Happy Father’s Day – June 19th – Parties all over the campus!

Fathers Day Menno PlaceHome

W1 – 2:30pm: Ties and Pies – Thomas the One Man Band

W2: 2:30pm: Ties and Pies – Music by Cathy

E1 – 2:00pm: Hans Fedrau Music

E2 – 2:00pm – Ties and Pies – George Ellington as Frank Sinatra



For everyone – 2pm – Johnny Cash Band in E1


The Apartments

8:30am – Men’s Breakfast – Terrace East Dining Room

Classic Car & Ice Cream Social – Canada Day Celebration – June 30th!

You are invited to enjoy a courtyard of classic cars, music by the Pentones and an Ice Cream Social!

When: Tuesday, June 30th

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Menno Place Courtyard

Summer Family Times – Join us for the Fun!



June 2 – Concert in Care: Hospital Chapel at 10:30 am

June 12 – Grand Opening of the new gardens on Primrose Street at 2:30 pm

June 19 – Father’s Day Fundraising BBQ – proceeds go to Menno Hospital Auxiliary  – 11am – 2pm
Father’s Day Basket Raffle – winner will be drawn on this day

June 30 – Canada Day Celebration and Classic Car Show  – 11am – 3:30pm
Hamburger BBQ fundraiser – proceeds go to Recreation programs


July 7 – Concert in Care: Hospital Chapel at 10:3o am

July 9 –  Music in the Courtyard at  2:30 pm

July 23 –  Music in the Courtyard at 2:30 pm

July 27 – Picnic in the Park (Hosted by Community Services at Mill Lake)


August 6 – Family BBQ at the Apartments! Buy your tickets from Receptionists at Terrace East and Primrose Gardens.

August 12 – Hot Dog & Corn fundraiser BBQ- proceeds go to Recreation programs  – 11am – 2pm

August 13 – Music in the Courtyard at 2:30pm

August 27 – Music in the Courtyard at 2:30pm

August 28 – Cornfest and Hamburger BBQ – proceeds go to Recreation programs  – 11am – 2pm


September 12 – Grandparent’s Day Fair with bouncy castles, cotton candy and entertainment  – 11am – 2pm



Concert in Care – July 7 – You’re Invited

Families & Friends are invited to enjoy our next Concert in Care

Since 2006, over 8,000 high-quality professional Concerts in Care have brought the rich experience of performance arts to people in residential care across Canada.

Date: July 7, 2015

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Hospital Chapel




Pianist Kenneth Broadway’s career has taken him throughout the world as soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician. He is most recognized for his work with pianist Ralph Markham as part of one the world’s most accomplished piano duos. Together they performed in most of the major European and North American concert halls, as well as with many prominent orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia Hungarica, and the San Francisco, Atlanta and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, he has also appeared internationally with many leading instrumentalists and singers. He now enjoys living in Vancouver and teaching in his private studio.



Flutist Mark McGregor was born and raised in Vancouver. His music tuition includes studies in Montréal, Paris, Sydney (Australia) and at the University of British Columbia. He has performed with the Vancouver and Victoria Symphonies, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. To date he has performed over 190 concerts for the Health Arts Society.





This event has been made possible by: Menno Place, BMO Financial Group and Health Arts Society

Updates around the campus

The Menno Place campus has a wide variety of spaces – from the new Primrose Gardens to the older buildings at Menno Home. We are working strategically to update spaces on the campus to create a more home-like environment for our residents. Here are some of the updates that have recently been completed:

Hospital W2 – Fireplace and Television rooms updated

Hospital E1 – Chairs and patio tables added to the patio, along with a gate and path that makes it easier for E1 residents to enjoy the Living Waters Garden

Apartments – Terrace Bistro was painted and updated with new floors

Home – Chairs and umbrellas added to the courtyard garden

We had a Happy Mother’s Day!

The women in The Apartments enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch served up by the staff at Menno Place!

High Tea at Menno Home

IMG_2686High Tea was held at Menno Home in March – a wonderful and sophisticated outing for those who are living with dementia. Finger sandwiches, Scones with Devonshire & Jam, Chocolate Cupcakes, Lemon Tartlets, Mini Quiche, Smoked Salmon and Capers… can’t you taste it?!

