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Storytelling Podcasts

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. The Green Bench is a symbol of elder wisdom. Physically or virtually, the bench invites us all to sit alongside a senior, share a conversation or give and offer advice. It challenges the stigma seniors face; the ageism still so prevalent in society. It reminds us of the wealth of wisdom our elders offer and in doing so, helps restore them to a place of reverence. Your seat on the green bench is ready and waiting.

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. The Green Bench is a symbol of elder wisdom. Physically or virtually, the bench invites us all to sit alongside a senior, share a conversation or give and offer advice. It challenges the stigma seniors face; the ageism still so prevalent in society. It reminds us of the wealth of wisdom our elders offer and in doing so, helps restore them to a place of reverence. Your seat on the green bench is ready and waiting.

Location:

Canada

Description:

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. The Green Bench is a symbol of elder wisdom. Physically or virtually, the bench invites us all to sit alongside a senior, share a conversation or give and offer advice. It challenges the stigma seniors face; the ageism still so prevalent in society. It reminds us of the wealth of wisdom our elders offer and in doing so, helps restore them to a place of reverence. Your seat on the green bench is ready and waiting.

Language:

English

Contact:

5194965984


Episodes

14. Bruce MacNeil - Growing a garden, a community and friendships through volunteerism

4/13/2021
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 whatever they choose to do for their communities. "Thank you to...

Duration:00:25:18

13. Ruth White -Canada road trips, living and sailing in Bermuda, and a spirit of trying new things

3/30/2021
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 being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, she was always ready for an...

Duration:00:28:50

12. David Boehm - A musician living life to its fullest, technology, connections, and dreaming

3/16/2021
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. Has lived in Waterloo for most of his life, with some time in Toronto...

Duration:00:28:34

11. Lloyd Hetherington - A life in education, in service, and now our podcast co-host

3/2/2021
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 Riverside Glen retirement home Guelph. "My life has just blossomed...

Duration:00:28:55

10. Judy Stefnitz - A chance for a dance, career in nursing, and parenting with challenges

2/16/2021
Episode #10 - 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, and 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 #ElderWisdom tag. Judy starts her day with brain exercises,...

Duration:00:30:26

9. Doug Reed - Life in media and giving back through the Salvation Army

2/2/2021
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 including being a welcome sargeant, hosting services, setting up a...

Duration:00:32:11

8. Dee Preikschas - Dancing with Parkinson's and the importance of humour in our day

1/19/2021
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 Dee and how to help others smile and laugh together. Dee meets a spiritual leader, a...

Duration:00:33:56

7. Ron Schlegel - Family business in Senior Living and more, stories from the Olympics and Innovation

1/5/2021
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 him and his grandchildren. Senior Living as a family business and the roles...

Duration:00:37:38

6. Hank Floyd - A life with no regrets, servant leadership and various workplaces

12/22/2020
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 joined by our hosts Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington virtually from The...

Duration:00:29:57

5. Barry Hickling - Discrimination through ageism, working with the Ontario Association of Residents' Councils and hope for the future

12/8/2020
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 from The Village of Aspen Lake in Windsor for a conversation about...

Duration:00:19:49

4. Louise Jolliffe - Women in the workplace, loving the work you do, and a variety of hobbies

11/24/2020
Episode #4 | Women in the workplace, loving the work you do, being fired due to pregnancy, making dreams come true & a variety of hobbies including knitting & crocheting are the topics of conversation on the green bench. Erin Davis and co-host Lloyd Hetherington welcome Louise Jolliffe, a resident at The Village of Aspen Lake in Windsor, to share her stories and wisdom with us. According to a piece in Bustle, called “11 Old Lady Hobbies it’s OK to Love in Your 20s” there is renewed and...

Duration:00:22:07

3. Doug Gilmour - A story of a successful life amongst tragedies, overcoming adversity with persistence

11/10/2020
Episode #3 | Erin Davis along with co-host Lloyd Hetherington join Doug Gilmour on the green bench (virtually) to share his life experiences, trials, triumphs, and wisdom with you. Doug is a resident at The Village of Riverside Glen, a Schlegel Village, in Guelph, Ontario. His passions include family, trout fishing, square dancing, and writing - including his book, A Successful Life: Overcoming Adversity with Persistence. *More about Doug's Book Subscribe for additional episodes on your...

Duration:00:26:47

2. Sally Carter - A career educating in food service, traveling, family and relationships

10/27/2020
Episode #2 | Erin Davis along with co-host Lloyd Hetherington join Sally Carter on the green bench (virtually) to explore relationships, family, travel, career, and more. Sally is a resident at The Village of Erin Meadows, a Schlegel Village, in Mississauga, Ontario. She shares stories and knowledge gained through her work as an educator in the food industry, her travels, and family relations. Subscribe for additional episodes on your favourite podcast network and join Erin Davis and Lloyd...

Duration:00:30:02

1. Douglas Robinson - Working in the hospitality industry, a brush with royalty, 60 years married, alzheimers and grief

10/13/2020
Episode #1 | Erin Davis along with co-host Lloyd Hetherington joins Doug Robinson on the green bench (virtually) to explore life, love, and grief. Doug is a resident at The Village of Sandalwood Park, a Schlegel Village, in Brampton, Ontario. He shares stories from his work in the hospitality industry, his brush with royalty, his relationship with his wife of 60 years, and discusses grief. Subscribe for additional episodes on your favourite podcast network and join Erin Davis and Lloyd...

Duration:00:29:07