Some of Marion’s fondest memories involve dancing, and at 94 years old, the Chartwell Pickering City Centre resident hasn’t lost her love for it. When Marion entered her name into her residence’s Moments that Matter box—a program which encourages residents to express a special moment they’ve been dreaming about and let staff help to make it a reality—her one request was to dance with a man again. Staff took note and began to formulate a plan to fulfill Marion’s wish at their upcoming Annual Seniors Prom event.

“We knew this year’s prom would be made even more special with the chance to make this Moment come true for Marion,” says Kelly Verboom, Sales Consultant at Chartwell Pickering City Centre.

Pickering City Centre Blog 3 - CopyFeaturing a fabulous ‘Great Gatsby’ theme, residents and guests alike were excited to don fedoras, pearls and feather boas for the 20s-inspired prom. To make the day even more memorable for Marion, staff arranged a hair appointment and special outfit for her.

On June 9th, just before the event kicked off, Marion’s special dance partner arrived—and it was none other than Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan! “Ashley, our Lifestyle & Program Manager, and I were at a City of Pickering event, and while we were there we chatted with some people about Chartwell’s partnership with Wish of a Lifetime Canada and our Moments That Matter program. When we mentioned Marion’s wish, they mentioned that the mayor is an excellent dancer,” Kelly explains. “We were so excited when he agreed to attend our prom and help fulfill her Moment.”

In addition to agreeing to be Marion’s dance partner for the evening, the mayor also presented her with a beautiful corsage. Surrounded by photographers, friends and staff, the two shared the evening’s first dance to Marion’s wedding song, “What a Wonderful World.”

“It was so beautiful to see Marion’s moment come true,” recalls Kelly. “The way her face lit up during the dance said it all.”Pickering City Centre Blog 4

The prom was a roaring success overall, with awards given out for the year’s King and Queen, as well as awards for Best Dressed. Volunteers from the Junior A Pickering Panthers hockey team were also on site to serve cocktails in the lounge and even share a few dances with some of the residents. Fun was had by all, especially Marion, who was thrilled to dance with Mayor Ryan and have her Moment fulfilled.