They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and residents at Chartwell Pembroke Heritage Retirement Residence in Pembroke, ON., are learning that firsthand. The Heritage Walk, a photo gallery of the town’s history, was recently displayed in an area of the senior living community for residents to enjoy. The project is headed by General Manager Susanne Edwards, who hopes to expand it even further in the next coming months.
Handy, flexible with his time, easily able to adapt and extremely compassionate, Michel is in his element as Maintenance Manager at Chartwell Faubourg Giffard Retirement Residence. When he first started working at the retirement community, Michel took care of housekeeping duties. It was the former Maintenance Manager who eventually encouraged him to apply for the job when it became available, and he’s glad he did: “Some of the residents remind me of my grandparents. It brings back good memories,” says Michel.
Having grown up in a loving home, Manon is happy to pay it forward and make a difference in the lives of everyone she meets. As her job at the residence naturally provides a lot of opportunity for human interaction, she has experienced tremendous satisfaction since she began working as a Program Support Services Manager at Chartwell Manoir Saint-Jérôme. “I didn’t know I had it in me, but this is clearly what I was meant to do,” she says about her career choice.
Imagine having peace of mind knowing that your aging parent is secure and happy at all times – even when you aren’t there to help. A senior living community can provide your loved one with healthy meals, fun activities, and a group of friends that—together—can promote socialization during one’s retirement years. If your loved one is considering making the move to a retirement residence, but is worried about affordability, he or she isn’t alone.
Marc really enjoys working with both residents and staff, all of whom he’s gotten to know personally over time. “Our residents are people who deserve to be loved and respected. Together with my staff, we discover their habits and preferences bit by bit,” he explains. “The better we get to know our residents, the better we’re able to serve their needs.”
Dave knew from a very young age that he wanted to become a chef. Growing up, he vividly recalls watching his grandmother as she busied herself in the kitchen, carefully observing her techniques as she prepared mouthwatering meals for the family. Under her tutelage, Dave not only inherited his love of the culinary arts, but also many of her favourite tools and homemade recipe books—all of which he would one day make good use of in his pursuit of a professional career in gastronomy.
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Peter feels fortunate for the years he spent with his grandmother, and admits her loss is what drove him to pursue a meaningful career in service to seniors. Eager to pay homage to his grandparents’ sacrifices, Peter joined the long term care industry, and today works as the Administrator at Chartwell Wenleigh LTC, a role that entails overseeing a dedicated team of managers and ensuring the happiness and comfort of his residents and their families. Peter admits his favourite part of each day is walking into his long term care community in the morning and being greeted by residents, and considers it a privilege to be able to know so many of them personally.
When Robin talks about her fondness for seniors, she explains that it stems in part from her childhood. She remembers wonderful times spent with her grandmother, who taught Robin everything she knows about traditional Jewish cooking, like how to make rugelach and apple strudel: “When I was young, I was close to my grandmother. She’s the one who taught me how to cook and bake. I still have her pots and pans!”
Christine Gallant, Nurse Working at Chartwell since 1990 Chartwell Villa de l’Estrie – Sherbrooke, Quebec “I think it’s essential to provide excellent service. After all, the residents have chosen and placed their trust in us.” I’ve been working at the residence for more than 25 years and it has become my second family. My daily […]