Wild Rose Newsletter October 2022

Posted on October 20th, 2022

Meet the Wild Rose Family

With this new monthly feature, we will introduce you to one of the amazing team members of Wild Rose. These are the people who make this community such a great place to live and work!

Stella Diaz a staff member at Wild Rose senior living community

Meet Stella Diaz, a long-time team member of Wild Rose. She has been with us for 22 years! Back in 2000 when Stella first started—when Wild Rose was known as “Kingstreet Cottage”—she worked the 12-hour night shift. Stella has seen many changes at Wild Rose over the years, but just like the wild rose of Alberta, she is the most familiar “rose” at our community. 

Stella was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. After finishing school, she chose a career path as a Registered Nurse. In 1997, she made the decision to move to Canada and was recommended by a friend to work as a nanny, which she did while studying to become a Health Care Aide.  

Stella has two children: a daughter, Robin (13) and a son, Rjay (7). Stella likes to spend her free time cooking and baking for her family. When not in the kitchen, you will find Stella tending to her indoor plants and working in her garden in the summertime. Stella often brings flowers from her garden to place in the lobby at Wild Rose.  

We had the pleasure of interviewing Stella to find out more about who she is and why she loves Wild Rose. 

What makes you smile?

“When I can accomplish what I wanted to for the day! My family inspires me every day, they make me smile and they're what is the most important to me. “

What is the best compliment you have received? 

“When someone complimented me on my smile.”

What do you like most about working here?

“The seniors! I love caring for them, talking to them and hearing their stories!"

What is something we don’t know about you?

“I love to cut hair and I am pretty good at it. When I have time at work, I make sure to keep the men looking clean and sharp!”

We couldn’t be more proud to have someone like Stella working here at Wild Rose. 

Residents and staff of a seniors home dropping off all of the food collected for the Food Bank.

This September, Wild Rose gave back to our community on National Food Bank Day! On September 2nd, residents and staff held a fundraiser, along with radio station UP 99.3! We helped raised 748 pounds of food for the Edmonton Food Bank! Great fun was had by all as we danced, enjoyed ice cream, and partook in a hotdog BBQ. Thank you to all the families, friends, residents, and team members who contributed to our event, making it a resounding success. We look forward to raising even more next year.

As a team, Optima Living residences across Western Canada raised 5952 pounds of food for local food banks and charities. Read more about our food bank initiative here.

Louis Bloom in a Hawaiian outfit entertaining the residents of a senior living community outside.
Wild Rose senior home residents enjoying the Hawaiian themed Food Bank Drive.
Food Bank donations from a retirement home on a table. Cereal, soup, and other food all stacked on top of each other.
Two residents of a seniors home smiling together and enjoying the nice weather outdoors.

Staff at Wild Rose senior living community celebrating the Food Bank drive together.
Some Wild Rose senior living residents in Hawaiian Lei's enjoying the event together.

September was also a busy month at Wild Rose with lots of birthdays! We had four residents and one staff member all celebrating. In fact, three of them were all born on September 25th! We held a birthday party with live entertainment and cake on Tuesday, September 20th.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Table displaying some books, colouring sheets, and a drum for Truth and Reconciliation day in a senior living community

Resident seated and colouring with a blue crayon. A fun activity for seniors.
Senior living residents colouring pages together for Truth and Reconciliation Day.

On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our community came together in a spirit of reconciliation and hope—because Every Child Matters.

We coloured totems, read books by indigenous authors, and learned about aboriginal history. 

Senior living resident finishing her colouring page for Truth and Reconciliation Day.
Totem pole colouring pages displayed on a table in a retirement home.

Our Open House
Wild Rose senior living community exterior in fall.

The Wild Rose Open House was a success! We look forward to you dropping by next time. Click on the picture above to watch our recap video. Below, you can see the selection of food we served to residents and guests. What a delicious spread!

A charcuterie board with crackers, strawberries, and cheeses on it. Soft snacks for elderly.
Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with icing on them. Soft snacks for elderly.
Deliciously crafted appetizers on a tray. Soft snacks for elderly.
Trays of appetizers for residents to enjoy.Soft snacks for elderly.

Our Trip to Mayfield
Residents enjoying a healthy meal for seniors at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre together.
More residents enjoying a healthy meal for seniors together at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.

Optima Living TV

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