Banwell Gardens celebrates how seniors are making a difference from coast to coast


In recognition of Seniors Month, Banwell Gardens Care Centre, hosted a number of public events from June 3rd to June 10th, celebrating Seniors "Making a Difference" from coast to coast. The events included a wide range of interests from Health and Fitness to Theatre, Culture and Music, History and inspirational Story Telling.

St. John’s actor Lisa Hurd kicked off the celebratory week by presenting the extraordinary one-woman play “Dance Like a Butterfly” at the Banwell Community Church. The play deals with the emotions experienced by elderly people when they realize they must give up their independence. 

Residents, community members, friends and staff of Banwell Gardens also welcomed Dan McGuire to the home. Through music and storytelling, Dan, with the help of a few others, shared with us his story of heroism and courage when embarking on a bike riding journey at age 80 across Canada, while living with Parkinson disease. His adventure started in Dawson City in the Yukon (on the most western highway bordering Alaska) and from there he proceeded down to the border of USA and British Columbia, and then all the way to the east coast of Canada. Dan completed his ride and accomplished his goals despite his diagnosis of Parkinson Disease seven years earlier, bad arthritis in his knees and hands, scoliosis and other conditions that were thought to make it impossible to complete such an extraordinary journey.

Dan flew from British Columbia, were he currently resides, to be with us in person while his story was being told.  He made many friends both at Banwell Gardens and at Lifetimes on Riverside Retirement Residence, a sister home to Banwell Gardens, where he stayed while in Windsor. 

The residents of Banwell Gardens Care Centre ended the week feeling blessed to have such a positive turnout of guest speakers and a variety of fun events in their honour!