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Laverne and Shirley

Every afternoon at 3:30 Residents make their way to the garden at Sun Pointe Village to spend time with Laverne and Shirley - two red hens with attitude. These cherished pets are part of the Hen Therapy Program that was initiated at Village at Mill Creek. The program provides many benefits: it improves wellbeing, reduces depression and promotes outdoor activities. It also provides our Team with professional development opportunities and new skill sets.

Summer Newsletter | 2018

Our newsletter celebrates community this Summer. Our Residents have participated in a variety of activities showing great compassion and team spirit.

Summer is a busy season - be sure to read our newsletter to find out everything that has been happening in our communities. Hallmark invited the community to a classic car show and Teams in Kelowna distributed living salads to community members in need - it's Summer at Baptist Housing and we have so much to be thankful for. Don't miss out on the Golden Award news!

Golden Star Award Winner!

The BC Retired Teachers' Association Excellence in Public Education Committee met in April to perform the challenging task of adjudicating the applications for the 2018 Golden Star Awards. The Senior Buddies program that takes place at Sun Pointe Village in Kelowna was nominated by Ms. Suanne Miles a South Rutland Elementary School teacher.

The Committee looked for applications that particularly developed rich and transforming relationships between students and seniors in their communities and the Senior Buddies Program won!

Fishy Business

The Peachland Sportsmen's Association assisted our Residents at Village at Smith Creek with fishing at Shannon Lake, Kelowna. This is an amazing program utilized by many in the community.

At this time of year Shannon Lake is stocked and many visitors have an opportunity to catch a fish. Our Residents were not disappointed as they reeled in their lines and had the opportunity to hold their fish - if they so desired.

House boating on The Shuswaps | Author Series

One summer, after reading a brochure on houseboats in the Okanagan, my husband decreed that was to be our holiday for the year. What he failed to realize was that, while the brochure showed adults lounging on the deck and sipping drinks, our passengers would be quite different. They would consist of six children between the ages of 14 months and 11 years. However, being the obliging help-mate that I was, I acquiesced and started packing for six children and myself. (I refused to take the dog). My better half managed to get his own things packed and made it to the station wagon.

Canada, The New Gateway | Author Series

Mother, for me, exemplifies bringing the best of human nature to the building of Canada as a nation. She was a real caregiver. Born in the lovely county of Shropshire England, she left school for family duties at age thirteen. Then in her twenties, around 1910, she accompanied her widowed father and brother to immigrate to Canada; making a home farming in Saskatchewan. Later when her father remarried she took up nursing at Winnipeg General Hospital, graduating in 1916. Then she explored the west as far as she could, and worked as a nurse for a while in Banff.

Community Gardens

It's finally here! Warmer weather, longer days and a great excuse to spend time outside. It's also a time to start thinking about planting summer gardens. Why not try something new this year and join a community garden? Many of our Baptist Housing Communities feature thriving raised garden beds or container gardens that are available for our Residents to use. We reap the nutritional benefits of homegrown fresh produce all summer long, we also have the opportunity to connect and engage with our community. Who knows, the Baptist Housing community garden may even become the talk of the town!

Clone of Centenarians

Centenarian Club

At Baptist Housing Centenarians hold a special place in our heart. They inspire us to value each other and treat every day as a gift. We had the opportunity to interview Centenarians across several Baptist Housing residences. Our in-house Celebrities have shared their heroes and childhood memories. They may also have given us clues to a long life... 

Meet some of the Centenarians we have had the pleasure of getting to know:

Canada | Author Series

My Father and Mother, each came to Canada from different countries when they were about the same age. They landed in Canada, met each other, married and soon had three children; 2 girls and a boy. Dad and his brothers wanted to move to Vancouver Island. Mother agreed to a move along with Dad's brothers who seemed ready to go as well. So time goes by, and father began to get ready to move and Mother worked on getting the children ready to go. Everyone continued to count the time till they would move to a new city with new people.

7 Hydration Tips for Seniors

Warmer weather is approaching and it's a good time to start thinking about hydration. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, which is a pretty big clue that liquids play a significant role in keeping us functioning well and feeling healthy.