Latest Village Voice

“The primary responsibility of any organization is education,” says Aspen Lake's Barry Hickling. Education will be a major focus for Barry in his  new role with the Ontario Association of Residents' Councils.
December 5, 2019
- Village Voice
Almost immediately after Barry Hickling moved into his first long-term care home, he took an interest in the idea of residents’ council. Throughout his life, he’s been an advocate supporting neighbours in his community who, for any number of reasons, have a quiet voice when speaking for themselves... Read more
As a dietary aide, Chantal was able to develop more  meaningful connections with residents when a dishwasher in the neighbourhood created efficiencies. Albertina is just one of  many residents Chantal enjoys connecting with at St. Clair. 
December 3, 2019
- Village Voice
Chantal Hurst values efficiency in her work. “I’m a Zoomer,” she says with a laugh. In the past two years as a dietary team member with The Village at St. Clair, she’s figured out how to maximize her time in the meal set-up and clean-up in all the village neighbourhoods, and she is always on the... Read more
George and Barry both speak highly of the community they call home, Pinehaven Nursing Home. 
November 29, 2019
- Village Voice
Barry and George are sitting across from each other in the bright lounge of Pinehaven Nursing Home in Waterloo. They’re waiting patiently for the morning’s service to begin. Though they are from different corners of the world, the opportunity to worship was always important to both of them... Read more
Mary is one of the residents at Aspen Lake who received a personalized poem written by volunteer Sue Marier.
November 27, 2019
- Village Voice
Mary Geauvreau walked into the general store just off Main Street in The Village of Aspen Lake one late autumn day to be greeted by Sue Marier, the new volunteer who’d been running the store for a couple of months. Mary is one of the residents at Aspen Lake who received a personalized poem written... Read more
St. Clair neighbour Leona shares a dance with Jim, the  volunteer who brings a musical dance party to Main Street  every Wednesday. These are the moments The Village  celebrates on its 5th anniversary.
November 22, 2019
- Village Voice
Main Street in The Village at St. Clair smells of popcorn on a random Wednesday at the end of November and music belts out as a small core of residents sing and dance along. People float in and out and the familiar tones seem to spark interest in them all. Some are neighbours (residents) who can’t... Read more
Etta has always been a natural caregiver, and she's proud to help her fellow residents in The Village of Taunton Mills.
November 20, 2019
- Village Voice
Etta Gore is from northern Ontario where Black Spruce and Tamarack trees cover the ancient rock formations of the Canadian Shield. It’s the type of place where one must he somewhat hardened to handle the elements and the distances, while at the same time compassionate and kind, for people look out... Read more
“It’s the relationships that form that matter and companionship is important," says Bev Saynor (right).
November 14, 2019
- Village Voice
Bev Saynor has been on her own for nearly 20 years, yet she still chokes up when she speaks of her husband. He was lost to cancer in 2000 after a four-year struggle, but Bev managed to carry on – it’s simply what must be done. She lived in a condo in Mississauga’s north end for a number of years... Read more
Resident veterans of Taunton Mills, like so many across the  organization, were proud to mark Remembrance Day Nov. 11.
November 12, 2019
- Village Voice
Town Halls and Squares and gathering spaces on every neighbourhood of The Villages were transformed into sacred sites of Remembrance on Nov. 11, just as cities and towns across Canada stood silent to honour the selfless service of hundreds of thousands of Canadians over the decades. Resident... Read more
A photo of the Passchendaele exhibit at The Canadian War Museum. No veterans of The Great War are alive today, but their efforts will never be forgotten.
November 7, 2019
- Village Voice
Harry Malcomson was an army cook stationed in British Columbia at the end of the Second World War. His specialty was soup, he says, and in the general mess hall he served countless iterations of it to hundreds of soldiers, many of whom were returning home from their time as Prisoners of War in the... Read more
Ruth and Anne both say living at Wentworth Heights  feels like living at home.
November 5, 2019
- Village Voice
Anne Whittle and Ruth Chasty sit together in the lounge off Main Street in The Village Wentworth Heights. Other tables are filled with fellow residents, some sipping pints of beer or steaming mugs of coffee while others clink glasses of white wine. As the two friends chat, another resident sits... Read more