Orlando Delano

Betty Argatow has volunteered for many volunteer organizations.

Volunteering for a good cause in the Alberni Valley

Betty Argotow reflects on a life spent volunteering in Port Alberni.

Betty Argatow has volunteered for many volunteer organizations.
Volunteers from Heritage Place gather for a team photo.

Volunteers get involved to stay connected: study

Volunteer spirit is strong in the Alberni Valley, says Deb Walton, Heritage Place Program Coordinator.

Volunteers from Heritage Place gather for a team photo.
A band plays at Abbeyfield.

Celebrate our volunteers on April 16

Between April 10 and 16, Canadians across the country will celebrate National Volunteer Week

A band plays at Abbeyfield.
At 94 years old, Elsie Reynolds is Heritage Place’s oldest tenant.

The oldest tenant at Heritage Place

Elsie Reynolds is now the oldest resident at Heritage Place.

At 94 years old, Elsie Reynolds is Heritage Place’s oldest tenant.
Efren Duran Encalada designed and created the mosaic on the Cathedral of Osorno,  pictured below.

Chilean artist delighted by Alberni

Efren Duran Encalada, an artist from South America, spent several weeks in Port Alberni last summer visiting members of his family.

Efren Duran Encalada designed and created the mosaic on the Cathedral of Osorno,  pictured below.

Seniors hold fond memories of Christmases past

Christmases past are so different than Christmases present, however the spirit of the holiday lives on.

Memories of Christmases past kept alive

Memories of Christmases past kept alive

hroughout the years, the celebration of Christmas have changed, and so has our society too, but there is no doubt that the spirit remains.

Memories of Christmases past kept alive
Heritage Place resident Doreen Leach as Queen Victoria.

The Royal Lady of Heritage Place

“One of the most enjoyable things I’ve done in my adult life was to portray ‘Queen Victoria’,” says Doreen Leach with a big smile.

Heritage Place resident Doreen Leach as Queen Victoria.
Terry Brown, centre, sits with daughters Pam and Cindy.

The importance of family support

Seniors who stay involved in the lives of friends and family fare better than those who do not.

Terry Brown, centre, sits with daughters Pam and Cindy.
Bob Hudson plays the piano at Abbeyfield House with Betty Cartlidge at their regular musical Fridays session.

Bob Hudson makes music and memories

Bob Hudson was born to play music.

Bob Hudson plays the piano at Abbeyfield House with Betty Cartlidge at their regular musical Fridays session.
Sylvia Springer takes a moment’s rest at Abbeyfield.

Celebrating one of Abbeyfield’s best

No doubt that this community has benefited enormously from Sylvia Springer’s dedication to serve it with love.

Sylvia Springer takes a moment’s rest at Abbeyfield.
Betty Cartlidge, left, receives a certificate from Abbeyfield resident Bertha Levesque at Cartlidge’s farewell event.

Abbeyfield celebrates retiring employee

One of the important changes that Abbeyfield experienced by the end of the year was the farewell to Betty Cartlidge.

Betty Cartlidge, left, receives a certificate from Abbeyfield resident Bertha Levesque at Cartlidge’s farewell event.

Something’s always happening at Echo Village

Echo Village is a busy place throughout the year, and residents have the staff and volunteers who put on many events to thank for it.

Abbeyfield board member Marlene Dietrich enjoys refreshments at a holiday gathering at Abbeyfield House at the end of December.

Abbeyfield wraps up year with a party

All around the various senior homes in the Alberni Valley the celebration of Christmas were enjoyed by the residents/tenants.

Abbeyfield board member Marlene Dietrich enjoys refreshments at a holiday gathering at Abbeyfield House at the end of December.
The Alberni Valley Old Time Fiddlers perform a tune at a local seniors home.

Fiddlers play for the love of music

The Old Time Fiddlers are getting more and more popular in our community and other Island’s areas.

The Alberni Valley Old Time Fiddlers perform a tune at a local seniors home.
Fir Park Village

Life in the village–Fir Park Village–is good

As December approaches, life in the Valley is getting busy and at times hectic. So is the life in Fir Park Village

Fir Park Village
Derek Drewe shows off the Abbeyfield photo quilt.

VALLEY SENIORS: Around the world with Derek Drewe

For the past 22 years, the seniors in the Valley have “traveled around the world” in the comfort of their homes, thanks to Derek Drewe.

Derek Drewe shows off the Abbeyfield photo quilt.
Gerry Fagan has helped hundreds through his volunteering.

‘Mr. Volunteer’ helps hundreds with his efforts

Gerry Fagan has dedicated decades to helping others.

Gerry Fagan has helped hundreds through his volunteering.
Staff member Jeanette Stacey has has worked in the kitchen since 2002, and is an essential part of the organization’s success.

Kitchen staffer cooks up warmth at Abbeyfield

Jeanette Stacey instrumental to Abbeyfield's success in providing a home-like environment to dozens of seniors in the Alberni Valley.

Staff member Jeanette Stacey has has worked in the kitchen since 2002, and is an essential part of the organization’s success.

Seniors home salute volunteers

Valley Seniors is a monthly feature compiled by scribe Orlando Delano, who writes about features in Alberni seniors complexes.

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