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"I was proud to be from Canada and even prouder to be from Schlegel Villages," says Steph Hamilton about her time at the 2019 Pioneer Network Conference.
September 17, 2019
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In 2011, a small group of people connected to Schlegel Villages travelled south from their home in Ontario to St. Charles, Missouri on the banks of the great Missouri River. They were explorers, in a way, eager to learn about a group of people that since the mid 1990s had been influencing change in... Read more
Marisol's submssion about her Grumpa was randomly chosen as the 'Grandest'. "If I were to tell him I won at a class race," she says,  "he would remember and always make sure I knew that he was proud."
September 12, 2019
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“Oma was always so generous, loving and caring,” writes Jack Pompili about his grandmother, Johanna of Taunton Mills. “She used to comfort me when I felt bad or was upset, now I hold her hand and comfort her if she is upset when I visit.” Marisol's submssion about her Grumpa was randomly chosen as... Read more
Residents at Pinehaven cheered when Will, a beloved PSW, kissed his bride 
September 10, 2019
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There’s nothing quite like a wedding celebration to bring family together, so when William Montgomery said his vows and married the love of his life, he wanted his family from Pinehaven Nursing Home in Waterloo to be part of it. Logistics and space, however, meant he couldn’t invite the residents... Read more
Erin says the most rewarding aspect of volunteering at  Winston Park is connecting with the residents she supports
September 5, 2019
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Some of Erin Wetzel’s fondest memories from her youth centred around the cooling days of Autumn and the promise of excitement as the Waterloo Region prepared for the launch of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. She recalls the days when Miss Oktoberfest would come to her school to meet the children,... Read more
Thanks to Teresa and the Senior Wish Association, John was able to feel the wind upon his face again.
September 3, 2019
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John Ryan has always been a motorcycle enthusiast. The first bike he ever owned was a Yamaha Verago and he loved to feel the wind in his face as he took to the open road upon the rumbling machine. He jokes that he couldn’t fly an airplane in the air force because he couldn’t pass the eye test, so... Read more
Humber Heights team members celebrated the wonderful cultures of the Village during the final “Diversity Lunch” of the summer.
August 29, 2019
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The path Douglas Dodds traversed through life to eventually land in Etobicoke took him from England to New Zealand and Australia and several points in between. His accent is a tricky one to distinguish for a good reason. It’s Wednesday around noon and Douglas is sitting in the café in The Village... Read more
August 27, 2019
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To hear of a Dignity Walk – the process where team members and residents of a Village honour the life of a resident who has passed away by lovingly ushering them through the front doors with quiet dignity – is a lovely notion. To witness it firsthand is another realm of touching grace entirely. In... Read more
Mary, now 100 years old, always loved to swim and Ciara, a kinesiology student from the University of Waterloo, helped get her back in the water 
August 22, 2019
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Mary St. Marie loved nothing more as a young girl than running to the river with friends on a hot summer day to swim the afternoons away. She looks back to those days nearly a century ago with great fondness and wide smiles, and she recently shared these memories with Ciara Dunn during one of their... Read more
Grace has seen the relationship with her grandfather Aldo blossom in the past few years.
August 20, 2019
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The relationship between grandparent and grandchild can be a remarkably special one, and it’s a relationship Schlegel Villages wants to celebrate in the lead-up to Grandparent’s Day Sept. 8. Perhaps it’s the fact that the pressures of parenthood have lessened in the minds of a grandparent that they... Read more
Events such as the Festival of Flavours in 2015 offer an example of bigger culture changes efforts, but there are countless other small moments that define the movement.
August 15, 2019
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In the first days of October as team members and leaders from across Schlegel Villages gather in Niagara Falls for the organization’s annual Operational Planning Retreat, they’ll be celebrating and reflecting upon a special milestone. Events such as the Festival of Flavours in 2015 offer an example... Read more

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