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Sweet and Spooky Halloween

Residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton had two Halloween highlights this year. The first was an outdoor parade of adorable kindergarten children showing off their costumes. The second was a reverse trick or treat that had residents opening their doors to a trio of treat-bearing spooks.

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Relaxing patio concert sees out summer

Residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton said farewell to summer with a relaxing patio concert on September 22. With musician Paul James performing from the patio, in the spirit of COVID care, residents spread out to watch and listen from several vantage points.

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Residents construct a model pickup truck for tailgate party

Residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton took up the challenge of building a vehicle for their tailgate party. The party, held to celebrate the community’s participation in the #Steps2MentalHealth walking/wheeling challenge was held across Points West Living and Connecting Care Communities on August 27.

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Adventurous residents have a blast playing inventive games

Having everyone share the same recreational equipment – be it bocce balls, bingo dabbers, or beanbags – is a 'no-no' under COVID-constraints. So, recreation teams are getting inventive and putting a new spin on old favourites. Folks a Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton held a games day recently that broke new ground on the rules of the game.

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Hatchlings delight residents

With no outside entertainers or groups allowed due COVID-19 visiting restrictions, Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton came up with its own in-house entertainment; a mini chick hatchery. Residents kept a close (social distancing) eye on the incubator for days, and were rewarded for their diligent patience when five chicks broke out of their shells.

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99-year old pens a compelling COVID-19 poem

A 99-year-old resident of Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton has written a poem to encourage fellow residents in the community’s efforts to keep COVID-19 at bay. Audrey Ross is a bit of a Poet Laureate for the centre and often writes poems for special occasions. This one is a definite winner!

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Going the distance; residents keep on walking

Residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton have been taking advantage of spectacular spring weather to get some outdoor exercise. One trio of residents heads out just about every afternoon for a 25 minute stroll around the block. The group has modified their regular walking routine to incorporate steps to reduce the threat of COVID-19.

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Sharing the love… with cherry tarts

Residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton set up a “Share With Love” board in honour of Valentine’s Day, and got more than they asked for. They were encouraged to share stories and photos of love, and in addition to the thoughtful notes on the board, an unnamed ‘someone’ added scrumptious homemade cherry tarts to the display.

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Fun, games, and reflection at New Year’s party

Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton welcomed the New Year with games, snacks, champagne, and a little light reflection on 2019. It was a chance to look to the future as well and mark the occasion with New Years props and photos.

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Residents get inspired by art gallery outing

When residents of Points West Living Athens Creek received an invitation to visit the Penticton Art Gallery, they jumped at the chance. Not only did they get a guided tour of the gallery’s current exhibits, they got to try their hand at a new painting technique.

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Residents lead Remembrance Day service

At Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton, preparation for Remembrance Day begins on the first day of November. That’s when residents lay out their photos, written works, and service medals and memorabilia on a table at the front of the dining room. Residents also organize and run the November 11 Remembrance Day Service.

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Going Pink for a cause

Residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton held a very pink fundraiser recently. Pink clothing, pink tablecloths, pink balloons and flowers, and even a couple of pink feather boas. It was all in aid of breast cancer research and care.

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Halloween morning spent with kids, and in the evening, a costume party

Thirty-five kindergarten kids from Parkway Elementary arrived at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton on Halloween morning, and charmed residents with their costumes and presentations. They recited poems, did a little colouring with residents, and wound their way through residents to show off their costumes. Residents chose to have their own Halloween party in the evening.

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Residents bid farewell to summer on the patio

It’s always tough to say goodbye to summer, but residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton have figured out how to do it with enthusiasm. Over the summer, they usually have a patio luncheon every two weeks, and their last one of the season was held in mid September.

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Easy riding to the park for a birthday picnic

It’s an end-of-summer tradition that residents at Points West Living Athens Creek hold dear. They call it a ‘scooter parade’, and it involves rounding up all the resident mobility scooter drivers, and rolling off across Penticton for a picnic at the lake; the more scooters, the more impressive the ‘parade’.

