“We get together here to watch hockey, just the boys. It gives our wives a break. (laughs) When the Canadiens win, we get up and sing Oh Canada.” (laughs)
“My piano was in the family for many years. I started at the age of eight. I love to play. I’m playing Moon River from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
When Chartwell Stonehaven resident Jean turned 100 years old in May, she sat down with General Manager Yasmin Docter-Vachon to show off some of the ‘presents’ she’d received on her big day. “Jean was sent a number of letters to recognize her centenarian birthday, including a letter from the Queen, Prime Minister, Governor General and many other local officials,” Yasmin explains. “While we were pouring over them, as well as some photos of Ottawa, Jean shared that she used to work as a secretary in Parliament Hill’s West Block, and expressed that she wanted to go back for a visit one day.”
Staff at Chartwell Duke of Devonshire in Ottawa were pleased to welcome Mr. Abdul Khanani to their elegant retirement community for a short stay back in September. After settling in, they learned that Abdul had decided to book his short stay visit because he thought it would be best to reside in an environment where his daily needs could be met with comfort, flexibility and top-notch customer service while his wife and family were away in Europe. For health reasons, he was unable to travel with them—and even more heart-wrenching, unable to attend his daughter’s wedding abroad.
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Though the Blue Jays would lose their game, Martin’s good spirits were unshakable that day. Both Debra and Lina admit that tears sprang to their eyes—and to Martin’s—when he told them, “I never thought I would ever see a Jays game again, and you made it happen for me.”
We love flowers. For the beauty that they have and the life that they create. We have a dozen different orchids in our bedroom. One of them is 14 years old. Having plants in the house is important, it gives you better air.
“I’m the oldest in a family of 10 kids, and our mother was often sick. So I started cooking very young! I’m always trading recipes with my friend Lucette. When I find new recipes, I copy them down and give them to her. We each cook alone, then we get together and trade recipes.”
Collecting stamps is my passion. There are a lot of ways of getting stamps. For example, you can buy somebody else’s collection or you can sometimes trade them. I’ve had stamps ever since I can remember. Each album is a different country. Some are 100 years old. Why do I collect them?
“She was always good at my games. One day I bought a pool table, but she won all the time. So I turned it into a racing car track, and she still won!”