Here is what some of our residents and volunteers have to say…
“I love the location because Lord Dufferin Centre is right in the middle of Orangeville and near everyone I know”. – Vivian-Resident
“I just love the staff…they have all become family”. Marg-Resident
“I find Lord Dufferin Centre very peaceful which lets me get the rest when I need it but also I can join in on all the activities when I want the socialization”. Dorothy-Resident
“I certainly enjoy all the people. I still own my home and came to Lord Dufferin Centre for a short stay but then decided to make it a permanent move”. – Nora-Resident
“I feel much better mentally, physically and happier since my move to Lord Dufferin Centre, 5 years ago.” – Bill-Resident
“My favourite part of living here is the atmosphere and friendliness of everyone”. Irene-Resident
“I love the people but I especially love the food and wouldn’t change a single thing”. Paul-Resident
“I am very fortunate to be involved with loyal, dedicated and caring people; which is what Lord Dufferin Centre is all about”.
Lori Morgan –Family Member
Four years ago, we had the daunting job of selling mom’s Scarborough home and moving her to Orangeville to be closer to us. This was an unsettling and scary time. It was recommended by a friend to visit Lord Dufferin Centre Retirement Residence. Within five minutes of standing in the beautifully decorated lobby, we could feel the warmth and family atmosphere that we have now come to love. There was no question it was the right place – Mom consented instantly and said, “I’m ready to move”.
At Lord Dufferin Centre ,Owners’ Dave and Donna Holwell lead a dedicated, caring staff second to none. There is nothing they wouldn’t do to help a Resident at any time, day or night. Each Resident is valued for who they are and treated always with dignity and respect. Every effort is made to include them in decision making. With many years of experience the staff are very aware of the needs and preferences of each Resident and will do everything they can to make them comfortable and happy. There is ongoing dialogue between residents, families and staff which means that needs and goals are continually being addressed. They are always looking for ways to make improvements and welcome any new suggestions.
The Residents who live at Lord Dufferin Centre have the opportunity to take part in daily activities which meet their social, physical, spiritual and intellectual needs. While there are simply too many activities and events to mention, some of my mom’s favourites are choir, card and board games, group games, book club, happy hour, movie night, Therapeutic Paws, exercise class, and participating in the many concerts and presentations that take place regularly. On each special occasion throughout the year, Residents and families come together to celebrate for dinner – always a great time for all!
Lord Dufferin celebrates “Seniors”! It is a place in which someone is made to feel special and important. Each opinion or story or concern is valued. It is a place where people of all ages come together to have fun and enjoy life. No one is ever alone! It is inviting and welcoming – a place where new friendships begin. It is a place to call “home”!
Dennis Hall is a happy man who is living a happy life. He speaks warmly of his sons, and a very happy marriage to his beloved Edith. Originally from Newbiggin By-The-Sea in England, his family came to Canada in 1929 and settled in New Brunswick, where he spent the next 30 years before moving to the Toronto area. He worked as a CGA for most of his career at Canadian Oil, until it become Shell, spending 36 years in total in their employ before his retirement in 1984. Besides enjoying his successful profession he participated in a wide variety of exciting and interesting hobbies, including golfing, woodcarving, cross country skiing and even parachuting!
His volunteer work is admirable as well. He spent many years with ADDS, an organization dedicated to helping physically disabled people learn to ski, and was a member / president of the Civilian Club in Don Mills in the ’90’s. He has taken part in wilderness training, was an avid traveler and worked with the Water Gypsies, an organization that taught the blind the sport of canoeing.
Spending time with Dennis is delightful. He is so modest about his many contributions to the community, and he continues to be a good friend to the many people he has met. After his wife passed in 2006 he was looking for a safe & comfortable place to live, and he found that home at Lord Dufferin Centre, becoming a permanent resident on Feb. 27 of this year. He has built a strong network of friends in the Lord Dufferin community, and is often called on for a quick game of pool or cards by his many new neighbours. He praises the lovely staff, and is pleased that at this point in his life he has no worries and can just enjoy life. He credits Lord Dufferin Centre with giving him that peace of mind.
