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The annual Innovation Summit draws villagers of all stripes together to share ideas and look to the future of healthy aging. 
July 4, 2019
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A culture of innovation thrives within Schlegel Villages and its many valued partnerships – a culture that was once again showcased when villagers, RIA researchers and community partners gathered for the 5th annual Innovation Summit in mid-June. Hosted by The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for... Read more
John and Patricia's friendship took on new meaning when they discovered their shared Slovakian heritiage. 
July 2, 2019
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In the heat of midsummer as people deck themselves in red and white to celebrate the true north strong and free, it’s worth reflecting on the things that make Canada great. Among so many traits, diversity is often cited as an attribute worthy of admiration within the broad Canadian diaspora, as it... Read more
Four Chefs representing The Ruby from their respective  Village squared off in an Iron Chef Challenge.
June 27, 2019
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In early June as people from across Schlegel Villages came together for the Pursuit of Passions event centred around a love of food and drink, an elite group of chefs awaited their moment to shine. While residents, team members, families and guests toured Bingeman’s Marshall Hall in Kitchener... Read more
Team members and residents were thrilled to show their pride in inclusion at Winston Park.
June 25, 2019
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A rainbow flag the size a hand displayed upon a door may seem a small thing, but to a person who struggles for acceptance within their family or their society because of their sexual orientation, that flag is a symbol of inclusion. It lets a person know they may enter and be welcomed into a home... Read more
June 19, 2019
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When Warren Maybee ventured into the skies above the Waterloo region on a cool day in late April, his greatest dream to fly again was realized amid the clouds. He has always loved the beauty of flight, and that love has never faded over time. Warren in "the golden age of flight" for a young pilot... Read more
John together with the RIA's Sian Lockwood at the Curiosity  Fair, hosted along Main Street in the Village at University Gates
June 7, 2019
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In his younger days when John Mitrik was still in high school, he was a fan of the sciences. He enjoyed learning through experimentation and watching concepts he might read about unfold before his eyes. John together with the RIA's Sian Lockwood at the Curiosity Fair, hosted along Main Street in... Read more
It may seem like small things, but the lovely food and drink spread throughout the Bingeman’s Conference Hall in Kitchener this day represent the wealth of knowledge and wisdom held in the minds and hearts of the elders of our communities. Residents, loved ones, team members and volunteers from 18 villages gather together in the collective love of food and fellowship to share their memories and stories with friends old and new.
June 6, 2019
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The sign at the table says “Piccoli’s Pizza;” tucked behind it is Aldo Piccoli, his wife Anna and their daughter Franca, while spread out across the dark tablecloth are two versions of the gift they’ve created for today’s Pursuit of Passions event. “We make a lotta’ pizza,” Aldo says, his Italian... Read more
The Right Honourable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada, and Ron Schlegel have been close for many years. They share stories and laughter upon the #ElderWisdom bench on a late spring afternoon in Guelph.
May 31, 2019
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On a sunny afternoon at the end of May, two old friends sit upon a green bench in a park-like setting in the city of Guelph. They are busy men in their senior years and it’s been some time since they’ve shared time and space together, though their conversation flows as freely as if no time has... Read more
May 28, 2019
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Earlier this year, two team members at Waterloo’s Pinehaven Nursing Home took it upon themselves to organize a palliative care committee. In recent years, older views on long-term care support have given way to a much more person-centred approach in the home, and the enrichment of end-of life care... Read more
Susan Wilson and Betty Findlay soaking up a bit of sun  during a visit to Camp Schlegel at Shady Pines.
May 22, 2019
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Kathy says the best parts of her trip to Camp Schlegel at Shady Pines in the early fall of 2018 were the trails that wound through the campground and the roaring bonfire, complete with camp songs led by the camp’s manager, Bernie Burnett. Susan Wilson and Betty Findlay soaking up a bit of sun... Read more

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