Village Voice

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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An Overwhelming Sense of Gratitude for Village at St. Clair

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 6:01am

Family members say goodbye to one Schlegel Team before meeting another

By Kristian Partington

The instant Cathy moved into the Village at St. Clair in Windsor, her sisters knew she was in the right place. Her sister Denise says the perfect mix of compassion, enthusiasm and professionalism infused the initial meeting they had with the team prior to Cathy’s arrival, and if anything those traits only expanded and deepened as the months went by. 

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Technology as a Conduit to help Build Relationships

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 11:48am

ETAG Online has great impact on the well being of older adults

By Kristian Partington

When the recreation team at the Village of Erin Meadows suggested the village take a break from offering its ETAG Online computer education program through the winter months, residents voiced their displeasure. The program, the team learned, has a great impact on residents’ well being and many look forward to the bi-weekly sessions with program facilitator and ETAG co-founder, Chris Bint.

The sessions were quickly reinstated.   

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A Small Window into a Person’s Life with Top-10 Lists

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:09pm

New initiative helps team members connect with residents who are living with dementia

By Kristian Partington

With a short glance upon the wall in Faith Brender’s room in Emma’s neighbourhood in the Village of Arbour Trails, one learns so much about her. She was a social worker and a nurse who travelled the globe extensively, living in several Canadian and U.S. cities, while visiting faraway lands throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

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Aurele Thomas and the Joy of Life

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 11:09am

'When I came back home, I said I feel like I’m in heaven.’

By Kristian Partington

Aurele Thomas has brushed alongside death several times over the decades, staring it down from the side of dirt roads in the forests of Northern Ontario and in hospital beds in the province’s larger cities to the south. He admits that in his darker moments, he’s contemplated taking control over death by creating the moment of his own reckoning and ending the pain that began when a motorcycle accident landed him in wheelchair in 1974. 

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Inspiring memories of Valentine’s Past

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:17am

3rd Annual Tansley Woods Dance brings generations together

By Kristian Partington

The young women came with dresses flowing, the young men in suits and ties. Their dancing style, if not their fashion choices, hearkened back generations, inspiring reminiscence in the hearts of many a Tansley Woods resident who’d gathered in the Town Hall to celebrate the Village’s annual Valentine’s Day Dance with the Grade 12 Students from nearby Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School.  

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Reimagining the Village General Store

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 9:53am

Tansley Woods and Wentworth Heights find new potential along Main Street      

By Kristian Partington

The local general store in any small town is a central place where neighbours bump into each other and share quick updates on life while picking up a few supplies they might need for the pantry, a spontaneous gift for a loved one or a last-minute birthday card. People buzz in and out, greeted by a shopkeeper who is somehow able to call everyone by name.   

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The Aspirations that Drive a Culture Change Quest

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:02am

Each village enhances life for residents in different ways

By Kristian Partington

As Schlegel Villages continues its journey to reshape the way care and support is offered for the residents who make their home in the villages, team members are constantly drawn back to eight “aspirations statements” to guide them. 

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Discovering the Caregivers of Tomorrow

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 2:35pm

Schlegel Villages pushing for more high school education in health and wellness

By Kristian Partington

The most dedicated team members and caregivers in a long-term care or retirement setting can sometimes step into the role having never officially worked with seniors before. They may never have known what skills and gifts they have to offer had someone not given them a chance and opened the door to opportunity.   

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