Mathilda “Tilly” Koppes, 82, of Chartwell Ridgepointe in Kamloops, British Columbia, longed to honour her late husband Martin’s achievements and to preserve his legacy by creating a photo album dedicated to his life and career. For years, she had been collecting and archiving printed materials about his personal and professional life that she hoped would someday be assembled in a meaningful way. Mathilda’s wish was put into action with the help of Chartwell’s charitable partner, Wish of a Lifetime Canada. They understood the value of preserving history to pass on to future generations and did everything possible for Mathilda to achieve her dream.
Antoine Normand, 77, of Chartwell Monastere d’Aylmer in Gatineau, Quebec, describes himself as a “Don Quichotte with a mission.” Known for his generosity and unique sense of humour, he devoted his entire life to advocating for others and encouraging Canadian citizens to seize opportunities to better their lives.
Ken McFarland of Chartwell Carrington Place isn’t one to ask for much. At age 94, the soft-spoken man is grateful for the life he has lived and is a person who treasures family above all else. This past Christmas, Ken’s life took an unexpected and exciting turn when he got the chance to hug the adult grandson he had never met before — thanks to Chartwell’s partnership with Wish of a Lifetime Canada.
Raymond Parent, 67, of Chartwell Jardins Laviolette in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, is known for being a kind-hearted, courageous senior who dedicates his time to the service of others. Growing up in a loving family, he had great admiration for his father, Fernando, a WWII hero who piloted many different aircraft, but mainly the Halifax Bomber.
The sounds of a marching band stir memories in many of us – from standing on the sidelines at a St. Patrick’s Day parade to touring a historic fortress on a family vacation – but for one Chartwell resident, the sounds and rhythm have a much deeper meaning. For ninety-one-year-old Lloyd Sullivan of Chartwell Wynfield Long Term Care in Oshawa, Ontario, marching bands are a powerful link to his past as a member of Toronto’s Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.
Martha Drexel of Chartwell Crescent Gardens in Surrey, B.C., and her granddaughter Kellie share a special bond. Spending time together brings them both great joy as they share a mutual love of gardening, helping others and enjoying Sunday lunches together. They developed a routine of seeing each other often and sharing their common interests well into Kellie’s young adult life.
Bertrand Beaulieu, 86, is a resident of Chartwell Seigneuries du Carrefour in Sherbrooke, Quebec who has dedicated much of his life to philanthropic work. To this day, he has shown his passion for older generations through long-term involvement in numerous organizations striving to improve the lives of seniors.
Nothing means more to Matilda “Tillie” Grant than her family. The 84-year old resident of Chartwell Carrington House in Mission, BC, longed to see her five sisters who lived many miles away in their hometown of Welland, Ontario, after 17 years apart. With two of her sisters sick with cancer, and another sister missing her terribly, Tillie’s desire to see her sisters one more time grew stronger by the day.
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.