Getting to Know Our Team – Ruth Neufeld, Social Services

Have you seen Ruth Neufeld around the Menno Place campus? Her role is Social Services Worker.  Her office is located in Menno Home, W1 near the multi-purpose room. Ruth has worked at Menno Place since October 2005.


Here are some of Ruth’s s answers to the Getting to Know You Interview:

Q: What roles have you had in your years at Menno Place?

A: I began as a program assistant in Recreation, providing music with my violin and working in Pastoral Care before I moved into Social Services.

Q: What training do you have in order to do your work here at Menno Place?

A: I have several years of training in theology – from Columbia Bible College, Edmonton Baptist Seminary and Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg. I also have a Community Support Worker Certificate and Social Services Diploma from the University of the Fraser Valley. I did some further social work studies at Tabor College in Kansas. My lifelong training includes volunteering in various communities in seniors’ homes for more than 25 years, church ministry and mission work.

Q: What do you do to relax?

A: I love to read, listen to music, go boating with my husband, Jim, and garden in the summer.

Q: What is your favourite thing about working at Menno Place?

A: I love meeting our residents, getting to know them and their life story, and working together with a cohesive committed team that share common values. I also love meeting the caregivers and family members of our residents.

Q: What is your favourite place that you’ve been to?

A: I was enthralled with the rugged terrain and stunning beauty of the Cinque Terre in Italy. Off the beaten path the world here is slow paced and carefree, the people warm and engaging.

Q: What was your first job?

A: I came to Abbotsford from Edmonton to pick raspberries one summer when I was in high school.

Q: Who knows you best?

A: My mother.




Concert in Care – June 2 – You’re Invited

Families & Friends are invited to enjoy the April Concert in Care

Since 2006, over 8,000 high-quality professional Concerts in Care have brought the rich experience of performance arts to people in residential care across Canada.

Date: June 2, 2015

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Hospital Chapel



Alan Matheson1

Alan Matheson is a Canadian trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger. He currently teaches trumpet and jazz piano at the University of British Columbia, and jazz studies at Vancouver Community College and Capilano College in North Vancouver. He is the leader of his own big band, directed the CBC Jazz Orchestra in broadcast tributes to Duke Ellington and Paul Whiteman, and is musical director of the Festival Vancouver Big Band. He has performed with Mel Torme, Cleo Laine, Louis Bellson and Doc Cheatham, and at the Vancouver, Montreal and Paris jazz festivals. His compositions and arrangements have been played by leading jazz players, and, in Vancouver, by percussionist, Salvador Ferreras and French hornist Martin Hackleman. Alan’s personal jazz favorites are Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Clark Terry and Woody Shaw. www.alanmatheson.com


Rob McKenzie1

Rob McKenzie has performed with orchestras, chamber ensembles, big bands, jazz and rock groups, played in concerts, musicals, with touring groups and on studio sessions for television and radio with many of the well-known jazz musicians in Canada and the US. He also leads his own group, Solid Brass, a jazz nonet featuring five of the West Coast’s finest trombonists. Rob’s other musical passion is composing. From an early age he was interested in all kinds of music, studied both jazz and classical, which resulted in an advanced degree in music composition from UBC. A number of his compositions have been recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio and at the Vancouver and Montreal Jazz Festivals. Rob teaches trombone, composition, theory and arranging at Vancouver Community College.





This event has been made possible by: Menno Place, BMO Financial Group and Health Arts Society

$1145.30 Raised for High/Low Bed

Thank you to the Auxiliary members for their work in fundraising for Menno Place residents!

Yvonne Miller, Melita Thomas, Ann Brown, Nellie VanderWart, Kathleen Hay, Rose Apolzer (absent), Grace Friesen. Hilde Wiebe, Executive Director of Care Services is pictured with the group.

The Menno Hospital Auxiliary hosted the Abbotsford Male Chorus Benefit Concert on April 18th, 2015 raising $1145.30 for the purchase of a high/low bed.

High/ Low beds are ideal for residents who are at risk of falling.

The high position eases strain on caregivers. The low position reduces risk of injury from resident fall.