Seniors’ month celebrations

As June marked the 30th anniversary of Seniors’ Month in Ontario, Chartwell residences were encouraged to find creative ways to honour and celebrate the knowledge, experience and contributions of their residents. Our Lifestyle and Program Managers worked extra hard to ensure it was a special, one-a-kind month by planning many exciting events, activities and outings.

At Chartwell Queen’s Square, residents were treated to a free day at Doon Pioneer Village, a rustic living-history museum in Kitchener, Ontario, that recreates life in rural Waterloo during the year 1914. Residents enjoyed quaint garden tours, interesting exhibits and galleries, musical entertainment and a country church sing-along—activities that culminated into an unforgettable day that took everyone on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The day was capped off with a delicious BBQ at a famous, long-standing community restaurant where residents and volunteers celebrated an enjoyable day off-site.

At Chartwell Lansing and Chartwell Georgian Traditions, residents celebrated Seniors’ Month with a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium, a new attraction in the heart of downtown Toronto. The largest indoor aquarium in Canada, Ripley’s Aquarium boasts many fascinating exhibits and includes more than 13,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens. While admiring the exhilarating aquatic life in the state-of-the-art facility, residents seemed especially delighted by the stingray exhibit, where they were able to touch the feisty fish.

In true Downton Abbey fashion, Chartwell Bridlewood hosted a regal high tea, where fine china, silver tea services and antique vases were used to create a classic and comfortable ambience. Some residents and staff members even provided their own antique pieces to decorate the space, spurring interesting conversation about the best tea and dinner parties everyone had previously attended.

Other exciting events that took place across Chartwell residences in June include a cozy camp fire night at Chartwell Robert Speck and a tasty trip to the Farmer’s Market for fresh fruits and vegetables with Chartwell Collegiate Heights. To celebrate Seniors’ Week in Alberta and British Columbia, Chartwell Willow hosted a fashion show, clothing sale and pajama Pub Night, while Chartwell Cedarbrooke whisked residents away on a trip to Victoria for two nights and hosted a resident appreciation day filled with music, games, a BBQ and delectable doughnuts to top things off.

From popcorn bars to happy hours, Chartwell residences across Canada did their best to recognize the contributions that seniors have made to their communities, as well as the contributions they continue to make every day.