Our Circle is the quarterly newsletter published by South Granville Park Lodge. Chock full of photos of our residents enjoying outings, special events, holidays and meaningful everyday moments, it also features profile and spotlight stories about our Lodge family.
Excerpts and articles from the current edition of Our Circle, as well as our Director's seasonal letter are available and updated here as well.
Check out this month's calendar of events and activities at The Lodge.
Nicholas Candaele RSW
Our Circle, Fall 2019
Welcome to Winter 2020
Welcome to a new year and a new decade! As we celebrate 2020 here at The Lodge, it’s fun to reflect on all the fabulous and festive gatherings we have hosted over the last few months.
The colourful nature of the holidays kept us busy and our activities and outings throughout the fall and into the winter provided many opportunities to get together with friends and family.
As we raise a glass to the coming year, we also toast our dedicated and caring staff who made 2019 so wonderful for our residents. We were delighted to honour so many at our recent staff party for their years... and in some cases decades, of work here at The Lodge. Their smiles make every moment that much brighter and are at the core of our “meaningful days” philosophy.
Our musical guests this season; Hand Over Heart, Musical Variations, Jennifer Lauren and of course the ever popular Susan Skemp, brought a cheerful sound to all our celebrations and saw many folks singing along or taking to the dance floor.
From fiestas and furry critters to lunch trips and holiday happenings, it’s easy to see from this issue of Our Circle that the year past was a happy time for everyone. Please enjoy more inside glimpses of life at The Lodge on both Instagram and Facebook.
Paul Woodhouse, Director of Administration
Our new Director of Community Services, Nicholas Candaele, is no stranger to The Lodge. His career path to becoming a registered social worker began eight years ago as a volunteer at SGPL and we are delighted that his work with seniors over the past five years has led him back to us.
“I developed a great admiration and respect for this company,” he says. “I’m excited to return to The Lodge.”
Nicholas enjoys helping seniors improve their quality of life and is looking forward to seeing how his efforts can positively affect our residents’ day to day living. His caring, empathetic approach (with a touch of humour!) will make him a valuable addition to our community.
Born and raised in beautiful BC, Nicholas loves spending time outside biking and hiking with friends or joining family at their cabin on Gabriola Island. He is particularly excited to be able to cycle to work!
Around The Lodge
Our Circle, Summer 2019
The friendship room, the patio, the dining room… these are just a few of the places that bring our Lodge family together. These spaces are what allow us to congregate and share delicious food, creative hobbies, and physical activity. More importantly these spaces are what allow us to share time with each other. Recent renovations have made many of these areas more contemporary, functional and just down right beautiful. Our patio, now a flowering oasis, offers a sunny spot to sit and enjoy nature or conversation with a companion. Our dining room with its abundance of natural light and adjacent reading nook, provides a place to have a delicious meal with friends, be entertained in the afternoons, or settle in with a good book. Even our entrance is an area that creates memories as we head out for adventures and walks or welcome visitors. We hope you will enjoy these scenes from Around the Lodge that show how we interact with our home and each other on a daily basis.
Then and Now
Our Circle, Spring 2019
A 50th anniversary is a time to reflect on all the wonderful experiences that have been shared through the years. And here at The Lodge, many of our caring staff have been a part of our family for as long as we can remember. As we celebrate 50 years of memories, look back at our old photographs and add new ones to the album, it’s easy to see the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Assistant Administrator Doreen Buksh-Khan at reception circa 1984 and today.
Cynthia Meszaros, Leonard Madore and past Director of Administration, Deborah Tobias.
Staff, Nurses and Care Aides in the 80s, and 2019.
2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of South Granville Park Lodge. Since opening its doors in 1969, The Lodge has provided a warm, caring environment for both the seniors it serves and the many people that provide those services. This winter, we celebrated both the past and the present by acknowledging the care aides, nurses, coordinators and staff who have worked to make The Lodge a place that so many have called home over the years. Amid awards, presentations and heartfelt speeches, everyone paused to share stories, enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner and a slice (or two!) of cake. Colleagues and coworkers had fun posing for pictures with beloved Administrator, Jeremy Sicherman and the evening wouldn’t have been complete without a group picture. With such an amazing history and wonderful team, it’s easy to see what the next 50 years will bring.
50 Years Young
The Lodge celebrates 50 years of gracious retirement living
Our Circle, Winter 2018
Owner Jeremy Sicherman cuts the cake.
It comes as no surprise that South Granville Park Lodge feels more like home than a care facility. And that is because The Lodge is a family in the truest sense. Having begun as the vision of Jack Sicherman in 1969, The Lodge has been a place to call home for many families over the years, including the Sichermans themselves. Grandson Jeremy is now at the helm, and proud to be there.
“My grandfather was a holocaust survivor who came to Canada with no money and no family,” says Jeremy, “He worked hard… all the time.” As children, Jeremy and his sister would spend three or four months each year with their grandparents, and that meant sharing time at The Lodge.
A Place to Call Home
A Little SGPL History
South Granville Park Lodge, circa 1969
Our Circle, Fall 2018
“He brought me to work with him in his big, blue van,” Jeremy recalls. “Never mind I didn’t have a seatbelt… I didn’t even have a seat,” he says, describing how he sat in the rear tire well in the cargo area. Despite his youth, there was always something he could do to help out at The Lodge. “For years I’d come and push residents around the block in their wheelchairs or hang out with Teresa, our bookkeeper,” he says. “And over time he gave me more responsibility.”
The remainder of Jeremy’s education came in the form of a degree in Business Operations as well as a diploma in Health Care Management which he completed before assuming his role as administrator in 1997. Today, being part of a family business is still one of the most important things to him.
“The collective community that we have created over the years, together with our staff and families, is uniquely special.”
So what does the future hold for South Granville Park Lodge? Well considering that there are more Sichermans growing up around SGPL it’s not surprising that they think it will stay a family venture and Jeremy hopes his son will inherit the same love for the business that he has.
Founder Jack would be proud to hear his grandson speak with such passion about the business he so lovingly built, and prouder still to see his successor not only maintains but continues to improve and develop both The Lodge building itself and the programs and level of care it offers.
“My grandfather lived, worked, and died here, surrounded by the family he was instrumental in creating. By the end of his life he had a beautiful large family to honour the memory of the one he lost.”
In January of 2019, The Lodge will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. “Together with my Lodge family I’m going to try and cherish the next 50, and leave behind a home we can all be proud of.”
SGPL founder, Jack Sicherman. South Granville Park Lodge, 2018. Owner, Jeremy Sicherman
Residents Celebrating 100+ Years
It is with great honour and deep pride that SGPL celebrates the lives of those residents who have reached and surpassed the century mark. What changes they must have seen knowing that 100 years ago the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world. Nelson Mandela was born as well as Johnny Wayne of Wayne & Schuster fame. The Toronto Arenas (later, The Maple Leafs) won the Stanley Cup against the Vancouver Millionaires. The average wage was about $12 per week, a quart of milk was about 8 cents and 6 cents for a loaf of bread. Daylight Saving Time was introduced to British Columbia. Women won the right to vote in federal elections, two years before the US. Canada turned 51 with a population of 8,148,000. And on November 11th, 1918 the Armistice was signed ending World War One.