Our Roots in Faith Call Us to Love…

Love, however, is often not easy – and infinitely difficult to know how it should look in community, in our homes and in the broader marketplace.  We acknowledge with deep humility that mere words cannot convey the pain and sorrow experienced in our country now, nor how that pain has been experienced for centuries.  We […]

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Join Us in Honoring Our Veterans

A huge thank you to all of the residents and staff who worked so hard to create this Memorial Day program. The prerecorded event aired on our in-house TV station and our YouTube channel so residents, families and friends could share this moving tribute to all those who have served our country. We invite you […]

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Leadership in Senior Services

One of Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s values is leadership – maintaining a position of excellence in the senior services industry. Much of that focus is on ensuring we have the right employees in the right roles and offering them excellent training. We also serve as leaders outside of our walls, sharing our resources and expertise while […]

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So Proud of Our Nursing Team!

During National Nurses Week, we thanked, honored and celebrated our nursing staff at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. National Nurses Day was on May 12, in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale was born 200 years ago today, and she is known as the founder of modern nursing. She is best known for redefining nursing as […]

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Celebrating our Amazing Volunteers and Staff!

This week, we celebrate National Volunteer Week and Careers in Aging Week, honoring all who help others in so many ways. At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we are so fortunate to have more than 500 residents and non-residents volunteer on campus. These hardworking people do so much: serving with Pastoral Care, transporting residents to and from […]

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Inspiring Women

When you hear these words, what do you think of?  Strength. Assertiveness. Empathy. Passion. Imperfection. Power. Faith. Adaptability. Courage. Perseverance.  These are frequently mentioned characteristics to describe strong, successful and admired women.  We love that “imperfection” is a valued trait – because authenticity is important to success. This week at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we celebrate […]

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Celebrating Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s 2020 Laurel Award Winners!

We are fortunate to live in a time when views on what aging and elderhood “should be” are changing for the better. Once thought of as a “last chapter” of life, a time to slow down and disengage, more and more people are embracing elderhood and aging as a time of renewal and life enrichment. […]

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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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The Big Red Bus

Kathryn Murden recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts and shortly after that started working at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. She has quickly become a valuable member of our team who created wonderful original designs and illustrations for our many publications. Kathryn designed a full bus wrap that advertises that we are hiring […]

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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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Will You Choose to Help Your Neighbors-in-Need?

“Without Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s Fellowship Program, I don’t know what would have become of me. After my parents’ and my husband’s illnesses and the cost of their medical care, I had very few options. The Fellowship Program literally saved my life. Now, I no longer spend my nights awake, wondering if I should buy food […]

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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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Live Life Well – An Inspirational Story of Generosity

When it comes to thinking about people as they age, is it possible you have some misperceptions?  Do you think of aging in terms of frailty and decreased activity?  Or do you picture active, vibrant people deepening their lives in ways that matter most to them? Our most recent annual report, which chronicles 2018, explores […]

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Westminster Canterbury Richmond earns LeadingAge Virginia’s Workplace Excellence Award

At the LeadingAge Virginia conference in Norfolk, Virginia, on June 5-7, it was announced that Westminster Canterbury Richmond earned the Workplace Excellence Award thanks to our commitment to staff and community. This award recognizes a LeadingAge Virginia member community that demonstrates investment in their staff and workplace environment for the delivery of quality care and […]

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Celebrating and Thanking our Nursing Staff!

At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we are so fortunate to count amongst our wonderful workforce more than 200 members of the nursing profession. These caring teammates are a very special part of the Westminster Canterbury family. We have more than 75 Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses and more than 130 Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) across Independent […]

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Technology Programs at Westminster Canterbury Richmond

Technologies today enable people to stay connected and promote interactions among individuals with similar interests. For older adults, technology can improve quality of life. However, many may feel overwhelmed or intimidated when it comes to learning how to use it. Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s resident-led Technology Committee offers educational courses and seminars providing residents with the […]

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READY, SET, GO!

