Mississauga, Ont. Sept. 30, 2015 – Today, Wish of a Lifetime Canada (WOLC) announced its entrance into the Canadian charitable landscape. The organization aims to shift the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages. Wish of a Lifetime Canada’s mission has its origins in the US-based charity Wish of a Lifetime, which was founded in 2008 by U.S. Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom. WOLC is an independent organization incorporated in Canada, and is built on the belief that seniors should be respected, honoured, and aided in our society. The charity lives its mission by granting life-enriching wishes to deserving senior citizens.
It wasn’t until Gino began taking computer science courses at the University of Windsor that he realized his passions lay elsewhere. While working part-time in several different restaurants to make some extra cash between classes, it dawned on him how much he truly enjoyed cooking. It was soon after that Gino enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at St. Clair College, where he learned basic cooking fundamentals, baking skills and a working knowledge of food safety and sanitation. A few years later, Gino added another feather to his cap by achieving one of the greatest honours in Canada’s culinary world: becoming a Red Seal Chef, a prestigious certification of apprenticeship and a professional endorsement of skills, experience, and creativity.
Born and bred in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canadian hockey legend Gilles Dubé now calls Chartwell Villa de l’Estrie home. The retired hockey player’s remarkable NHL career spanned over a decade, with Gilles playing in the 1940s and 1950s with two of the league’s original six teams, the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings. Today, when Gilles reminisces about his time as a professional hockey player, he fondly remembers the friendships he built and the overall sense of camaraderie which filled the players’ locker room before and after each game.
Native-born Australian John always knew he wanted to be a chef, especially when his older brother came home after years of travelling and told him about his cooking experiences abroad. Following a culinary education in Brisbane, John embarked on a four-year apprenticeship as a chef, mastering theory, practicing food safety and gaining valuable knowledge in the kitchen. After graduating from the program, he finally realized his dream of becoming a chef when he began working at various restaurants and hotels across Brisbane and Sydney. As fate would have it, John would follow in his brother’s footsteps, cooking at restaurants around the world through Fairmount and Delta hotels, his career taking him as far as Europe and Canada.
On May 7, Cawthra Gardens Long Term Care Residence in Mississauga, Ontario, celebrated resident Marie Kay’s 107th birthday! Though Kay’s age is remarkable, it isn’t the most impressive thing about her. In addition to being a card game champion and an active resident, Kay is one of the most interesting people to walk through the doors of Cawthra Gardens.
When you think of an award-winning athlete, you probably imagine someone younger than 78-year-old Canadian Christa Bortignon. Despite her fit frame and amazing accomplishments, including winning many sporting medals and holding world records, she’s actually quite new to the world of track and field, according to the North Shore News.
With over 45 years of experience in the food industry, Mike has cooked his way across Canada and the United States—from White Horse, Yukon Territory to Los Angeles, California. He’s taken numerous culinary and management courses over the years and has worked in many fine restaurants and night clubs. Impressively, Mike has also personally cooked for the likes of the Rolling Stones, Genesis, Pink Floyd and many other legendary rock bands.
Chartwell Retirement Residences is hosting a National “Fall Fest” Open House on Sunday, September 20 from 1-4 p.m. at all of its retirement communities across Canada. When you attend their family-friendly event, you’ll have the opportunity to sample delicious food and refreshments and enjoy lively entertainment typical of a fall festival. You’ll also have a chance to take a look around the residence and explore the benefits of a retirement living lifestyle.
I began working in seniors housing in 2001 after immigrating to Canada from Shanghai. I was employed with Regency Care and worked at their Head Office, which happened to be in the basement what is today known as Chartwell Wenleigh Long Term Care Residence. When Regency was acquired by Chartwell in 2007, I was excited to join the team and have since held a number of positions within the accounting department.
Retirement has been considered as a new chapter that can be spent enjoying your old passions and discovering new ones. However, the concept of retirement has gone through some changes, and while it remains a time for seniors to explore other interests, there’s a little more to it now.