Fall into the Arts!

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is ready to Fall into the Arts! Arts organizations around the world are getting creative about how to fill our cravings for live music and art when getting up close and personal isn’t advisable. Westminster Canterbury residents are soaking up new experiences! Westminster Canterbury’s Sara Belle November Theater is known to local […]

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Westminster Canterbury Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Year

Westminster Canterbury Richmond first opened its doors in 1975 – 45 years ago! After a successful first few years, Westminster Canterbury Foundation was created in 1980 to inspire generosity for the Fellowship Program for seniors-in-need and other charitable programs. What an incredible 40 years it has been! In 2020, we celebrate the legacy of generosity […]

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More 2019 Accomplishments Made Possible by Generosity!

Generosity provides Music Therapy that connects residents with past memories through beloved songs and instruments. Thanks to generosity, vital programming is available to all our residents at Westminster Canterbury Richmond so they may live life well! Thanks to YOUR support of Performing Arts, 100% of performance costs in our beautiful Sara Belle November Theater are […]

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2019 Accomplishments Made Possible by Generosity!

Generosity helps all residents at Westminster Canterbury Richmond by providing vital programming that is not possible otherwise. All residents benefit from these programs – not just those who can afford them. The best possible healthcare. Additional nursing staff to enhance the care we provide. Extensive clinical training so nurses know the right ways to respond. […]

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Toe-Tapping Fun!

Many of us enjoy attending a concert or play from time to time, and though we have a great time, we may not appreciate the benefits of attending live performances.  Yet, the advantages are many and they continue from childhood through our older years. In fact, the National Institutes of Health cite that arts engagement […]

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Thank You to our Staff

When you walk through the doors of Westminster Canterbury Richmond, it doesn’t take long before you are greeted by a smiling face and warm hello. Everywhere you turn, that warm experience repeats. Hello. Good morning. Have a good day. You find yourself smiling and returning the well wishes to someone you just met. The joy […]

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Cultural and Educational Series

Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Cultural and Educational Series allows residents and guests to experience a wide variety of engaging and entertaining performances, lectures, excursions and more. This collection of events and activities showcases how each department is connected and works together to put on a show for all audiences. In this season’s playbill, residents are able […]

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Roof Terrace Chamber Series

With the Tower Renovation project complete, Westminster Canterbury Richmond gained a beautiful new Roof Terrace. This space has been used for events, meetings, parties, and now, chamber concerts. With the view of downtown Richmond as the backdrop, we have been holding smaller, more intimate chamber performances that give our residents the opportunity to see world-class […]

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Intergenerational Interaction Yields Positive Results

A sure sign of summer here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond is the sight of smiling teens, ages 13 – 18, adorned in their new white polo shirts and red string badges, walking the hallways, ready to serve as summer volunteers! Some are newbies, feeling timid at first. Others are veterans, willing to start more adventures […]

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Building Blitz Makes An Impact

When more than 100 dedicated employees join together for an awesome cause — creating ramps for seniors with mobility challenges — the results are dynamic!  Last week, Westminster Canterbury Richmond held its Second Annual Ramp Building Blitz with our partner, project:HOMES.  Teams came out to the tents on our campus, learned the process, and went […]

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Groundbreaking for a New Spiritual Enrichment Center

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is growing from our roots in faith in a new way. On Wednesday, May 22, we will celebrate the groundbreaking for a new Spiritual Enrichment Center located front and center on our campus on 1600 Westbrook Avenue. Westminster Canterbury was founded by the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches in 1971 and opened in […]

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Doing the Twist!

Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents and staff twisted away to the music of The Drifters, who performed on our Sara Belle November Theater stage on Monday, February 25.  The audience sang along with the well-known songs and danced on stage and in the aisles! What fun!

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Happy New Year!

What a great year 2019 will be – a year for all of us to relish the blessing of living. Without thinking much about it, we refer to aging as though this is a category for people over a certain age. But the truth is, we’re all aging – from the time we’re born forward. […]

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The Lamp: Let Me Tell You a Story

Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Summer 2018 issue of The Lamp features stories about how donors to Westminster Canterbury Foundation support our workforce, who are the drivers of innovation on our campus. Learn more about how their big ideas ensure the best life possible for our residents and cultivate leadership in senior services. These are your stories because you […]

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Happy Independence Day from Westminster Canterbury Richmond!

On Independence Day, the United States of America commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we celebrate in style! One of the highlights of the year is our Independence Day parade, where residents, employees, and children from our Child Development Center come together to showcase their […]

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So Much to See and Do at Westminster Canterbury Richmond!

We are never bored. Every month, every week, nearly every day, there are countless opportunities for fun and engagement at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Life enrichment and cultural arts are a big aspect of ensuring the best life possible for our residents. These ideas are apparent in our extensive calendar of regular activities. In the Sara […]

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Have You Read It? Have You Watched It?

Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Annual Report this year is a little different. Not only can you learn about what it takes to ensure our residents live life well and read feature stories about our great programs and activities, you can also watch video highlights of campus news and events. Everything from performance highlights in our Sara […]

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Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans – The Power of a Dollar

Do you have a dollar in your pocket or purse?  I do.  To be honest, I have fairly low expectations for my dollar.  I may spend it thoughtlessly here or there, but I doubt my dollar will make much difference. Each February, Westminster Canterbury Richmond gathers to celebrate Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans, our greatest single […]

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Tower Exterior Renovation Project

Our long-awaited Tower exterior renovation project began in August and has really progressed.  The ceiling in a portion of the Roof Terrace has been raised and the 42 year-old windows are being replaced with energy-efficient glass curtain wall system. When completed, the Terrace will include fully accessible outdoor patios with new space everyone can enjoy. […]

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Start Your Holiday Shopping at our Fall Craft Fair!

Each November, Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Center for Creative Living fills with an abundance of special crafts. Artisans work year round preparing pottery, jewelry, furniture, Christmas ornaments, handmade cards, paintings and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to start your holiday shopping – or to find a perfect treasure for yourself! We will also showcase the work […]

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Celebrating our 42nd Anniversary

This week, Westminster Canterbury Richmond celebrates our 42nd Anniversary. For more than forty years our goal has been to help seniors live the best life possible. Our campus continues to improve, transforming our ability to provide excellence and compassion for our residents. Campus spaces like the Center for Creative Living, including the Cochrane Commons, Sara […]

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Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Day!

Recently, we celebrated Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Day with a campus-wide celebration of our greatest benefactor Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans and the recipients of the 2017 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award. The recipients are volunteers of our Shops on Main (Echo Shop, Treasure Chest, Furniture Room and Men’s Corner), Fall Craft Fair, Small Crafts and the […]

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Talking about Dementia

The early signs can vary. Early signs of dementia may be very subtle and vary a great deal. You might notice that your mother keeps forgetting her best friend’s telephone number or your father no longer shaves every day. Should you be alarmed? Maybe. But you should be careful how you proceed to ensure you […]

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Celebrating Generosity and Commitment

Honoring the timeless generosity of one woman and the commitment of many for our Fellowship Program. February 23 is very special at Westminster Canterbury Richmond; we will celebrate Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Day! This campus-wide event is a celebration of our greatest benefactor Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans and the volunteers of the Shops on Main […]

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Effective Exercises for Seniors

Our Westminster Canterbury Richmond Wellness and Recreation teams offer a wide variety of activities to help residents stay active. Recently we captured one of these great activities in a video. This exercise activity is facilitated by Wilmer De Vera, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and his wife, J. Tracy De Vera, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist. Residents […]

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New Resource for Memory Support!

Exciting New Resource Available from Westminster Canterbury Richmond More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today—a number expected to triple in the next 30 years. Many more experience other forms of dementia. For faith communities, this represents a crucial opportunity for ministry and practical care—one that many aren’t adequately prepared for. Amidst […]

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Accomplishments Made Possible by Donors!

Donors accomplish amazing things at Westminster Canterbury Richmond! In 2016, gifts to Westminster Canterbury Foundation totaled more than $3 million dollars. Donors support a wide variety of programming and needs, but what they truly accomplish is ensuring the best life possible to our residents. Donors to Westminster Canterbury Foundation for the Fellowship Program provide life […]

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Employee Hall of Fame

We appreciate our employees and honor their great work. Our employees are recognized for their excellent work and customer service regularly. We appreciate them for helping to ensure our residents and staff Live Life Well every day. The Hall of Fame Awards and The Brendan Hayes Appreciation Award are the highest honors given to employees […]

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Employee Fund!

Our residents wish our employees good tidings. Our residents recently showed the Westminster Canterbury Richmond staff the true meaning of the Christmas spirit and seasonal generosity. Working together, residents raised and donated a record amount of money to the Employee Christmas Fund (ECF). Full-time staff members received approximately $1,000 each (part-timers a little less) as […]

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Our Star!

The star reminds us of God’s promise. Drivers whirling down Interstate 95 now have a holiday focal point to guide their travel. Last week, we continued a 38-year-old tradition by lighting the Advent star with a program that included music and poetry and prayer. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not […]

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We Gather.

Thanksgiving is a season of gratitude. Thanksgiving is a celebration of our values. It is a time to worship and praise God for our blessings. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a feast that for many years was considered the first Thanksgiving in the New World. Virginia historians credited Berkeley Plantation with […]

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We Remember

Our veterans inspire us every day. Our veterans are fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, husbands, wives, friends, but most of all; they are patriots. Over 100 of these dedicated men and women live here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Their story is America’s story. Currently, the Main Street Gallery is alive with red, white, blue and vintage […]

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Veterans Day

We thank you for your service. Sacrifice. Duty. Honor. These qualities embody the patriots in the American story. Each Veterans Day we salute the soldiers who served in order to protect and defend our Republic. But how did this national holiday begin? Veterans Day has its roots in the temporary cessation or armistice of the […]

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We Thank You!

