“Last year I cycled 2,200 kms. That’s a lot! This year, it’s only the beginning of the season now and I’ve already done 160km. I love going through the natural park, there are nice bike paths, it’s quiet and there are lots of birds.”
“I worked for stars: Peggy Lee, Tony Francis, Gilda…I made dresses from scratch, I designed them, I bought the material and I sewed them.”
“When we first got here, my husband – who suffers from Parkinson’s – had a lot of trouble walking. We started going to the pool every day.”
“Following your dreams right to the end is important. Everything I’ve experienced allows me to be happy now, and have no regrets. What I want for my children is for them to live their dreams, just like their mother did! Everything I lived before helps me live happily today.”
With Dorothy’s passion for politics a well-known fact at her retirement residence, where she watches Question Period in the House of Commons from the comfort of her suite each day, staff decided to do something special for her 106th birthday on January 16th. They reached out to the Office of the Prime Minister with an extraordinary request—a meet-and-greet with Justin Trudeau.
“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.
Have you ever wanted to drive an 18-wheeler? Have your art shown at a gallery? Hike along a majestic mountain trail? Chartwell Retirement Residences’ “Moments that Matter” program is making these and other exciting dreams a reality for their residents.