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Jackie Laybolt: A New Board Member with a Heartfelt Connection to the Birches

Photo: Jack Golding with his daughter Jackie Laybolt

Jackie Laybolt always knew she had a strong connection with the staff at The Birches Home for Special Care from the moment her father, Jack Golding, was relocated there. “The Birches was like a home to dad, not a facility, but a home,” says Jackie. That was a comforting feeling to both Jackie and Jack.

The Birches quickly became a home away from home for Jack. The nurses and staff would tease him and he loved the attention. “They were wonderful with him,” says Jackie. “They knew how to get to his sense of humor.” Some people may think of the 42-bed nursing home as a facility or ‘old age home,’ but not Jack. Being in the navy most of his life as a petty officer and gunnery, Jack was a dynamic individual and enjoyed the social aspect of his new home. In fact, until he passed away Oct. 26 of 2011 he was an active and smiling member of the Birches community. Jackie described her dad’s smile as the thing people remember him for the most.

During Jack’s five year stay at The Birches, Jackie became very familiar with The Birches and the staff. She soon realized that it was through the efforts of volunteers that the creation of a palliative care room, bus outings and a mural in the Alzheimer’s wing of The Birches were able to be funded. It was from such examples of fundraising efforts that Jackie decided to start giving back and volunteering for The John Fraser Fall Classic Golf Tournament. “I don’t think people realize that a lot of these positive features of Twin Oaks and The Birches are not funded through the government. I saw there was a need for help in the Foundation so I signed up,” explains Jackie. She decided to step in to a board position at the Foundation, and as she described it, “honour her father’s memory.” Jackie describes the Twin Oaks/Birches Health Care Charitable Foundation as a very dedicated group of individuals, who are easy to get along with. She says, “It’s a community of people I wanted to continue to support.” Jackie encourages other people of the Eastern Shore community to also give back and reach out to become a board or event volunteer.

If you are interested in more information on how to get involved in volunteering with the Foundation, or have any questions on Foundation fundraising events, please contact Linda Verlinden at: 889-3168 or email: twinoaks.birches.foundation@gmail.com