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Something prevalent with the staff at the Sturgeon Foundation is the warmth and exuberance that comes naturally. Not surprising, that this is also the case with Cathy Dwyer, an employee at the Foundation for the past 4 years. She naturally has a sense of pride in her workmanship and likes things to be clean. She has lived in St. Albert for 30 years and prior to the Foundation, worked as a custodian for a local school.
Cathy is from Newfoundland, and those that know her, know that she can dance a great jig. First a part-time employee in North Ridge, Cathy is a woman of multiple talents and first showcased her aptitude in both the kitchen and in housekeeping. She then moved over to Chateau Mission Court for a full-time position in housekeeping and is lucky to be close to home and in a position she loves.
When originally hired, she was described as a person who is “perfect for seniors”. When Cathy describes her role at the Sturgeon Foundation, she says, “It’s really good. I enjoy working with the seniors. They are so friendly. They’re like a family to me.”
Cathy not only works full-time with the Foundation, but she also continuously volunteers every month. You will find her working at pub nights, selling 50/50 tickets, and joining bus crews on expeditions out. Since our residents know her, they seek her out, whether during the day or at these special events. Cathy says, “Everyone’s happy. They say thank you. They say I love you. They give me lots of hugs.”
Cathy is a true inspiration. She is a woman with heart. Sometimes she comes across a resident who is having a rough time and crying and she’s always ready to lend them support and takes the time to listen to them. When she describes her future goals, she says “I want to keep the seniors happy; I am always here for them. I want to do the best I can at my job and I want to spread joy and happiness.”
On behalf of the Sturgeon Foundation, thank you Cathy for all that you do. You are a special woman and our residents are very fortunate to have you in their lives.
On March 16, 2016, the Sturgeon Foundation proudly welcomed 3 & 4 year olds to the Chateau Sturgeon Lodge in the Town of Legal. Children from the Legal Head Start Program with Sturgeon School Division first visited the lodge in November 2015. This was a result of one of their teachers, Karen Berns, being approached by her local advisory parent’s council in September. Her class of 10 children began their interactions with the seniors by reading stories and enjoying snacks together. The feedback was so positive that they’ve continued monthly visits.
Karen Berns said, “What I like to see is that some of the kids you don’t think are going to be outgoing, are interacting with the seniors…. It’s nice to see that the seniors aren’t just helping, they’re actually creating their own projects too. And the kids love coming here; we talk about going to see grandma and grandpa’s place and they can’t wait.”
Chateau Sturgeon’s Program Coordinator, Joanne Hughes, added that the grade 6 class also comes over once a month. They play a lot of games, bingo, have fun with ‘show and tell’ activities, singing songs together, and even take turns with the students and seniors reading to each other. Joanne said, “These ladies love it. They just adore them when they come in.” At the end of June, Joanne added that they will have a bbq with the students and they come over and entertain the residents with a talent show, complete with singing and dancing.
Chateau Sturgeon officially opened in 1962 and was renovated in 1998. It is located in the Town of Legal, next to Club 60 Roses, and is only 25 minutes north of St. Albert. The lodge offers a total of 42 rooms and includes a spacious common area with fireplace, games room, craft room, library, chapel, laundry room, hair salon, social recreational area, central dining area, and computer area. It’s an oasis of tranquility, not far from amenities. For more information about the Chateau Sturgeon Lodge, please call 780-961-3972.
This year, on March 11, Hazel Manning of St. Albert turned 102 years old. On March 1, Mary Melik of St. Albert turned 100 years old. These ladies are currently residing in Sturgeon Foundation’s Chateau Mission Court. A celebration of their birthdays was hosted by the lodge on March 24, 2016. They also received a special visit from Mayor Nolan Crouse, who presented congratulatory certificates on behalf of the City of St. Albert.
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