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Episode #7 - Ron Schlegel

Episode #7 - Ron Schlegel

January 5, 2021

Episode #7 | A look back, a look ahead, and a look inside with Ron Schlegel. The green bench concept and the Schlegel Villages Wisdom of the Elder signature program come from Ron's message about the importance of tapping into the wisdom around us.

"The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the wisdom of our elders."

What is wisdom? Learn about Ron's father, Wilfred, and the role model he was to him and his grandchildren. Senior Living as a family business and the roles of Ron's children, Jamie, Brad & Rob.

The design concept of Schlegel Villages retirement and long-term care homes in Ontario allows for a social experience and makes for life purpose and enjoyment. Learn a little bit about how this came to be and how the Villages get their names.

"It doesn't matter whether one is 35 or 85, we should be enjoying life to the fullest."

Advice to business leaders, a talk about servant leadership, and research to drive innovation. "It's not what we do, it is what we enable others to do."

Twin mix-up: Hear how Ron MacLean mistook Jamie for Brad during an Olympic Hockey final and more from the Olympics 1992.

"Be yourself, be true to yourself, don't try to be something you are not." - Ron Schlegel

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Episode #6 - Hank Floyd

Episode #6 - Hank Floyd

December 22, 2020

Episode #6 | 94-year-old Hank Floyd has NO REGRETS, had a great, successful life & career.  Started working at a young age, worked his way up, changed companies and careers a number of times. Joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 and served in WWII.  Hear about his management philosophy, his wisdom, and his advice for people who are entering the workforce.

"You don't have to be brilliant to be wise."

Hank is joined by our hosts Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington virtually from The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby to share his wisdom from the green bench.

"We learn a lot by listening to people."

*Announcing that our podcast has been renewed for 2021 - that's 26 more episodes full of wisdom for you to listen to throughout the year.

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Episode #5 - Barry Hickling

Episode #5 - Barry Hickling

December 8, 2020

Episode #5 | Ageism is stereotyping and/or discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age. Ageism dictates that at a certain age you have to act a certain way.  We need to work together to eliminate ageism - starting with education, informing people with alternatives, and creating an environment where you value people and their contributions.  Hosts Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington welcome Barry Hickling from The Village of Aspen Lake in Windsor for a conversation about ageism on the green bench.

Barry is a Delegate Member of the Ontario Association of Residents' Councils (OARC).  Their values include: Compassion, Dignity, Inclusion, & Collaboration | Learn more at ontarc.com

Help up break down #ageism by signing the #ElderWisdom pledge at elderwisdom.ca; "I pledge to restore to a place of reverence the elders of our society, honouring the wisdom our oldest citizens have gained through lifetimes of trials, tribulations, joys and successes. I further vow to end ageism, once and for all counting this unjust form of prejudice unacceptable."

"Hope is the greatest encouragement we can give to one another" -Barry Hickling

"Caring and compassion are what it's all about. Don't put a label on it." - Lloyd Hetherington

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Episode #4 - Louise Jolliffe

Episode #4 - Louise Jolliffe

November 24, 2020

Episode #4 | Women in the workplace, loving the work you do, being fired due to pregnancy, making dreams come true & a variety of hobbies including knitting & crocheting are the topics of conversation on the green bench.  Erin Davis and co-host Lloyd Hetherington welcome Louise Jolliffe, a resident at The Village of Aspen Lake in Windsor, to share her stories and wisdom with us.

According to a piece in Bustle, called “11 Old Lady Hobbies it’s OK to Love in Your 20s” there is renewed and growing interest in what the younger generations are calling “lost arts” like knitting, sewing, quilting, gardening, and even old-fashioned games like Bridge and Canasta.

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Episode #3 - Doug Gilmour

Episode #3 - Doug Gilmour

November 10, 2020

Episode #3 | Erin Davis along with co-host Lloyd Hetherington join Doug Gilmour on the green bench (virtually) to share his life experiences, trials, triumphs, and wisdom with you.  Doug is a resident at The Village of Riverside Glen, a Schlegel Village, in Guelph, Ontario. His passions include family, trout fishing, square dancing, and writing - including his book, A Successful Life: Overcoming Adversity with Persistence.

*More about Doug's Book

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Episode #2 - Sally Carter

Episode #2 - Sally Carter

October 27, 2020

Episode #2 | Erin Davis along with co-host Lloyd Hetherington join Sally Carter on the green bench (virtually) to explore relationships, family, travel, career, and more.  Sally is a resident at The Village of Erin Meadows, a Schlegel Village, in Mississauga, Ontario. She shares stories and knowledge gained through her work as an educator in the food industry, her travels, and family relations.

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Episode #1 - Douglas Robinson

Episode #1 - Douglas Robinson

October 13, 2020

Episode #1 | Erin Davis along with co-host Lloyd Hetherington joins Doug Robinson on the green bench (virtually) to explore life, love, and grief.  Doug is a resident at The Village of Sandalwood Park, a Schlegel Village, in Brampton, Ontario. He shares stories from his work in the hospitality industry, his brush with royalty, his relationship with his wife of 60 years, and discusses grief.

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