Peter, an optimistic and passionate 83 year-old and resident of Chartwell Imperial Place, has dedicated much of his life to both younger and older generations. A teacher of 43 years, Peter has taught children in his home town of Cape Town, South Africa, in Alberta and in British Columbia. He has also brought his passion for people, education, and counseling to a number of programs striving to improve the lives of seniors. As a true lover of classical music, his Wish of a Lifetime was to finally conduct an orchestra.
I’ve been a proud Housekeeper at Chartwell Rideau Place for the past six years. In addition to completing my typical duties each day—which includes cleaning residents’ rooms and ensuring their laundry is taken care of—I also pride myself on making residents feel welcomed and comfortable. I greet everyone with a smile, follow up with residents about their day and even work on puzzles with them in my free time. Getting to know residents on a personal level is important to help create a level of trust. If I hear a resident say “I missed you so much” or “what would I do without you,” I know I’ve made the impact I was hoping for.
Chartwell Royal Park resident, Jack Ryall, was overcome with emotion as he recently traveled to Nassau, Bahamas, to fulfill his wish of a lifetime. Born in England and a self-described “true cockney,” Jack lied about his age just to enlist in the Royal Air Force at 16. After serving in Nassau, he eventually made his way to Calgary in 1972, where he prided himself on being a good father and husband.
For the last 11 years, Wilbrod Projean has called Chartwell Le Duplessis in Trois-Rivières his home. “You know, I knew nothing about life in a retirement residence when I started looking,” he explains. Having served in Trois-Rivières’ police force for 35 years, Wilbrod eventually retired and alongside his passion for meeting new people, he also developed one for playing cards.
Those who know Tutzi Saringer best describe her as what a ray of sunshine would look like if it could smile. “Her eyes sparkle with life!” says Leigh, Lifestyle and Programs Manager at Chartwell Churchill House. “She has a smile and contagious laugh that can often be heard in conversations throughout our home.”
Brigitte knows good communication is at the heart of her daily interactions with residents and colleagues. As the Housekeeping Attendant at Chartwell Belvédères de Lachine, she has developed many close relationships over the last 9 years and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her residents.
My journey at Chartwell Harbours began eight years ago, the same year I started high school. Although my main role has been a dining room server, I’ve held a number of different positions since working here, including receptionist and prep-cook.
Mary McLean, 92, resident at Chartwell Bayview had been longing for a view from above. Before moving into her residence in Belleville, Ontario, she lived in a house that hot air balloons passed over frequently, and would often gaze up at them in awe. More than anything, she wanted to soar high above the countryside and experience the exhilaration.
As DJ Jack holds the needle over the album and his fellow residents eagerly await the first crackle of the vinyl, he introduces one of his favourite artists, Max Bygraves, a stand-alone comedian and singer of the 50s and 60s. The melodious sounds of “If You Were the Only Girl in the World” lift from the vinyl into the hearts of his audience, taking them back to the carefree days of youth and romance.
Thanks to our corporate giving partnership with Wish of a Lifetime Canada, we’ve already fulfilled wishes for two of our residents, with additional wishes being granted in the coming months.