Village Voice

Celebrating the Army of Volunteers who give the Villages Spark

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 9:42am

Each village offering gratitude during Volunteer Week April 23-29

By Kristian Partington

The team members who support the physical and emotional needs of residents may be the backbone of every village, but the people who give freely of their time in a volunteer capacity give the Villages spark, enhancing the lives of residents immeasurably.  

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Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care opens at Conestoga College

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 12:39pm

New Centre will enhance innovative education and research knowledge translation

By Kristian Partington

Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) have always enjoyed a strong partnership with Conestoga College. The school is viewed as an essential element in the development of a compassionate seniors-care work force while translating knowledge gleaned through research into practice in the service of older adults.   

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Honouring the Heart of a Gentle Giant

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:11am

Aspen Lake and the volunteer pairing of Kenya and Gary Williams

By Kristian Partington

The day Gary Williams retired after nearly two decades of service in auto manufacturing, Kenya came into his life. A friend of a friend suddenly had to move, and they couldn’t take their gentle three-year-old South African Bull Mastiff with them. Just a short time before, Gary and his wife said goodbye to their beloved pet of 15 years and Gary says it was like Kenya was meant to come into their lives at just that moment.   

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One Brave Night for Mental Health

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:33pm

Schlegel Villages partners with CAMH to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness

By Kristian Partington

“Sometimes, people just need a good cry.”

This was the simple statement a cashier made when she noticed the forgotten Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) nametag Lynda Gerard wore as she waited to pay for her groceries one day after work.   

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The Locks come off a ‘Secured’ Neighbourhood

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 9:23am

Riverside Glen sees greater integration with the Mapleton barriers removed

By Kristian Partington

When the Mapleton team at The Village of Riverside Glen first approached Ann Perets to discuss the possibility of removing the keyed-access locks on the neighbourhood’s doors, she admits to feeling a little anxious.   

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Showcasing of the Role Art plays in the Lives of Older Adults

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 1:34pm

Winston Park resident’s work on display with Sheridan College’s Creative Campus Gallery

By Kristian Partington

The original landscape paintings created by Ken Cox are of the highest quality, while the art he creates today from his home at the Village of Winston Park take on a more modern use of colour and are almost abstract in their beauty. The aging process has done little to slow his creative energy.   

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Love for Animals urges Glendale Crossing Residents to Volunteer at Shelter

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:35am

‘They are cared about and they are loved,’ says Marion Tucker

By Kristian Partington

In each neighbourhood of every Village, recreation team members spend much of their time planning events and activities they hope will appeal to a broad range of residents. The calendars are full with trivia nights, baking sessions, exercise classes, and, of course, the odd happy hour.   

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A Passion so Pure it’s Contagious

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:36pm

Celebrating the Students who bring vibrancy to Village Life

By Kristian Partington

Within minutes of beginning to interview Karen Poveda for a potential co-op placement at the Village of Glendale Crossing, Amy Harbin knew the kinesiology student was destined to work with seniors.   

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The Vision continues to Expand in the Village at University Gates

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:08pm

Construction of new Retirement Suites now underway in Waterloo

By Kristian Partington   

When the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, officially marked the opening of The Village at University Gates and the Schlegel Centre of Excellence for Research and Innovation in the fall of 2015, he called it “a monument to learning and caring for others.” 

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Revamped Kitchen Brings a Neighbourhood to Life

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:36am

At Emma’s in Arbour Trails, residents and team are inspired to bake a little more

By Kristian Partington

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