#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench

#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench

Erin Davis along with co-host Lloyd Hetherington explore friendship, tragedy, love, life, learning and so much more on our Stories from the Green Bench podcast.Your seat on the green bench is ready and waiting.

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September 28, 2021 29 min
Episode #26 - Korleen Schmidt loves to talk about the weather and explain it to those who want to know about it. She joins hosts Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington on the green bench from The Village at University Gates in Waterloo, a widow, mother of 4, grandmother of 11, talks about the full circle of her life, combining her loves of geography and theology.

”If not for the weather, we‘d have nothing to talk about.”

”In her study...
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Episode #24 - Hosts Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington are joined on the green bench by the sparkling Betty Anne Millar from Burlington, Ontario.  Fashionable in her only pair of jeans, they chat about her fairytale career in the Shopping Mall industry, dressing to raise your spirits, continuous contributions to her community, and planning for her future including getting her name on the list for a suite at The Village of Tansley ...
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Episode #20 - Beth Goodwin opens her heart and perhaps your eyes as she discusses being a caregiver to a loved one living with dementia.  Beth's husband Ed lives at The Village at University Gates in Waterloo

Offering safety, security, & love; as a primary caregiver, it is a journey you go through with your spouse and it changes every day, you never know what the next day will bring.
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Episode #14 - Talking dirty in this episode, a conversation about soil.  81-year-old Bruce MacNeil joins us on the green bench in a conversation about his love for horticulture and for being a Volunteer at The Village of Winston Park in Kitchener.
"Come on in and make yourself homely." -Bruce
As we celebrate National Volunteer Week in April, this episode is a way for us to honour those who give of their time as volunteers in ...
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Episode #13 - Hosts Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington share virtual travels with Ruth White from The Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph. This Canada Day marks her 80th Birthday and she is thrilled to share her adventures across this country in her stories from the green bench.
"It never hurts to learn new things, does it?" Ruth has a spirit of trying new things and is happy to be adding this podcast to her list.
Before bein...
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Episode #12 - This isn't David's first time in front of a mic, he's been providing entertainment for audiences for most of his life. His spirit of living life to its fullest, even as he battles a difficult health challenge, is all about connection.  David shares his Story from the Green Bench from the Schlegel Village, Pinehaven Nursing Home in Waterloo.
Born in Elmira in a little apartment over top of a blacksmith shop....
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Episode #11 - Turning the spotlight onto a man who is living an exemplary life. A life in education and theology, leading a life in service and now serving up his own wisdom, laughter, questions, and conversations every couple weeks on the green bench as our podcast co-host. 
Listen as we learn a little bit more about Lloyd Hetherington and his life leading up to being part of this podcast.
Lloyd joins us from The Village of Riversid...
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Taking a chance for a dance, a career in Nursing & Family Life, parenting with challenges. Judy Stefnitz shares her story of a varied and fascinating life with ups and downs, but she comes through shining.  Joining Erin Davis and Lloyd Hetherington on the green bench from The Village of Tansley Woods in Burlington.How do you start your day? Share with us on Twitter (@GreenBenchStory) and don't forget to use the #ElderWi...
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February 2, 2021 29 min
Episode #9 - The story of life in media, radio, tv, and print news and giving back through the Salvation Army and countless community organizations.  Doug Reed, a resident of the Ailsa Craig Neighbourhood located at The Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph, shares his story from the Green Bench in a conversation with host Erin Davis and co-host Lloyd Hetherington.Learn about Doug's passion for his work with the Salvation Army inc...
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January 19, 2021 29 min
Episode #8 - Topics of Dancing with Parkinson's, laughter, humour, spiritual awakenings with a Guru in India, and romance.The spirit and the spark, call her Dee 'Precious' as we hear her story on 'Dancing with Parkinson's', an improvement on balance and gait by using music throughout the day. "Whatever it is, the body has to keep moving no matter what." - Dee Preikschas The importance of laughter for...
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January 5, 2021 37 min
Episode #7 | A look back, a look ahead, and a look inside with Ron Schlegel. The green bench concept and the Schlegel Villages Wisdom of the Elder signature program come from Ron's message about the importance of tapping into the wisdom around us."The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the wisdom of our elders."What is wisdom? Learn about Ron's father, Wilfred, and the role model he was to hi...
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December 22, 2020 28 min
Episode #6 | 94-year-old Hank Floyd has NO REGRETS, had a great, successful life & career.  Started working at a young age, worked his way up, changed companies and careers a number of times. Joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 and served in WWII.  Hear about his management philosophy, his wisdom, and his advice for people who are entering the workforce."You don't have to be brilliant to be wise."Hank is...
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December 8, 2020 23 min
Episode #5 | Ageism is stereotyping and/or discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age. Ageism dictates that at a certain age you have to act a certain way.  We need to work together to eliminate ageism - starting with education, informing people with alternatives, and creating an environment where you value people and their contributions.  Hosts Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington welcome Barry Hickling ...
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