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.

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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September 4, 2019

InSight X 3

Photography Exhibit Opening

The Lawrence Gallery at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (SVWC) plays host to a new exhibit every two months. The Art Committee makes a concerted effort to vary the artistic styles and mediums to keep things fresh. With this photography exhibit from September 13 through November 3, viewers will get a unique perspective on reality from three seasoned photographers, Larry Fickau, and John and Kristin Zimet.

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August 30, 2019

SVWC Certified as Official Monarch Butterfly Waystation

After much organization and anticipation, SVWC is elated to announce that we are now an official “Certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation.” The purpose of creating a Monarch Waystation is to provide milkweed, nectar plants, and shelter for Monarch butterflies throughout their annual cycle of production and migration. A Monarch caterpillar eats only milkweed. A Monarch butterfly lays eggs only on milkweed plants, so if there is no milkweed, there are no Monarchs. Sadly, milkweeds and nectar sources have declined because of extensive development, and the use of herbicides.

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January 9, 2019

Teepa Snow’s PAC Training to Continue...

As we are all aware, dementia can have an effect on anyone at any age. It shows no mercy stripping loved one’s memories or taking away their abilities to do the simplest tasks. Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury’s (SVWC) leadership team wanted to be sure that our residents receive the utmost quality of care from staff members in every department on campus. Thanks to a generous undesignated gift to SVWC’s Foundation, management chose to utilize the Positive Approach to Care (PAC), created by Teepa Snow, for mandatory staff training.

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April 2021

Westbury World:

Slowly Moving Back to Normal

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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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WINTER 2021

Our Community Connection:

Intergenerational Campaign

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Fall 2020

Our Community Connection:

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

Our Community Connection:

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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