News from St. Jude's: Fall 2017 - Volume 7 Issue 3

Retired? Not Quite!

When I retired two years ago, I never thought that I would be back in my old position, but when the call came to help out I did not hesitate. For 2 and a half months I have been back in my old chair at the reception desk, surprising residents’ families who remember me and reconnecting with the staff.

Since my retirement, I have been volunteering on the Fundraising Committee, helping to plan events, such as our theatre night last March and the Annual Jingle Bell Café. I do this because St Jude’s is near and dear to my heart and I want to help raise funds for the projects that our aging home needs. I know that 100% of the funds donated are used for the projects as there are no administrative costs.

It has been a joy to be back at St Jude’s, working alongside an amazing management team – Michele, Heidi, Susan and Lynn. I have been welcomed with open arms and appreciate the opportunity to work with this team. I am handing over the reins to Kyla, who started with us on August 14th and will be flying solo the 1st week of September as I am re-retiring, but I will see you all at the fundraising events.

- Sandey Berry, "Re-retired" Staff, Soon-to-be Board Member, and Supporter of the Fundraising Committee

Our Special Tuck Shop Volunteers

August 29th 2017 marked and end of an era.  After 25 years, Peggy and her partner Donna (14 years together volunteering!) had their last day running our Tuck Shop.

I asked Peggy about her best memories …

At the Volunteer Appreciate event held over the summer Peggy shared a story about a crotchety old fellow.  He moved into St. Jude’s but didn’t really ‘fit in’ with the crowd.  He was, let’s just say, less refined then some of his fellow residents.  But, Peggy reached out to him and formed a friendship.  She did little favours for him one of which was beyond the normal call of duty.  He had a sticky zipper on his pants which he tried to resolve by taking butter from the dining room. Peggy was kind enough to take his pants home regularly and try to get the grease stains out for him.

In her words,

"I think of the best memories as the warmth we were always greeted with and continues to this day.  Just how I was greeted today.  Volunteering is great. It really is. You know you are doing something to help but it gives back 10 times.  The connection (with the people here) was always good… with the staff, the residents. It’s been a happy experience in my life.  I hate it to come to an end but as they say, all good things must come to an end".

What's New in Elder Care

Recently Jason Lesage, executive director of the Queen’s Park Healthcare Foundation, wrote an opinion editorial piece titled, "Philanthropists should pay more attention to seniors". We invite you to read it!


Monday October 9th
Main Floor @ 12:15 pm
2nd floor @ 12 noon

Please join us for a delicious feast on Thanksgiving. We invite you to sample the chef’s extraordinary Apple Cider 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 a maximum of 2 people per resident for $10 each. We hope to see you then.

Jingle Bell Café

November 27th from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m in the Main Floor Dining area.

Mouth watering home baking, fresh brewed coffee and hand-made crafts available for sale.
Each year we choose a worthy project to fundraise for through the Jingle Bell Café.  This year, the monies raised will go towards a towel warmer for the main floor bathing room.      

We hope to see you all there. Thank you for your support!


Fundraising Campaign

2017/2018 Campaign

My sincere thanks to Peggy and Donna as well as Cora (stepping in to cover vacations and absences whenever needed) and Elaine (the brilliant shopper) and all the other volunteers over the years. You have given so many hours to St. Jude’s. This time was filled with kindness, laughter and generosity.  You leave St. Jude’s a better place and your legacy of giving will not be forgotten.

- Michele Cook, Executive Director

Celebrating Our Milestones

At St. Jude’s we are fortunate to have an incredible team that strives to create a warm, safe and homey environment for our residents. As such we like to take the time to recognize our staff for their service each year, where we recognize the long service of many of our team. This year we are honouring 5 staff members whose combined years of service at St Jude’s is 110 years. On September 20, 2017 in the Main Floor Dining Room, we traded stories and showed our gratitude as we thanked our team members who have reached a milestone in their professional life this year. Thank you Winston, Marietta, Leung, Nataliya and Lilian for all of your hard work!

- Kyla Kaun, Staffing Coordinator


A Note from Recreation

Here we are in September already! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I know we did, being able to spend so much time outside; ice cream socials on the patio and getting to know each other is always a treat. We had the UBC Chamber Choir in for a concert, but for our Elders the highlight would have to be when family - especially grandkids - came in to perform. Thank you to all our Family and Friends for making St. Jude’s a special place.

- Mara Morgan, Recreation & Volunteer Coordinator
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