Library created in memory of Laura Canning

Sherry Martell
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TRURO - Staff and family members honoured a former Mira Long Term Care Centre resident on Friday when an in-house library was opened in her memory.
Laura Canning's family participated in the official dedication ceremony, which included the unveiling of a nameplate adorned with her name. "I'm smiling through tears," said Canning's sister Erm Morash, still visibly affected by her loss in June of this year.
Canning's husband, Reagh, donated funds to create the small library in the Mira's multi-use room. It now contains more than 1,000 books, all donated, and placed on shelves that were also gifted to establish the library, along with an electric fireplace to create a relaxed home environment.
"Laura was a great reader," said Canning. "She'd read book after book after book. She would appreciate something like this. This would have been right up her alley."
"Mom would have loved this," said Canning's daughter, Andrea LaSaga. "Mom always wanted to do things for others."
She said having a library setting at the home like the one that has been created would have been a comfortable place for her mother to spend time during her last days and LaSaga is hoping it will now provide comfort to others.
Verbena Willis, director of support services at the Mira, said they hope to eventually expand the library to include audio books and large print editions.
"It's just one more step to making this a complete home for people who live here and can not leave," said Willis. She said they are working to improve services and options available for residents to make their environment as home-like as possible.

Organizations: Mira, Care Centre

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