Carlton House celebrates 10 years on The Avenue

Oak Bay seniors residence welcomed guests and residents for a special celebration

  • Sep. 17, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Rod Prewett

Jennifer Blyth

Oak Bay News

Carlton House marked a decade on The Avenue Tuesday with a grand celebration for residents and neighbours.

“I’m so excited to be part of the success of this building,” said Terez Payette, executive director, Carlton House of Oak Bay, in welcoming guests and dignitaries to the event.

“It’s been a beautiful experience with wonderful owners and wonderful staff and residents.”

In recalling all who worked together to make the dream of a seniors’ residence in the village a reality, “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years,” said Rod Prewett, Director of Carlton House.

“I can’t imagine not having Carlton House here; it seems like it’s always been here.”

Prewett recalled for guests how the idea for the residence was born.

“The idea of Carleton House started on June 27, the year 2000 and it was a long road … but now here we are with Carlton House taking its place in the community,” he said, recognizing the hard work of the many who were instrumental in the process, including Dr. Brian Carr-Smith and wife Sara, architects Bas Smith and Joe Newell, and community members including long-time municipal council members including Mayor Nils Jensen, former mayor Christopher Causton and former councillor Peter Bunn.

“It’s part of the community and it’s as if it has always been here,” Nils Jensen told the assembled crowd, which included residents Grace Telford and Murray and Merrill Cook, who have called Carlton House home for the full 10 years.

Inviting guests to raise a glass, “it’s a toast to the visionaries … it’s a toast to the incredible staff and the third part of the toast is to the wonderful residents,” Jensen said.

When plans were first underway for the building, Sara Carr-Harris stipulated that the two plum trees her mother had planted on the property be retained.

Unfortunately one succumbed this year, so the celebration concluded with a tree-planting ceremony with Carr-Harris, Prewett, Jensen and Causton, who helped plant a new plum tree on the corner of Oak Bay Avenue and Elgin Road.



Just Posted

40 BC authors collaborate on new book celebrating the islands of the Salish Sea

Ivan Watson Special to the News Marion Cumming’s hilltop property near McNeil… Continue reading

Showers ahead in Wednesday’s forecast

Plus a look ahead at your weekend

Saanich councillor slams McKenzie Interchange Project

Coun. Judy Brownoff said the project will only create more greenhouses gases and traffic

Fairfield plan ‘counterintuitive’ to affordability aims, says working group member

Plan for Victoria neighbourhood heads to public hearing Sept. 12

Saanich approves new eight- and 11-storey residence buildings for UVic

Residents also supported the environmentally friendly residences

VIDEO: Come along for the ride on Tour de Victoria

Reporter captures video footage of his Tour de Victoria ride

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

Vancouver Island RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly Qualicum Beach woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Pregnant teachers fight to change WorkSafeBC compensation rules

Agency does not recognize risk to unborn babies when mother catches illness from work

Families want Island Health to take over seniors home

Letter campaign points out longstanding issues at the Comox Valley residence

Most Read