I love hearing stories. I have loved it for 25 years. I feel so much better when I leave this place each day. I love to give the seniors the respect that I feel they deserve. If they are starting to decline, I want to care even more. I feel like I know them, I know where they've been. I often pray over them - that God would take their burdens away, comfort them. I'd want someone to do the same thing for me. People say that they'd never live in a place like this - and I think it's because they don't know what life is like here. Most of my clients live in Menno Home, so they need a lot of care. I'm an artist - a bit of one, anyway! I drew a picture for West 2 that tries to capture the amazing feeling and privilege it is to be around people who have really lived life.
I know that my time left here is limited. I'm starting to feel it in my hands. I will not be happy when it's time to stop doing hair here. I love it. I got the job through God's ways. My youngest daughter played in the salon while I worked. God is my boss and he's given me a great life serving and listening and receiving, too.
I wish I'd kept track of all the people who have come through here over the years. I remember Sophie who prayed for me all the time. I miss her a lot. I have all sorts of grandmas here. There's Bill who let me learn men's cuts on his hair many many years ago. He was a principal and he always told me that my smiling face was a constant for him. When he felt his memory was slipping - and it was - he looked for those constants. Wow... I miss him. Just talking about it brings back so much...I am a sympathetic person. I like to know that when people leave this salon, they feel respected, honoured and cared for. The highest compliment is that they feel better after they've been here with me. That's what counts. ... See MoreSee Less
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Phone Numbers & Addresses
Reception: Menno Hospital: 604.859.7631
Reception: Menno Home: 604.853.2411
Reception Terrace East: 604.851.4004
Reception: Primrose Gardens: 604.851.4000
MENNO PLACE CAMPUS
Menno Place Campus is one of the largest senior's care campuses in British Columbia. There are 700 seniors living on 11 acres across from the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Menno Place is governed by the Mennonite Benevolent Society which founded faith-based seniors care on this location in 1953.