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June 15, 2021
Chartwell Renaissance's residents spent the day relaxing by a beautiful lake

Now that the weather is warming up and summer is on its way, many of our residents have taken advantage of being outdoors, soaking up the sun, exploring nature and enjoying each other’s company. At Chartwell Renaissance in Langley, B.C., residents spent the day relaxing by a beautiful lake, an outing they waited nearly a year and a half to take. And at Chartwell Birchwood in Chilliwack, B.C., staff organized an outdoor dance class for residents through a local dance company called “Project Dance.” A bag piper stopped by Chartwell Collegiate Heights in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to perform for residents outdoors and at Chartwell Tiffin in Midland, Ontario, residents pitched in for the planet by helping staff clean up the grounds and plant a tree.

For me, spending time outdoors, especially on a nice day, is the best way to refocus and recharge. Lately, I have been doing quite a bit of biking, both with family and friends and alone, finding new roads and exploring new trails, most recently in Prince Edward County. I hope you will find your own ways to pause, reflect and reenergize regularly. At Chartwell, we encourage our employees to take care of themselves and put their mental well-being top of mind, which is why we created a Mental Health and Wellness Committee focused on supporting our employees through various initiatives, resources, and education. There is nothing more important than waking up in the morning and feeling optimistic about the day ahead. If you or a loved one may need additional help, there is a wealth of information and services available, including on this Government of Canada site.


Chartwell Waterford's residents had a blast decorating rainbow rocks for their outdoor courtyard

June is Pride month in Canada, a time where we celebrate diversity and LGBTQ communities, acknowledge their history, hardships, and progress. While events across the country look a little bit different again this year due to the pandemic, our residences are still finding fun ways to celebrate. At Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence in Oakville, Ontario, residents from the Memory Living floor had a blast decorating rainbow rocks for their outdoor courtyard. Thanks to the Lifestyle and Programs team, they discussed the importance of inclusivity, accepting others for who they are, and ensuring everyone feels welcome in their community. At Chartwell Whispering Pines in Barrie, Ontario, the residence was proud to once again collaborate with Barrie Pride, a group dedicated to promoting equity, inclusion, and acceptance for all LGBTQ2+. And for those who viewed our recent post on Facebook, I’d like to thank Michael, Registered Nurse at Chartwell Waterford Long Term Care Residence for sharing his story: “Pride is a big word for me, meaning celebrating our own unique identity. In my work environment, they support the values that I stand for and their acceptance made me feel comfortable working here. As they say, respect gets respect. When you respect a person, you get respect too, and based on that foundation you are working together as one, without any barriers. As for my residents, they do not see me as my gender identification. They see me as a professional working with them to improve their quality of life.”

The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be on the decline across Canada and the number of new cases are projected to keep dropping and various restrictions are beginning to lift. We are pleased to see that the combination of restrictions and the growing number of vaccinatinons is proving to be effective in limiting the spread. There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, we are encouraging everyone to continue to follow all provincial and local Public Health directives to ensure we remain on this path. Still, with only 8.5% of the Canadian population being fully vaccinated, the rise in new virus variants, and Father’s Day approaching this weekend, I urge everyone to be mindful of the guidelines and to continue practicing proper infection prevention and control measures, including masking, hand hygience and social distancing, wherever posisble. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation, and for staying #ChartwellStrong!

The Chartwell Experience

Chartwell Cité-Jardin celebrated Simone's 100th birthday

Chartwell Cité-Jardin Retirement Residence in Gatineau, Quebec recently celebrated the 100th birthday of one of its longtime residents, Simone. The celebration was going to take place in the outdoor courtyard, but sadly the weather did not agree, and staff quickly came up with a new plan to ensure the day was memorable. Alexandre, the home’s new Food Services Manager, along with his dedicated team, prepared and served delicious dishes from the Bistro Le Jardin menu. They also beautifully decorated a melon with the magic number 100 engraved into it to mark the special occasion. Flowers, gifts, cake, and even an honourary Chartwell Centennial Certificate was presented to Simone. Thank you to our incredible employees who always go the extra mile for our residents.

A Worthy Read

"Maybe You Should Talk to Someone - A Therapist, HER Therapist and Our Lives Revealed" by Lori Gottlieb.

This highly personal, emotional, and humorous book written by a professional psychotherapist, acclaimed writer, and public speaker, provides a vivid behind-the-scenes look at therapy. In addition to sharing her personal stories, the author also shares the impactful stories of some of her patients, including a Hollywood producer with a rough personality who struggles with the guilt from the death of his son in a car accident, to a senior citizen living alone after four marriages, unable to reach out to her long-estranged children and to open-up to her new friend, to a newlywed diagnosed with a terminal cancer finding ways to live to the fullest the remaining days of her life. I am sure all those interested in humankind will have a hard time putting this book down.

Vlad Volodarski
Chief Executive Officer