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Bertha Holtby, better known as “Birdie” to friends and family, has been a resident of Chartwell Southwind for the past 16 years, and is likely one of the first people you’ll meet if you choose to call the retirement residence home.
Taking the leap by moving into a retirement residence can be challenging for some seniors—and understandably so. Fear of the unknown is common, but this important step can also be full of wonderful surprises. This was the case for Chartwell Cité-Jardin resident Ella Danis.
The year is 1938 in Brantford, Ontario. Children from grades two through eight play in their wool school clothes, re-arranging desks in their one-room schoolhouse, kept warm by the cozy basement furnace. A shared learning space, Tranquility School was a hub for the community too, hosting bridge games, square dancing and fairs in the summer. It was a place where everyone knew each other, and community meant family.
Cécile Alexandre, 89, was a mother first and foremost, but also a hard worker, a pioneer and a symbol of female empowerment. Sadly, this exceptional woman, who was a resident at Chartwell Oasis-St-Jean in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu from 2013 to 2021, recently passed away. In honour of her memory, we wish to pay tribute to her incredible strength and compassion, which continues to inspire us.
I celebrate Black History Month because I am proud to know that we have such an impact on this world that we live in; the vast array of Black women and men that have paved the way for us to be where we are today. We are gaining recognition for what we do instead of what we look like. This is so monumental that we are not just looked upon as a black man or a black woman. We are looked upon as an individual. An individual who has done things to contribute to society.
Maria Styranka knows all about resilience. The dynamic 99-year-old resident of Chartwell Grenadier escaped Communism in her native Ukraine at the end of the Second World War, undertaking an arduous global journey that eventually led her and her family to Toronto.
Recently, Chartwell’s CEO, Vlad Volodarski, was asked to be a guest on episode eight of Seniors Junction, a podcast discussing social isolation among older adults.
It is disappointing to see the Toronto Star publish, once again, an inaccurate and uninformed opinion piece.
“It was like opening a door that I didn’t know was there. I feel like it’s brought the best out of me.”
Chartwell Retirement Residences is proudly supporting Canadian Veterans and their families this Remembrance Day with a $25,000 donation to the Legion National Foundation
Kitty Chong, 85, grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, moving to Canada in 1972 with her husband and three children.
The National’s June 13th story by Terence McKenna was a highly subjective portrayal of the COVID-19 situation in Canadian long term care (LTC) and included many unsubstantiated and misleading comparisons, conclusions and comments, and omissions of important facts.

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