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Categories : Notes from our CEO

December 15, 2020

The holidays are quickly approaching and although we can’t be together physically over the coming weeks, the spirit of the season remains strong in our hearts and in our homes.

No one could have foreseen the significant obstacles we have faced during the better part of 2020, however with challenging times come opportunities to rise above and make a positive impact. I am awed by our heroic employees who have proven their unwavering commitment time and time again. Courage, empathy, and perseverance are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think about our dedicated staff. Thanks to each of you for your invaluable contributions, for helping to keep our residents safe, and for continuing to make a positive difference. You truly embody what it means to be #ChartwellStrong and I know that no matter what 2021 holds, we will all overcome it, together.

Throughout this season, and as we move into the new year, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone at Chartwell – residents, staff, family members, and friends – a very happy holiday season. I wish you all moments of joy amid the challenging times, connections with family and friends even if they are not in person, and the warmth of memories from holidays past.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year.

Chartwell Experience:

Residents of Chartwell Rockcliffe Retirement Residence posing for a Christmas photo

Recognizing that Christmas is going to look different for residents this year, Chartwell Rockcliffe's General Manager Sean and Lifestyle and Programs Manager Alexis decided to whip together a Holiday Portraits studio. The two put together a beautiful backdrop, while Sean took all the photos and Alexis made sure the entire event went off without a hitch. The pictures were a huge hit, and residents' families were thrilled to receive a memorable holiday photo from their loved ones.

A Worthy Read:

Usually the holiday season allows us some time for rest and reflection. As I was thinking about a good book to do this with, one title came to mind: “How will you measure your life?” by Clayton Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon.

Clayton Christensen, who passed away this year, was a renowned academic and business consultant who, through his teaching and his life experiences, had a profound impact on generations of business leaders. I was fortunate enough to attend one of his classes in 2017.

I hope this book will encourage you to think again and perhaps differently about important things in your life and the ultimate importance of upholding personal values in all circumstances.

Vlad Volodarski
Chief Executive Officer