News from St. Jude's: Fall 2018 - Volume 8 Issue 2

Please Remember To Join Us At The St. Jude's 70th Anniversary Garden Party On September 16th at 
St. John Shaughnessy, Parish Hall
1410 Nanton Ave, Vancouver

Executive Director Announcement

After a very difficult decision I accepted a position with another not-for-profit organization, starting in October. 

It has been a wonderful three and a half years at St. Jude’s.  It is THE BEST Care Home which I have ever worked – and that’s going back since the beginning of my career in 1992.  St. Jude’s is very special place and it’s not just because we are small.  It’s because of our beautiful care aides who provide the most intimate of care for the frailest of folks.  With loving hands they make sure elders feel safe, comfortable and special. The team of nurses at St. Jude’s is exceptional and the best I have ever worked with; both our LPNs and RNs.  I cannot say enough about their level of commitment to our team.   Our three ‘House physicians’ are a group of dedicated experts.  Other Care Homes just do not have the same level of physician support that St. Jude’s is so accustom to.   It’s our recreation, chaplain and rehab staff who really focus in on the suffering caused by loneliness, boredom and helplessness and work to alleviate that suffering though encouraging friendships and purpose.  I’ve said this many times, “St. Jude’s is the only place I have ever worked where I very rarely hear a complaint about food.”  This is with full credit to our cooks and dietary aides who really understand the importance of food in life.  All of this work is supported by our housekeeping, laundry and maintenance staff who keep things running behind the scene.  They are also our friends when our favourite shirt is missing, a cup of tea is spilled and keep our physical house strong around us. 

To our elders and families, thank you for your friendship and support. You are in good hands.  The leadership team – Lynn, Heidi, Kyla and Sue (I’ve been so fortunate to work with you all!) - will continue to make sure our Home is running smoothly as the Board of Directors work find a new Executive Director to continue our mission.

Good bye but not farewell.


Java Mentorship

Java Mentorship is a music based program specifically designed to help Elders overcome social isolation. It promotes friendship, builds self-worth, and truly enriches the lives of all involved. Here is one story of how the Java program works.
Fran and Marie had a lovely visit with Betty in her room.  After introductions Marie read a short story from “Chicken Soup” book.  Marie paused to discuss what she had read throughout the story.  After Marie finished the story, Fran showed Betty a beautiful picture of a child pouting. 
Betty smiled and laughed at the pouting child.  Fran sat on the edge of Betty’s bed, and took hold of Betty’s hand.  The two of them continued to chat and laugh about the picture.  I asked Marie, Fran and Betty if they would like to sing a song. We all sang “Kumbaya” and” Que Sera Sera” together.  After saying our Good byes to Betty. Marie thanked me for asking her to be part of The Java Mentorship.  She said she feels honoured to be able to help others.

Nadine “Recreation”


“Be Well – Be Safe”

Medical Pharmacies Resident and Family September Newsletter's topic of the month is Fall Prevention. Be safe while keeping active.


Monday October 8th
Main Floor @ 12:15 pm
2nd floor @ 12 noon

Please join us for a delicious feast on Thanksgiving. We invite you to sample out traditional Thanksgiving Turkey with all the trimmings, as you and your loved one share with us our gratitude for all the blessings of the last year. Please sign up before October 3rd with a maximum of 3 people per resident. $10 each guest. We hope to see you then.


Jingle Bell Café


The annual bake and craft sale will be held on Saturday December 1st this year.

Every year the Main Floor Dining Room is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, with delectable baked goods, unique handmade items and fresh brewed coffee for sale.

All monies raised from this event will go towards a special project that benefits the residents.

Sign-up sheets for the bakers and crafters will be posted soon. Please join us at the Jingle Bell Cafe on Saturday December 1st from 2:30 to 4:00.  Your support as always is appreciated.


Fundraising Campaign


2017/2018 Campaign


Interview with Gwyn

Gwynedd Bartram (nee Lloyd) moved to St.Jude’s Anglican Home in November 2011. She is our longest staying resident on the second floor. For almost 7 years, we have had the pleasure of enjoying her beautiful smile. But not everyone knows enough about  the very fulfilling life of this incredible lady.
Gwyn was born as the youngest and only girl of four children. Since a young age, she was active in the choir, captain of her field hockey team, and a participant in Girl Guides. Her love for music remained and in later years, she was part of group that met weekly for fine choral music under the direction of Nicholas Goldschmidt (Canadian conductor).
After finishing her studies at Victoria College, she accepted employment at UBC as a Technician-Photographer.
All her life she was very active. She spent her free time hiking, sewing, knitting, skiing, dancing. Gwyn was very capable in dancing Jive, Samba and Rumba. Unfortunately, in 1954 while skiing, she broke her left leg and it never repaired properly. It did not stop her, and she continued in active living. She camped all over North America. Gwyn always had an axe to chop firewood for camp fire.
Gwyn was an avid photographer and spent many years travelling the world taking photos. She visited Tunisia, Thailand, South Africa, Spain, England, Jamaica, Cuba, just to name a few countries. 
In 1979 Gwyn married Douglas Bartram. He passes away in 1990.
After she retired, Gwyn continued “working” as a volunteer at Brock House Society, actively organizing and playing in bridge tournaments, helping in food service and summer sales. She was part of the Varsity Outdoor Club old timers’ group, going for hikes to Black Mountain, Cabin Lake and also to Cypress Bowl.
She preferred to be outdoors, travelling, camping, and could always be seen in front of her house raking leaves in the Fall.
This information was   provided by Gwyn’s niece   Brenda Lloyd, who lived in   side-by-side duplex for 26   years prior to Gwyn’s   moving in to St. Jude’s   Anglican Home. Brenda   recalls visiting Gwyn’s   mother Margaret Lloyd, who   briefly stayed at St. Jude’s   before the building was  renovated.

  Lucia Matthews - Rehabilitation
A Note from Recreation

Hello everyone, it’s time to get back into our fall routines. A group of crafters have been having fun preparing for St. Jude’s 70th Birthday Celebration being held on Sunday September 16th. We sure hope you are able to come out and see our amazing one of a kind Fascinator hats. Another September event worth noting is our pub social 2:30 Friday September 21st with Pancho & Sal. We have a lot of fun and remember family and friends always welcome. No one wants to think about Christmas but I just want to send out a reminder that our Jingle Bell Café will be held at the end of November. Some of our Elders have been working all year sewing shopping bags, gift bags, making memory boxes, and of course if you were at our last year sale you have seen our selection of one of a kind Christmas crafts. Like Last year we will have a Christmas tree full of homemade ornaments and crafts, all proceeds going directly to St. Jude’s recreation fund.
Once again I am turning to our faithful friends for a volunteer shout out, we have a lot of specific jobs that need to filled, everything from Java Mentorship, calling Bingo, craft groups, sewing, musical contributions,  I’m sure we have something to suit any squedule and interest. With the school year approaching volunteer work is a great opportunity for students to explore their options, gain work experience and build a good resume, please direct anyone interested to Mara in Recreation.
Finally we are asking for donations of magazines like Hello, or any food or nature magazines that have large and colourful photos. 
As always thank you to all our Volunteers, family, friends and staff for making St. Jude’s a better place.  

- Mara Morgan, Recreation & Volunteer Coordinator
St Jude's Board Wants You

St. Judge's is actively looking for new board members to fill several recent vacancies. We are interested in board members with experience in the areas of fundraising, accounting and general management. Interested and would like more details? Please contact Jim Longman, President of the Board at
Jim Longman - President Board of Directors

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