For the third year running, Schlegel Villages sponsored a ‘contest’ in celebration of Grandparents Day, asking people connected to the Villages to share their views on why their grandparent could be considered the grandest. The response in 2020 was tremendous and on Sept. 13, many Villages celebrated the wisdom, love and dedication of the older generations who, as grandparents, great-grandparents or friends and guides for younger people, have influenced the future of our communities.
The submissions this year have been wonderful to follow, and they are all listed here on our dedicated page.
“Thank you for providing the stability, support, wisdom, kindness and love that you do for us all,” wrote Brandon Bisnath-Bastian about his Grandmother, Girlie Bisnath of Erin Mills Lodge. “Thank you for telling me your stories and sharing your many years of experience and wisdom. I’m a better person for having learned from you.”
Many people shared how their beloved grandparents represent constancy and resilience, mentioning how they’ve seen this all the more through 2020 as COVID-19 threatened our collective sense of stability throughout the world.
“I do believe there’s nobody on this planet as selfless, soft-hearted or unequivocally dependable as my Nanny,” says Erika Houle in her beautiful message about her grandmother, Barbara Jackson of Tansley Woods.
Many team members also chose to contribute, offering their unique perspective as people who tend to feel connections to residents that, in many ways, is similar to those with their older family members or friends.
Rachel, a team member in The Village of Sandalwood Park, offered a lovely message about her Nana, Marguerite. “You have taught me so much in life,” Rachel writes; “to be kind, caring, positive, resilient and always look at the glass half full. For all this and much more, I will forever be amazed by you and always share how wonderful of a person my Nan is.
“She deserves the moon and if I could I would give it to her.”
In the ever-quickening, unpredictable world in which we live, taking time to reflect on the beauty of our relationships is a beautiful thing. Grandparents Day has been an opportunity to do just that, and we thank everyone for their lovely submissions. One will be chosen randomly to be featured and profiled in an upcoming Village Voice story. In the meantime, enjoy all the submissions here: https://sway.office.com/4Lzlh5Jgz1H4tZ7e?ref=Link