to join the Seeds of Success group?
I was tired of sitting in my apartment stating at the wall. It’s a good way to meet people. Now I know people I didn’t before and I love that. I’m expanding my horizons.

What do you get out of being a participant?
For me, it’s a form of self expression, especially with planting. If I’m having a bad day, it makes me feel better. It’s therapeutic. Plus all the new friends I’ve made.

How do you feel when you leave the program?
If I feel good when I arrive, then I feel three times better when I leave. If it’s a bad day, I still feel better when I leave.