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RESIDENT PROFILE Resident of the Year MARY HEWITSON CHARTWELL CARRINGTON PLACE, VERNON, BC Every year, the British Columbia Seniors Living Association (BCSLA) presents an award to one deserving resident of a BCSLA member residence. Nominees typically help to inspire their fellow residents, promote community involvement and make valuable contributions to the overall quality of life at their residence. We are thrilled to announce that this year, Mary Hewitson, resident at Chartwell Carrington Place, was honoured to take home the prestigious award. Mary’s journey at Chartwell Carrington Place in Vernon, BC began in August of 2014. Though she was unfamiliar with the area, her outgoing personality helped her quickly adapt to her new surroundings. Before long, she found herself getting involved in many of the residence’s various programs, including the Java Music Club, Gardening Club and the Ambassador Club, where she assisted in helping new residents with their orientation, encouraging them to join programs and participate in what the residence has to offer. “It’s a wonderful privilege to have all of the amenities and programs avail- able for everyone,” says Mary. “I want to make sure my fellow residents are getting the best out of their retirement.” monthly birthday parties for residents. For these reasons and more, Darlene Croft, Lifestyle and Program Manager at Chartwell Carrington Place, knew Mary would be the perfect candidate for the award. “When I received the nomination information and criteria, Mary immediately came to mind,” explains Darlene. “I felt she deserved to be recognized for everything she does to help residents and staff here.” “I felt very honoured to be nominated and to receive the award at such a beautiful venue” -Mary Hewitson Mary became a member of the Chartwell Carrington Place Resident Council, and if that wasn’t enough, she also volunteers to help celebrate Upon hearing about her nomination, Mary was absolutely thrilled, as this was the first time she’s ever been nominated for an award. She was even more elated to accept the award at the BCSLA’s Annual Conference in Whistler, BC. “I felt very honoured to be nominated and to receive the award at such a beautiful venue,” says Mary, who attended the ceremony with her son. “It was exciting and a bit nerve-racking, but I was treated like a Queen.” Congratulations, Mary, on behalf of Chartwell Retirement Residences for your tremendous efforts. You are a true inspiration and have gone above and beyond to help make people’s lives better in your residence and community. CHARTWELL.COM 2