The season of gratitude has arrived. Is it something about the change of the calendar from October to November that gives us a rush of gratitude? Perhaps it is the anticipation of Thanksgiving or the coming December holidays, all of which celebrate the love and joy of friends and family. We don’t say thank you […]

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Fall Craft Fair!

We invite you to shop for a cause. Delight everyone on your Christmas list with a handmade gift from Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Fall Craft Fair. We plan to tempt you with a wide display of treasures created by residents, staff and community crafters. The holidays are closer than you think, so join us for a […]

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Giving Needs!

Your gifts offer hope and services to a senior-in-need. More than forty years ago, Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s founders made a commitment to excellence and compassion. Your continued support ensures that we can keep our promise that no Westminster Canterbury resident will ever be asked to leave due to an inability to pay through no fault […]

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Behind the Scenes!

Join us for a sneak peek at how our cultural arts programs are selected. Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Theater Manager, Jessica Corbitt, orchestrates the selection and implementation of our Performing Arts Seasons with the same rhythm and precision as a cha-cha. She works closely with the Performing Arts Committee, made of resident arts lovers who preview […]

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Cheers to 10 years!

Our cultural arts programs offer entertainment options for all residents, regardless of their financial circumstances. Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Performing Arts program combines excellence and compassion and offers stimulating experiences, while providing a venue for performers to connect with an appreciative audience who may no longer be able to attend elsewhere. “Performing Arts exposure is a […]

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Fall Fun!

Our Cultural and Educational Series celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Sara Belle November Theater. A doggie thrill show, Mutts Gone Nuts, is among the fun, interesting and engaging theatrical offerings this fall. High-flying Frisbee dogs, dancing dogs and magic dogs will entertain residents and friends in the Sara Belle November Theater. Westminster Canterbury Richmond […]

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Summer Classes!

Lifelong learning provides social and cognitive benefits. Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents regularly gathered over the summer to give their minds a workout with classes on everything from conversational French to writers addressing life’s final chapter. The case for lifelong learning has increased due to more and more research being published on the benefits of keeping […]

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Getting Around!

Accessible transportation for seniors helps to keep them active and engaged. Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents have a lot of opportunities to attend events on and off campus. Our Transportation Department gives our seniors the mobility they might now lack to live an active, fun life filled with the events they have always enjoyed. Losing mobility […]

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Innovative Generosity

Small grants make a big difference in supporting our mission. Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s role as a leader in senior living is enhanced by grants for innovation and leadership, which are a further example of our goal to be mission-focused and people-centered. Gifts from generous donors help us honor our values and achieve our vision to […]

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Innovation Grants!

Our generous donors help us keep our promises. Each year, the Westminster Canterbury Foundation Board of Trustees reviews the areas of greatest need on our campus and uses undesignated gifts from generous donors to fill those needs. These grants, focusing on developing and sustaining leadership and innovation, vary in amount, but all have a big […]

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Wave the Flag!

Our patriots celebrated American independence with tradition and fun. The American flag is raised daily at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Red, white and blue can be seen snapping in the breeze on a windy morning or as an accent to a clear blue afternoon sky. The stars and stripes are a vibrant reminder of the American […]

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Memorial Day!

We honor and celebrate. Originating as Decoration Day, Memorial Day became an official Federal holiday in 1966. The exact origins of this patriotic holiday are disputed, with at least five towns claiming to have given birth to it sometime near the end of the Civil War. The love and reverence for this day are indisputable […]

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Residents and Children Share a Special Bond!

Our Intergenerational Program promotes love and friendship What can a toddler teach a senior? A lot. Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Intergenerational Program brings the two age groups together and fuses two common needs: to share and to be loved. “Our commitment to improving the lives of those we serve includes providing opportunities for rich and meaningful […]

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National Nurses Week!

We celebrate our own. Residents need them. Families depend on them. And we are celebrating them this week. Westminster Canterbury Richmond, in recognition of National Nurses Week, annually presents awards to exceptional nursing employees who perform many functions 24 hours a day to ensure all residents receive the care and concern they deserve. Our unique […]

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Housekeeping Offers Service and Love

A daily devotion sets the stage for kindness and hugs. When the Westminster Canterbury Richmond housekeeping staff makes its daily rounds, tidying up a resident’s apartment is not the only agenda. “Housekeepers and residents share a spiritual and emotional bond and that is key,” says Naomi Hines, manager housekeeping and laundry. “Our staff gets to […]

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Jazzy Evening!

The Last Southern Gentlemen Tour. Toes were tapping and shoulders were moving to the beat Monday evening! When Delfeayo Marsalis, pictured left with resident Suzanne Pollard (a jazz singer herself!), took the stage in Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Sara Belle November Theater for The Last Southern Gentlemen Tour. The audience’s energy and excitement were palpable. The […]

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Healthcare Excellence!

Our innovative Preceptor Program gives our nurses the skills to excel. Peace of mind. We often hear this phrase from family members who have loved ones as residents of Westminster Canterbury Richmond. This is especially important when residents need healthcare. Our nurses play a critical role in our healthcare excellence, and in order to ensure […]

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