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Congratulations to PWL Stettler
on Five Year Anniversary

July 19th, 2018

Points West Living Stettler was in full party mode for its recent fifth anniversary celebration. There were streamers, balloons, cakes, and gifts. Care partners and residents all participated in the planning, decorating, speaking, and welcoming guests.

Welcoming, nurturing Eden-centered community

The festivities began with a resident/care partner lunchtime barbeque, with sides and all the trimmings. At 2-PM everyone who was able came to the main event. General Manager Carol Dyck spoke first, outlining the growth of PWL Stettler. “It takes something special to create a real community,” she said, “and I'm deeply grateful to every single person here for their contribution in creating this welcoming, nurturing Eden-centered community that so many of us call home.”

Happy to live here

Jim Ellwood was the first resident at PWL Stettler when it opened in 2013. He spoke movingly about how the diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy along with his Parkinson’s put him into a wheelchair and required him to move into care. He said he is very happy with the care that has been provided to him at PWL Stettler, as well as the many friendships he has made with the care partners and other residents. “Our residents range from somewhere between severe Alzheimer’s to fully independent individuals," he said. "I am somewhere in the middle.”

"I am extremely happy to live here," Jim added. "The meals are very good, and the caregivers are exceptional. They know their jobs, they have taken courses to be certified and they genuinely care for all the residents."

Anniversary tributes

Other special guests shared their tributes to PWL Stettler. Elithea DeVilliers (PWL Director of Health Services), shared her passion for the Eden philosophy of care. Alberta Health Services Care Manager Merle Damberger talked about the great relationship between PWL Stettler and AHS and how that works so well for the benefit of the residents. Scott Pfeiffer, whose mother lived at PWL Stettler until she went to long term care, spoke on behalf of the Stettler Town Council. And finally, James Nibourg spoke representing the County of Stettler Council, and found a spot at his mother’s table to enjoy the event. She is a resident and was very proud to welcome her son to the PWL Stettler community celebration.

Gifts and roses

Every resident and care partner who has been with PWL Stettler since 2013 received a special gift bag of treats, and every person attending the party got to take home a lovely Points West Living mug.

The 5th anniversary planning group, which included residents and care partners, also decided to plant two rose bushes to celebrate the occasion. “We will take special care of them to ensure they survive the winter,” Carol says, “And they will be a lovely reminder of this wonderful event and momentous occasion.”

Photo: Cutting the cake at PWL 5th Anniversary on July 4, 2018; (from left: James Nibourg, Jim Ellwood (seated), Scott Pfeiffer, Elithea de Villiers, Carol Dyck, Dustin Potter (seated) and Meryl Damberger

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