Thursday, 6 February 2014

Cavell Gardens is hosting a COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR on Saturday March 1st 2014 - 6 Free Seminars!

Cavell Gardens is pleased to be able to offer; in partnership with  the West Side Vancouver Seniors Service Providers, a Community Resource Fair where your questions regarding Older Adult Services can be answered.

In addition to the 6 free seminars we will be offering tours of our establishment throughout the day. Please telephone our Marketing Coordinator, Shai Dharamsi on 604 637 1207  to book your preferred time slot.

We look forward to meeting you then!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

New Year 2014 Greeting from the General Manager

Happy New Year Eveyone!

The start of a New Year always puts a spring in my step; it's the thought of having another blank canvas on which to create a unique experience. Like any masterpiece, we have to splash on a bit of the expected and mundane, but then we have artistic license to add the details and finishing touches – Et Voila, a year to be proud of!

So saying; what did we manage to create in 2013? I look back with a lot of fondness on the fun we have had here at Cavell Gardens. The summer picnic and the Halloween Bash stand out as 2 of my favourites events; but it is more the 'can do' attitude of our staff and residents and the caring community spirit they create that has had the real impact on [most recently] the last 12 months but also over the last 12 years.

During the year, there are always the negative aspects to contend with; we lose close friends and loved ones and experience illness; such events only tend to pull us into an even tighter unit here at Cavell Gardens. It never ceases to amaze me how caring our residents all are of each other. It adds to the ambiance and you’d be surprised on how often visitors comment on this and how it often sways their decision to choose us as their new residence.  

2014 sees Cavell Gardens celebrate it's 12th year. After their tireless input and dedication; our Founders John & Shirley Svoboda  are starting the process of stepping back from the day to day running of the business to make way for the next generation of Svoboda's to take up the reigns. We will continue to enjoy John & Shirley's regular visits where they take the opportunity to catch up with residents, staff and family members.
Cavell Gardens Founders John & Shirley Svoboda

I end by wishing you Health and Happiness for 2014.

Warmest wishes

Michelle Cunnington
General manager

December 2013

December hit off with 'decking the halls' and every other communal area we could find. Cavell Gardens looked homey and extremely festive as we prepared for the full month ahead.

Team effort!

To mention some of the more cherished moments; There wasn't a dry eye in the house when the ABC Montessori school dropped in to perform for our residents. They are truly an enthusiastic group of entertainers, so confident that you'd think they'd been doing it for years - but aged 3 & 4 they are pretty new to the game to say the least.
Thank you to the parents and staff who make these visits possible each year and most of all to the children for spreading their joy amongst us all. The photos below say it all as do the reactions of our wonderful residents.


Another highlight was the ever-young; Seniors Acting up. This delightful troop of seniors have been part of the Cavell Gardens Christmas program for a number of years. Their light-hearted performances always leave us in stitches but foremost reiterates to both young and old that age is just a number.

Other wonderful memories

Santa's Elves visit (Christmas Eve)

Greek music and dance with Stavos.
Carol singing with one of our resident pianists
songstress Jennifer Lauren; a favourite with our residents

 This is only the tip of the iceberg. A great time was had by all and by January 1st we were all ready to take a step back and a sit down to recover from the festivities.