Media Coverage

Wartime snapshots shared at Carlton House
By Christine van Reeuwyk – Oak Bay News
November 11, 2016

Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News  Carlton House resident David McAlary with his military identification card from 1975 that remains among his mementos.

Carlton House resident David McAlary with his military identification card from 1975 that remains among his mementos.

Faces of experience ring the room at Carlton House. An impromptu luncheon organized by one of the veterans at the table, a baker’s dozen of residents, break bread and share wartime tales.

Doreen Gage was a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse at an attack station who had one of those rapid romances wartime can hurry long.

She started writing him before the war, they knew each other, but weren’t attached before that.

After he returned home, “we were married in 10 days … we had a brief romance,” she said with a laugh.

In the lobby hangs a 1958 photo of a young man in the 1st Battalion Royal New Brunswick Regiment.

“I was too young for the Second World War, my first experience would be the Korean War,” said David McAlary, the subject of the photo. “I started my career as a private and ended my career as a captain.”

He gets a good laugh for a story he shares, though it starts with six weeks in military hospital. Injured during a training exercise with live ammunition, he loved the tales of those returning from overseas as they bragged about the Japanese girls. Read more…

Letter: Carlton House crow rescued
By Maurice (Migs) and Diana Turner (Oak Bay News, Letters to the editor)
July 20, 2016

When walking out the front door of Carlton House a couple of days ago, Carlton House resident Jocelyn Ney saw a young crow fall into the pond near the entrance and noted that the crow’s parents were unable to recover their babe.

Jocelyn promptly went over and reached in and pulled the young crow out of the pond. The babe had passed out by this time and was not moving.

Jocelyn then quickly went back into Carlton House where they immediately phoned the B.C. S.P.C.A. who told them to put the babe in a small box, place it under a quiet nearby tree, leave it there and the mother and father crow would come and get it.

This they did and within a short while, the parents came and got their babe and all was well.

Well done to Carlton House resident Jocelyn Ney who by her prompt action produced a happy ending to what could have been a very tragic story.

Meet an inspiring artist… going strong well into her 90’s!
By Veronica Cooper – CHEK News
June 5, 2016

“As an artist, you see things all the time. You see a lot of detail, you see a lot of colour that other people don’t see at all.”


“You see, the main thing is to get movement and excitement into my work. That’s what I’m after.” explains Merrill Cook, who’s been painting her whole life.

“Well, I always wanted to be creative in some way or other. It goes back to…six years old, being interested in drawing and being expressive.”

Merrill Cook has captured scenes on canvas from travels throughout North America, Europe, the Far East, and New Zealand.

Now, after many exhibitions through the years, she’s preparing her work once again.

“I was asked if I would have a show, and I said…’Yes’ ” Cook explains.

And once she’d said ‘Yes,’ the organizing began.

“You’ve got to plan three months ahead of time…and you’ve got to do something every single day.

But I’ve done it so many times for my own exhibitions that it doesn’t scare me.” Read more…

Carlton House celebrated 10 years on The Avenue
By Jennifer Blyth – Oak Bay News
September 17, 2016


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.” Read more…

Piecing Together a Historical Puzzle

February 14, 2012

Muriel Fairbarns Muriel Fairbarns scans a photograph, looking for a familiar face. After a few moments, she finds it, in the middle of a group of 50 or 60 girls. “There I am. I would be about 13, something like that,” says Fairbarns. “That would have been taken in about ’34, around then.”

The school photo, from Fairbarns’ childhood in England, is one of a few that the Carlton House resident has collected as she attempts to piece together her family history. Along with portraits of her parents, and even one of her great-great-grandparents, they represent pieces of a larger puzzle, one which Fairbarns hopes to continue putting together so that her two children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren can have a fuller picture of their ancestry.

One of the obstacles Fairbarns has faced is simply knowing how to put together all the bits of information so that they form a cohesive story. Read more…

A Walk in the Park for Oak Bay Group

March 6, 2012

Carlton House walking group As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion. Fortunately for a half dozen Carlton House residents, that was not the case this year.

They’re part of a weekly walking group which gathers each Thursday to explore Oak Bay on foot, and as the calendar turned last week it was a beautiful day for a stroll.

“The first program I started when I got here six years ago was the walking group, because I just love to walk,” says Rowena Hendriks, manager of leisure services at Carlton House. The group numbers as many as 12 at times, though at this time of year some members are away on holidays. Each week they head out on a different route – last week’s took them along Bowker Creek and eventually to the Oak Bay Marina.

“Oak Bay is always a lovely place to walk because of the gardens,” says Grace Telford, 95, who has been taking part in the weekly constitutionals since they first began. “One of the early settlers,” she jokes. Read more…

Llama Entertain You

April 17, 2012

Jayne Finney Jayne Finney shares a carrot with therapy llama, 18-year-old Inca Warrior, at Carlton House in Oak Bay as Patricia Elcoate watches in delight.

Residents of the retirement home gather to give the friendly llama carrots and treats, pet him and have their photo taken with him during his annual visit. See article.

Carlton House Employee, Rowena Hendriks, is the Recipient of This Year’s Chamber of Commerce Business Award for Employee of the Year

May 3, 2012

Rowena Hendriks Oak Bay’s Carlton House employee, Rowena Hendriks, is the recipient of this year’s Chamber of Commerce business award for Employee of the Year.

Hendriks, an Oak Bay resident, has been manager of leisure services and assistant to the executive director at Carlton House for the past six years and was thrilled to take home the award as nominations were received from across Greater Victoria.

“Rowena’s above-and-beyond attitude and her willingness to say yes in every situation makes her an amazing asset,” said Seona Stephen, executive director of Carlton House. “Carlton House is better because of the hard work she has devoted to it. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award.”
See article.

Seniors Take Flight Down Memory Lane

October 3, 2012

Phyllis Gaul The air was calm and the skies were clear. It was a perfect day to take to the air and Phyllis Gaul was ready to go.

She and five other residents at Carleton House retirement residence in Oak Bay had earlier decided that they wanted to charter a couple of Cessna 172’s from the Victoria Flying Club and on Sept. 11 they taxied down the runway and took flight.

The Cessna is a very small, single engine, fixed-wing aircraft that can carry a pilot and three passengers. It’s an aircraft that might challenge the nerve of even the most seasoned flier and it is definitely not for the faint of heart. That didn’t deter Gaul or her companions – not for a second. Read more…

The suite! It is my home. Come in and attend a Sunday brunch. We enjoy Sunday brunches and we know that anyone who attends from outside will just have a ball! They are a great thing. ~ Maurice and Diana Turner