Joyce Fife has a long history in Dufferin. A native of Grand Valley, her father James Lansborough was the editor of the Grand Valley Star-Vidette newspaper. She attended school in the area, then headed to Toronto in 1938, where jobs were plentiful. She moved from a good position at the local RBC to their local head office on Bay St, where she worked as an accountant’s assistant until she returned home to tend her ill father in 1950. While back in Grand Valley Joyce met the fellow that would one day be her husband, well known veterinarian Bruce Fife. The two married soon after and made their home in Grand Valley.
Over the next years Joyce was busy – raising her 2 children as well as running the office for her husband’s thriving practice. The two were very involved in local events as Grand Valley Lions, and enjoyed curling, cards, and bowling. As the two reached retirement and the children left home, Joyce & Bruce enjoyed winters in Florida and continued an active lifestyle.
When Bruce passed away in 2007 Joyce found herself lonesome in the Grand Valley house. Friends and family encouraged her to consider Lord Dufferin Centre and after touring the facility she knew she had found her new home. Today she enjoys the company of friends, both new & old, and is a favourite with her feisty spirit and good sense of humor. She finds the staff very obliging, and loves their great attitude and friendliness. Most of all she enjoys the many events at Lord Dufferin Centre, most recently the Chocolicious gathering and a visit from Elvis. Joyce is looking forward to the next phase to her life amongst friends at Lord Dufferin Centre.
Orma Hutchinson is truly a native of Dufferin County. Born on a dairy farm in Grand Valley nearly 82 years ago, she has lived life in rural Dufferin as well as in town. After graduating from high school, and a stint working at Reith’s Grocery Store, Orma married John Hutchinson, and they began their married life working the land and raising a family. A complete change came in 1963, when they sold the family farm and moved to Orangeville, where John opened John Hutchinson Realty, bringing his son on board in 1969. (It’s a point of interest that son Don was involved with the original purchase and development of the Lord Dufferin Property where Orma now makes her home).
As her children grew Orma spent her time volunteering within the community, often with Westminster United Church and the Auxiliary at the Hospital. Always an avid writer, Orma took on the task of writing their newsletter and also ran the annual Florence Nightingale Tea. She and Jack enjoyed themselves traveling, curling and spending time with friends and family until his untimely passing just a few years ago.
She’s been a member of the Lord Dufferin family for nearly 2 years, and is known as the official ‘welcoming committee’ – bringing a smile and warmth to residents new to Lord Dufferin. As for the staff, she remarks that you couldn’t find a nicer group of girls. You’ll often find her taking part in the many socials and activities LDC offers – getting together with the ladies & gentleman to laugh and enjoy life. Orma is well known for her positive attitude, and is grateful that she had been blessed with good friends, a good life and happy healthy children. Following is an excerpt from one of her many poems, this one written in celebration of her 50th anniversary in 1995:
I’m looking back on our life today,
I’d like to make one wish, if I may
May each one of you
Have the joy that we knew
When you celebrate your golden wedding day.
We should all have the energy and enthusiasm for life that Marjory Morphy has. Originally from Ottawa area, Marjory attended school in Kitchener, and trained for her Reg. N. Qualification at Wellesley Hospital, in Toronto. Her interest was medical nursing, and she worked at various hospitals in Toronto, before returning to school in 1967 to pursue a brand new career.
Motivated by a love of books and knowledge, Marjory eventually earned a masters degree as a Health Science Librarian, a career she enjoyed for the next 20 years until her retirement in 1996. While going to school and advancing her career, Marjory still found time to enjoy a number of hobbies, such as reading, puzzles, crocheting and knitting. Since retiring, she has participated in several volunteer activities, including running a Vacation Bible School, in Duntroon and attending the Christian Women’s Club, in Shelburne. For the past 11 years she has been and continues to be, a volunteer of the Headwaters Health Care Centre. She is a member of the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee, and has been a driving force behind organizing the library at Lord Dufferin Centre. Wow!
After retirement Marjory moved to the Terra Nova area, but felt the harsh winters and distance from amenities to be quite challenging. A move to town was in order. In June, Marjory celebrated 2 years living in Lord Dufferine Centre with no regrets in her decision. She enjoys being close to local shopping (she’ll still hop in her car and go to the Orangeville Mall), and loves the convenience of the dining room, no more cooking or dishes! She has embraced the freedom Lord Dufferin Centre offers and is a great contributer to the community.