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An Unbreakable Spirit

May 15, 2018

In war or peace, Joyce Schmalz is someone you can rely on. When she saw confusion and inequality affecting seniors, Joyce co-founded what is now Seniors First BC.

One woman & 500 Toques for the Homeless

April 25, 2018
Daisy may be 90 years old, but that hasn’t stopped her from crocheting 500 toques and donating them to the Salvation Army.

More than a Volunteer, Jeannie is a Friend

April 17, 2018
Jeannie, a volunteer at Cherry Park, has been reading with Valmai for a year. Somewhere between the pages of a book they became close friends.

140 pots before Christmas

March 21, 2018
Clay and pottery have always been in Jane’s life. Today, she uses her love of clay to spread joy and help fill empty bellies.

Helping the voices be heard

March 5, 2018
Jane Pristach is the executive director of Norfinch Care Community and winner of the 2017 Ontario Senior Achievement Award.

Written in the Stardust

February 27, 2018
Music has been with Audrey since she was a young girl. Now, she shares her gifts with everyone at Island Park, where she lives.

An artist in the rough

February 19, 2018
From living with a fugitive while mining uranium, to crafting decorative swords and knives, there is no denying Bob’s led an interesting life.

Connecting the puzzle pieces

February 14, 2018
Paul Juhlke, environmental services manager at Lincoln Park Retirement Residence, has been using his woodworking skills to forge connections between residents.

The Titanic Survivor

January 23, 2018
Residents at Trillium and Rosewood retirement residences enjoyed a spectacular presentation by the descendant of a Titanic survivor.

100 Years, 7,000 Kilometres, 1 War

January 17, 2018
100-year-old Donato grew up in the Italian countryside, where he worked making charcoal, picking olives, found love, and went to war.

The Sienna Summer Games

January 8, 2018
Together, anything is possible. Five communities came together for the Sienna Summer Games, which raised money for local seniors in need.

A farmer’s life for me

January 1, 2018

Residents and team members at St. George Care Community took a mini vacation, getting some fresh night air on a farm.

Life at Sienna in 2017

December 25, 2017
What was life at Sienna like in 2017? It was full of laughter, warmth, and possibility. Look inside to see some of the highlights.

From server to recreation: a chalking tale

December 20, 2017

As a dining room server, Charity didn’t think her love of art would be appreciated, but what started as chalk doodles on a menu board sprouted into a new position

Capturing the sun, the wind, and the stars

December 12, 2017
83-year-old Marilyn thought she would never paint again, but now she’s teaching classes to fellow residents at Silverthorn Care Community.

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