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Pen Pals to Seniors

By Sue McCarthy

Pen Pals to Seniors

Mar 1, 2021 - By Sue McCarthy

The seniors at a nearby residence have been feeling isolated during the pandemic. Family and friends have not been able to visit very much and outings have been restricted.

In February, HCCA’s  Valentine’s for Seniors initiative was embraced with much excitement, as staff handed out the cards dropped off by our wonderful community neighbours.

“We passed (the cards) out on Sunday during lunch time and everyone was so excited and felt special receiving so many cards. It really meant a lot. One of our residents actually wanted to know if she could write a letter back to them to thank them personally?”
— Danielle Barnard, Retirement Living Consultant, Chartwell Bridlewood Retirement Residence.

The HCCA has coordinated again with the residence to initiate a Pen-Pal Program with our community.

Would you like to be a penpal for a lonely senior? 
To begin, please mail the following information for the staff at the retirement residence, and they will match you to a senior. 1) Your name, 2) address, 3) describe your hobbies and interests.

Please mail or drop off a letter to

Re: Pen-Pals to Seniors
Chartwell Bridlewood Retirement Residence
3998 Bridlepath Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1T 4H4

Community is about connections.
Let’s help each other!


One thought on “Pen Pals to Seniors

  1. Is there an email address I can contact? I have an eager class of grade 9 students who would like to participate.

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