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July 13, 2021
Chartwell Heritage Glen's rooftop concert

It gave me great pleasure to hear about how Chartwell staff and residents celebrated Canada Day, honouring our country and those who contributed so much to building it. At Chartwell Heritage Glen in Mississauga, Ontario, residents and staff participated in Canadian trivia games and had fun pinning the cities and towns they’ve travelled to (or lived in). They capped the day off with a rooftop concert complete with a Canadian medley of music. Staff and residents also took this time to acknowledge and honour the victims and survivors of Canada’s Residential School system. At Chartwell Avondale in Toronto, Ontario, staff and residents held a candle-lighting ceremony with a moment of silence. They also read articles that helped to explain the history of Canada’s Residential School system and were able to reflect and have an open dialogue about how we can do better as a country and learn from our mistakes.

215 orange flags serve as a daily reminder of the Indigenous lives lost and the need for reconciliation

At Chartwell Barton in Newmarket, Ontario, residents and staff placed 215 orange flags along the path to the front door, serving as a daily reminder of the Indigenous lives we lost and the need for reconciliation. I know this Canada Day felt more somber than previous years, but hearing about the thoughtful ways our homes honoured the tragic and darker episodes of Canada’s past gave me great hope and optimism for our future. To read my Canada Day message, please click here.

Chartwell is proud to have joined forces with a national alliance of corporations, organizations, and influential spokespeople dedicated to helping rally Canadians to replace vaccine hesitancy with vaccine confidence. While Canada is leading the way on the vaccine front, a recent Ipsos poll found that nearly 20% of Canadians still need to be convinced to get the vaccine. The #ThisIsOurShot campaign is helping to spread the word about the importance of getting vaccinated so that we can be #TogetherAgain and put an end to the pandemic. Please help us to support this important initiative by sharing, liking, and spreading the word within your own networks of friends and family. This campaign allows us to arm our employees, residents, family members, and followers with access to factual information about the COVID-19 vaccine and to dispel any myths and misinformation. As a company, we are wholeheartedly committed to lending our voice and platform to this campaign in an effort to encourage those who are able to get vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. We know this will give us the best chance at getting back to a normal way of life and putting the pandemic behind us. I am encouraged to see the decline of COVID-19 cases across the country, as well as the increase in vaccination rates. As of this week, over 70% of Canadians have received their first dose of the vaccine and over 44% are fully vaccinated with two doses. For more information about the #ThisIsOurShot campaign, please click here.

The Chartwell Experience

Chartwell Emerald Hills' LPM organized a visit from the ‘Tims For Good’ Truck

Employees at Chartwell Emerald Hills in Sherwood Park, Alberta, were in for a treat when Lifestyle and Programs Manager Alex organized a visit from the ‘Tims For Good’ Truck. Alex was keen on recognizing the immense contributions of her colleagues and wanted to do something special to brighten their day. The Tim Hortons Coffee Truck serves free coffee and baked goods to those who serve and do good within our communities, and we can’t think of more deserving individuals than our Chartwell employees. Thank you to Alex for organizing such a fun and thoughtful employee appreciation event. And thank you to the staff at Chartwell Emerald Hills for their continued support and dedication.

A Worthy Read

A Man and His Mountain: The Everyman Who Created Kendall-Jackson and Became America's Greatest Wine Entrepreneur by Edward Humes.

A fascinating story of the life and legacy of Jess Jackson, a former police officer, real estate lawyer, and a farmer at heart. Jackson started a small vinery in Sonoma Valley, California as his retirement project, then went on to build it into one of the largest private wine companies in the world spanning four continents. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or not, chances are you have tasted or heard of Kendall Jackson, La Crema, Freemark Abbey, Stonestreet or over thirty other brands that are now part of the Jackson family wine holdings. This book is certainly best enjoyed with a glass of Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley.

Vlad Volodarski
Chief Executive Officer