Local News

There’s a lot that happens week in and week out at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, so we’re glad to share our latest news with you here. In addition to our articles below, check out Westbury World – a monthly newsletter created by residents and staff reporting on our events, guest speakers and special activities – and Our Community Connection – a quarterly publication that showcases the ways the support and advocacy given to SVWC impact our friends and neighbors.

June 15, 2020

SVWC is Hosting another Sharing Love - Spreading Joy FATHER’S DAY PARADE!!

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (SVWC) continues to closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As such, in early March, SVWC closed our doors to all visitors, for the safety of residents and staff members. Since that time, families of residents are growing more and more eager to see their loved ones.‍

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May 20, 2020

Post-Acute Care Administrator Receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award

The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Michael Williams, Administrator of Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury in Winchester, Virginia with the 2020 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. Only 7% of facilities nationwide met the initial selection criteria. This year, seventy-eight administrators in 23 states met all eligibility requirements and were awarded the facility leadership award nationally. The leadership award will be celebrated at ACHCA’s Annual Convocation and Exposition scheduled to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from August 30-September 2, 2020.

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May 11, 2020

SVWC is Hosting a Sharing Love - Spreading Joy PARADE!!

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (SVWC) continues to closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As such, in early March, SVWC closed our doors to all visitors, for the safety of residents and staff members. Since that time, families of residents are growing more and more eager to lay eyes on their loved ones.

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May 2, 2020

Our Global Wall of Healing

As a voice of unity and community, the residents and employees at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury have created Our Wall of Global Healing in a positive prayer/ response to the negativity surrounding the fear, grief, and confusion caused by the Corona Virus. The inspiration came from our ingenious Artist/Instructor, Gale Bowman-Harlow. Gale provided blank pieces of 4 x 4 card stock and asked everyone to let their creativity flow while praying for healing. Any expression was welcome, whether it be a poem, a drawing, or a cutout from a magazine. The result is sixteen framed pieces combining the prayer cards. This spiritual artwork is being shown on each floor of the residents’ halls, and being moved from floor to floor until the entire show has circulated the building.

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April 24, 2020

Girl Scout - for Life!

In early March (before the Corona Virus touched our area), Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury resident and original Board Member, Farley Massey, and Sue Mariotti, a Board Member of Westminster's Foundation, attended the President's Circle Dinner in Washington, DC. No, not for President Trump. It was actually for Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital.

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March 24, 2020

Music Fills The Air

The History of Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury 2019, Volume 13

Music Fills the Air, Volume 13 of The History of Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (SVWC), was published recently.

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March 6, 2020

One Inch Beyond Reality

Art Exhibit Opening

SVWC Resident, Charlie Thorne, has been drawing on windows, walls, floors, and sometimes paper since he could pick up a crayon. After art school, and an army tour, Charlie opened an illustration and advertising studio in Winchester, Virginia, specializing in industrial clientele.

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January 24, 2020

The Memory Café is Born

Westminster-Canterbury wants to share some exciting news! SVWC will be the first in Winchester and Frederick County to start a Memory Café! You might be asking; What is a Memory Café? A Memory Café is a safe and comfortable space where care partners and their loved ones living with dementia can gather to socialize, play games, and enjoy activities together. It is not a support group, but rather a time and place for individuals living with dementia and their loved ones to experience community, laughter, and conversation with others navigating similar changes. As one organization explains, a memory café is a time to “be in the company of others who can relate without explanation, relax without feeling misunderstood and share freely without fear of judgment.” Memory Cafés are coming to life all over the U.S.

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January 01, 2020

Curious Quirks in Everyday Illusions

Art Exhibit Opening

We attempt to vary the feel of our exhibits in the Lawrence Gallery at SVWC, and the show that opens on Friday, Jan. 10, will be distinctive for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it features watercolors by one artist, and photography by a second artist. Additionally, their subject matter tends toward the rustic and rural, a noticeable departure from most of our displays.

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December 17, 2019

Award-winning Lecture Series Comes to Winchester

The award-winning January Series of Calvin University is coming to Winchester. From Jan. 8 through Jan. 28, 2020, Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury Retirement Community will be one of 60 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.

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December 13, 2019

Christmas at SVWC

Visit and View our Holiday Displays

It seems that Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury is becoming Winchester’s destination for theChristmas spirit. Everywhere you look, you see, another lovely Christmas tree! More importantly, for the third year, we have organized a charming and fascinating display of Nativity and Crèche treasures, which have delighted residents, staff, and visitors alike. No two scenes are the same. You’ll see everything from a tiny plastic set, which was a childhood purchase many years ago, to elaborate porcelain sets from Europe. The variety is endless.

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November 4, 2019

Triumph From the Turret

Art Exhibit Opening

Our Art Studio on the campus of Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (SVWC) features a turret. The top portion is adorned with stained glass by resident, Wil Pieper. Since the studio opened, many inspirational projects have been born there. This distinctive exhibit opening Friday, 11-8, consists of works in varied mediums produced under the tutelage of in-house Art Expert, Gale Bowman-Harlow. SVWC residents, as well as area citizens, take classes from Gale. For this exhibit, over 60 individuals, of all skill levels, are proud to showcase their creativity.

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July 2021

Westbury World:

Key Organizational Changes Announced

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June 2021

Westbury World:

The Moore Trail: A Symbol of Teamwork

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May 2021

Westbury World:

New Board of Trustees Members Elected

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April 2021

Westbury World:

Slowly Moving Back to Normal

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March 2021

Westbury World:

Snow Crew Comes Through Again

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February 2021

Westbury World:

Campus-wide Vaccinations Held

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January 2021

Westbury World:

Vaccine Arrives at SVWC

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December 2020

Westbury World:

Music for Masks Contest a Showcase of Creativity

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November 2020

Westbury World:

An Unusual Welcome for Cottage Newcomers

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October 2020

Westbury World:

Employee Talent Show Telethon Sets Financial Record

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September 2020

Westbury World:

SVWC’s Fitness Center: More Important Than Ever

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August 2020

Westbury World:

Coronavirus Creativity

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July 2020

Westbury World:

The Adventure of Campus-grown Vegetables

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June 2020

Westbury World:

SVWC Stages a Very Special Event

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May 2020

Westbury World:

Villa Project Moving Along

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April 2020

Westbury World:

Coping with the Virus

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March 2020

Westbury World:

Getting to Know the CEO

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Spring 2021

Our Community Connection:

Horticulture Therapy Program

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WINTER 2021

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Intergenerational Campaign

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Fall 2020

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Saying Thank You to our Team

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Spring 2020

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Resident on the move

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Fall 2019

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Paying it Forward

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Spring 2019

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SVWC 100 Club

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Winter 2019

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Mission Possible: SVWC Employee Gift Campaign

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