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Athens Creek residents throw surprise party
for twin sisters of management

Donna McBeth is the General Manager of Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton, and her twin sister, Debbie Ellchuck is the community’s head of housekeeping. The twins turned 65 on July 11, and residents, along with other employee care partners, decided to throw them a surprise birthday party.

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105th birthday a celebration of humour & spirit

Roberta Graham turned 105 on June 22nd and Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton threw her a big party luncheon to celebrate. She was feted with a sparkly tiara, a red carpet entrance, a wrist corsage, her choice of menu, cake, songs, letters and tributes of affection and admiration, and… poems.

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Resident volunteers as Athens Creek
‘Toast Master’

Friday is raisin toast day at the Athens Bistro at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton. The breakfast, which comes with hard boiled eggs and fresh fruit, is a popular choice among residents. The trouble is, when the breakfast rush is on, that’s a lot of bread for one person to toast, butter, and serve to residents while it’s still… toasty. Bring on the ‘Toast Master’.

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Most recognizable Mom wins
Athens Creek contest

In the days leading up to Mothers’ Day, one of the residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton came up with a fun ‘Moms’ contest idea. Residents contributed photos of themselves as young mothers, and other residents guessed which vintage photo belonged to which-present day resident. 

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Paint Evening with Ellie (& Kate)
a popular choice

For the past few months, residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton have enjoyed putting brush to canvas a regular paint night. The sessions are held on the last Sunday evening of each month and are led by recreation coordinator Ellie Bertrand.

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Movie buff brings the theatre experience home
to residents of PWL Athens Creek

Last summer, as Terry Chase put together his own backyard movie theatre at his home in Penticton BC, he began to think about giving residents of Points West Living Athens Creek a Movie Night. Terry serves there as a cook, and for the last several months, he’s made it happen.

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Athens Creek holds heart-y breakfast fundraiser

Over the past decade, residents of Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton have held a fundraising breakfast for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and the 2019 version was a heartwarming success. 

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Kids get residents up on the dance floor…
with a twist

Thirty-six kindergarten students from nearby Parkway Elementary School, along with teachers, assistants, and parent volunteers packed a lot of fun and action into a recent visit to Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton. They were only here for an hour, and kept residents on their toes the whole time. 

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Care Partner Snapshot: 15 years
at Athens Creek

Ellie (Elizabeth) Betrand is the current recreation coordinator at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton. She began her service there on January 19, 2004 working evening security and a mix of housekeeping and first aid.

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Athens Creek New Year’s Eve Party a
‘parfait’ sendoff to 2018

In a sweet afternoon of song and bubbly, residents and a few care partners celebrated 2018 and welcomed 2019 at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton. Local performer Gillian Russell played her guitar and sang some old favourites, including one surprise number…

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Ride on historic steam train ushers in Christmas
season for Athens Creek residents

Riding the historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway is high on the experience list for many residents and visitors to the Okanagan Valley. To do so at Christmas, with lights, carols, and the man in red himself, is particularly popular. As the sun was going down the afternoon of December 13, about 20 residents and care partners from Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton boarded the train for a one hour tour.

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Savouring the fruits of the sunny Okanagan

Residents at Athens Creek Retirement Lodge in Penticton – the only Points West Living community outside of Alberta – like to take full advantage of their location in the sunny Okanagan. Recently, they went on one the wine tours so popular in the region. 

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Introducing the long-serving GM of
Athens Creek Lodge in Penticton

Donna McBeth has been a member of the employee care partner team at Athens Creek Lodge in Penticton for 18 years. Her first position was in the dining room, then security, then housekeeping, kitchen, office admin, and finally, nine years ago, she accepted the position of General Manager.

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New PWL partnership in Penticton BC

Points West Living has a new partnership with a retirement community in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. In early March, three PWL wellness leaders visited Athens Creek Lodge in Penticton to do orientation and some training in the Eden philosophy of care. What they found was a community already living the Eden way. 

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