Since November of 2015, Chartwell Retirement Residences and Wish of a Lifetime Canada have been working together to grant lifelong wishes to seniors all across the country. Of the nearly 40 wishes granted thus far, many have been for veterans who bravely served to protect the rights and freedoms of Canadians. With November upon us, it is a time of reflection and commemoration, which is why we’d like to highlight some of the wishes we’ve been able to help grant to deserving veterans.
To 92-year-old Chartwell Rouge Valley resident Jim Dornan, the Avro Lancaster bomber is more than just a warplane. It’s a historic symbol of his personal experience in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Jim enlisted when he was only 18 years old and began training to become a flight engineer. Just as Jim was gearing up for the last part of his training to eventually be part of a crew, WWII came to an end, taking with it Jim’s dream of flying as a crew member in a Lancaster bomber.
As a child, Marina remembers looking up into the sky and seeing countless twinkling stars light up the night—even from her home in Toronto. Now 81 years old and living at Chartwell Pickering City Centre, she dreamt of seeing that beautiful, speckled sky once again. However, due to the light pollution emitted from the city, the stars no longer shone the same way as they did in the past.
In a room bustling with music, family, friends and community members, Loïs Blanchette, 97, of Chartwell Seigneuries du Carrefour in Sherbrooke, Quebec, experienced her Wish of a Lifetime with flair. A former musician, singer, choir director and multilingual poet, Loïs has devoted her life to music and other creative pursuits.
Chartwell and Wish of a Lifetime Canada have been busy fulfilling wishes over the last few months. Making dreams a reality for seniors is what this partnership is all about, and April and May certainly didn’t disappoint! Have a look at some of the inspiring wishes we’ve fulfilled.
MISSISSAUGA, ON. May 12th, 2017 – Chartwell Retirement Residences (“Chartwell”) announced today the result of its 2016 efforts to raise funds for their charitable partner, Wish of a Lifetime Canada (WOLC). In total, the company raised over $165,000 in 2016 to support WOLC’s mission of shifting the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages.
James Long, 94, has always admired the miracle of flight. As a young man growing up in Ontario, he would watch planes soaring overhead and dream of one day experiencing the thrill of aviation for himself. James eventually became a pilot later in life, an achievement that allowed him to fly to places like Prince Edward Island and California dozens of times. This alone was a dream come true for James, but there was one piece of the puzzle missing.
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.
October 1st marked the one year anniversary of the launch of Chartwell’s partnership with Wish of a Lifetime Canada. The national partnership saw incredible successful in its inaugural year, fulfilling close to a dozen inspiring wishes for Chartwell residents and Canadian seniors.
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.