Rev. W.J Phillips Residence staff, Arlene Gallant and Doreen, show off the delicious fish and chips being served to the residents at Rev. W.J Phillips Residence thanks to Transportation West. The non-profit organization hired Up West Fire Fries to cater to the residents lunch on April 24. Melissa Heald photo

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A lunch of fish and chips was served up to residents of the Rev. W.J Phillips Residence thanks to Transportation West on April 24.

“This is amazing,” said Sherry Tremblay, operations manager for Transportation West. “This is always what I wanted to do, is help our community. We live in an amazing community.”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the non-profit organization had applied for a grant from the federal New Horizon Seniors Program, which they got and used for a weekly lunch program to take seniors out to different restaurants in the West Prince area.

When the pandemic shut everything down, Transportation West still had funds from that grant remaining.

“New Horizon was amazing in allowing me to extend the grant, because it was supposed to be used last year, but due to COVID-19 they extended it until the end of April this year,” explained Ms Tremblay.

Ms Tremblay decided since they couldn’t take seniors to lunch they would take the lunch to the seniors.


Rev. W.J Phillips Residence staff, Candace Gallant, delivers a tray of chicken strips and fires to resident Seifert Rayner. Residents were treated to a lunch of either fish and chips or chicken and fries on April 24 thanks to Transportation West, who hired Up West Fire Fries to cater to the Alberton facility. Melissa Heald photo

They hired Up West Fire Fries to cater to the residents, with the food truck parked in the parking lot of the Phillips Residence on Saturday. Owners Kelly and Doug Wilson, along with helper Darlene Peters, were cooking up a storm while staff carried the prepared lunches inside and served them to the awaiting residents. Even Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey was on hand to help with the lunch service.

Sixty meals of fish and chips, along with 10 orders of chicken and fries, were cooked up for the lunchtime treat.

Ms Tremblay added a few of those meals were delivered to seniors living throughout the region who were part of the initial lunch program.

The dining area of the Phillips Residence smelled deliciously like a British pub - minus the alcoholic beverages. Staff decorated the space in a British theme, with cardboard double decker buses, telephone booths, British flags and photos of Queen Elizabeth and the late Prince Phillip.

The handoff

Darlene Peters, who was helping the owners of the Up West Fire Fries, Kelly and Doug Wilson, hands off a basket of freshly cooked fish and chips to Rev. W.J Phillips Residence staff Peter Richards to take inside and serve to the awaiting residents. Melissa Heald photo

The comments from the residents was the food delicious.

“Couldn’t be any better,” said Betty Wallace, who had the fish and chips.

“This was an incredible opportunity for the residents to have a treat,” said Colleen Parker, executive director for the Phillips Residence. “This was something we couldn’t do otherwise, especially to have the fire fries truck come, we wouldn’t been able to do that financially, so that’s very generous of them.”

Transportation West has been busy finding other ways to spend the remaining funding from the New Horizon grant. They’ve purchased books for both Phillips Residence, Tignish Seniors Home and the Ladyslipper Villa in O’Leary. Also for O’Leary, lunch was bought from the Maple House Bakery and the bakery catered to the Phillips Residence a few weeks ago. For St Patrick’s Day, they bought all the ingredients needed so the staff at Tignish Seniors Home could make the residents a Jiggs Dinner. Tablets have also been purchased to be donated to the three community care homes.

Fish and Chips

It was a busy afternoon at the Phillips Residence on April 24 as residents were treated to a lunch of fish and chips thanks to Transportation West. Sherry Tremblay (far right), operations manager for Transportation West, hired Up West Fire Fries to cater to the Phillips Residence. Even Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey was on hand to help with the lunch service. Also in photo: Colleen Parker, executive director of the Phillips Residence. Melissa Heald photo

Finally, Transportation West has once again hired Up West Fire Fries to cater to the residents at Tignish Seniors Home on May 1.

“We had to think outside the box,” said Ms Tremblay. “We couldn’t stick with the original grant description, but New Horizon was so easy to work with and allowed me to change the grant any way we could.”

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