Few doubt that regular attention to fitness is a necessity for good health. But many of us struggle to include fitness in the routines of life. At Westminster Canterbury Richmond, our wellness staff launched Flash Fitness to encourage employees to get up and away from their duties and take a quick break for ten minutes […]

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Technology and Innovation for Seniors

Technology is a huge part of life for all ages, including seniors! Many technology-based solutions allow people to live independently for longer, something more and more older Americans want. For example, Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing apps are popular with older adults who do not drive any longer but still want and need to travel […]

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More Mission to More People

Since 1975, Westminster Canterbury Richmond has been helping seniors-in-need through our Fellowship Program by providing life care through housing, meals, medical expenses and access to all the vital living we have to offer. Each year, around 110 seniors receive support on our campus. Since the program began, more than 550 individuals have received more than […]

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Every Mission Needs People to Make it Happen!

Here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, we believe deeply in our mission of improving the lives of those we serve every day.  We’re committed to ensuring the best life possible for our residents and to cultivating leadership in senior services. But this mission can’t gain traction without people.  And not just any people – we rely […]

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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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Senior Summer

The Senior Summer program at Westminster Canterbury Richmond provides learning opportunities to hundreds of residents each year. The program, which is the brain child of resident and founder Ann Archer, is hugely popular among residents and recently became available to those on our resident wait list. For the first interview in our new TV970 studio […]

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Partnering with project:HOMES to Help Seniors-in-Need in Greater Richmond

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is committed to expanding our mission by reaching out into the community to help seniors-in-need. This year, we began a partnership with project:HOMES to build and install ramps on the homes of seniors who are unable to leave their homes without this special addition. Our employees have been working to raise the […]

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National Volunteer Week

Westminster Canterbury Richmond celebrated National Volunteer Week from April 15-21, 2018.  This week was designated to thank volunteers across the nation who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in the community.   On Tuesday, April 17, we celebrated our resident volunteers with a fun and delicious dessert party. These residents […]

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John Burns on Reaching Out

Hi – I’m John Burns, President and CEO of Westminster Canterbury Richmond, and I’m pleased to be able to share with you an update about an exciting project being led by our workforce. Last year, Westminster Canterbury Foundation completed a Community Needs Assessment that explored barriers to healthy aging in greater Richmond. We know the […]

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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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John Burns on Leadership

Hello – I’m John Burns, the President and CEO of Westminster Canterbury, and I enjoy writing to you from time-to-time through this blog. Recently, our Pastoral Care team published our 2018 devotion booklet, A Lenten Journey, our 21st collection of writings by staff and residents. Annually we distribute 7,000 of these to local churches and […]

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Reflections of an Emerging Leader

The first thing our group of twelve classmates heard was,  “No matter what your title or what your role here, you are a leader.” More than a few of us looked doubtful. Our trainers, Sherldean Jones, Manager Learning and Development, and Denise Diehl, Learning and Development Specialist, would have their work cut out for them. […]

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Live Life Well RVA Symposium

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST START AT 8 A.M. SYMPOSIUM: 9 – 11:30 A.M.   Westminster Canterbury Richmond Center for Creative Living 1600 Westbrook Avenue Richmond, Virginia   Imagine an RVA where all neighbors live life well. Leaders will share ways to improve the lives of all citizens, particularly those entering elderhood, as […]

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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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Preventing Falls at Home

Tips for preventing falls. Currently, falls are the leading cause of injury for adults aged 60 and over. Kristin Goodwin is a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy student and intern with Genesis, the rehabilitation services provider at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Kristin suggests the following safety assessment and tips to help keep you safe during everyday activities […]

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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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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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New Year’s Wishes!

Make 2017 a year of gratitude. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, why not choose to be grateful every day? You might consider a gratitude journal to regularly record your blessings. Spread your joy into the world in 2017 by volunteering. There are many benefits to the recipient and the giver. If your family is […]

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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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Inspire Generosity!

Seniors-in-need depend on our Fellowship Program. Unexpected life circumstances can rewrite your family’s future. Good financial decisions and frugal living are the building blocks of solid retirement planning, but illness or a long life can make you come up short financially. More than forty years ago, Westminster Canterbury’s founders committed to excellence and compassion. Today, […]

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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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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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Hands of Love.

An outstretched hand is an invitation to fill a need with a hug, smile or special program. Sometimes just our hands tell a full story. That is certainly true here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Hands fold in prayer and join in showing appreciation for an inspiring performance. Hands of caretakers offer loving care. The hands […]

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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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