August 13, 2019

True Belongings


Lois Graham

Mrs. Graham celebrating her 90th birthday with family, friends and Mayor, Dave Barrow

True Belongings don’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are. At Richmond Hill Retirement Residence, we deeply encourage this for all our residents and feel that a sense of belonging simply starts with a warm welcome.

Our amazing staff and resident-run Ambassadors committee are always welcoming guests and newcomers with open arms.

A comfortable fine dining experience with fellow neighbors and an abundance of social activities, it’s hard not to make friends and this was just the case for Mrs. Lois Graham.

Like some of you readers, Lois was a resident of the Millpond for 50 years and resident of Richmond Hill for over 60 years. As she sits in my office to tell me stories about when her and her beloved husband Tom Graham and family moved, they were one of the first to reside in Millpond. She jokingly tells me that since then, “Millpond has indeed changed a little”.

It wasn’t until last summer when Mrs. Graham decided that it was time to make a change. Change is a funny thing. It can be a challenge for most and probably one of the biggest fears when it comes to deciding to live in a retirement residence. However, witnessing our residents at Richmond Hill Retirement Residence over the duration of 6 ½ years, make that that transition into retirement living, I know how pivotal it can be and such a very rewarding outcome.

That’s not to say there might not be some bumps along the way, “that’s life” as Mrs. Graham says.

At Richmond Hill Retirement Residence we strive to make those little bumps along the way as smooth as they can be.

With great networking skills, Richmond Hill Retirement Residence will assist when it comes to finding reputable, very professional moving companies, downsizers and more, to help make any move an easy one.

Since Mrs. Graham moved into Richmond Hill Retirement Residence just shy of 1 year ago, she has been nothing but a ray of sunshine. Always positive and upbeat, easy to talk to and very witty. It’s no wonder that everyone at Richmond Hill Retirement Residence was excited to make her acquaintance and become her friend. On most days, or should I say every day, no matter what the weather is serving us, Lois loves to go for walks. At Richmond Hill Retirement Residence one of our many activities, GoForLife walking club is a big interest of Lois, as well as our beautiful garden complete with a walking path that wraps around our residence. Perfect for walkers, hikers, nature goers and even residents who have pets.

We are so happy that Lois is a part of our Richmond Hill Retirement Residence family and are thrilled to know that we were able to help with this new chapter in her life. We look forward to expanding our family and continue to enhance and create more memorable experiences in our residents’ lives. Whether you are seeking the perfect retirement community for yourself, loved one or simply curious about our lifestyle at Richmond Hill Retirement Residence, please call Disiree or Mackenzie at 905-770-4704 to book a lunch and a tour. We look forward to hearing from you.


By Disiree Onistchenko
Marketing Manager at Richmond Hill Retirement Residence, Verve Senior Living