Join us for our Gala Celebration

You are invited to join our Gala Celebration of Fairview Mennonite Homes’ 80th anniversary and Parkwood Mennonite Home’s 60th anniversary at Bingemans on September 16 from 6 p.m. to midnight. 1943 and 1963 themed attire optional. Funds raised will benefit Parkwood’s Delphine and Lloyd Martin Apartments, which is now under construction and will offer 30% […]

Delphine and Lloyd Martin

A Lasting Legacy “We feel fortunate to be able to provide others with an opportunity to live in a safe, kind place.” If you enjoy driving the beautiful countryside and villages in and around Waterloo Region, you may be surprised to learn that Canada’s largest feed mill is in the small village of Wallenstein. While […]

Elmer and Eileen Shantz

Meaningful Lives “Helping others in need is not only a responsibility of life; it is what gives meaning to life.”                                                     – Molli Marti Elmer Shantz (1933-2021) was raised on a farm outside of Hespeler, Ontario. In the early 1950s, Elmer began his career in construction, working his way up to superintendent. He had a natural ability […]

Laura and Phares Bauman

It started with a toaster Phares Bauman was born in 1935 and lost his father when he was only two. He grew up on a farm just north of Floradale with his mom, stepfather, brother and sister and step-brother and step-sister. At 15, he began building barns. In his early 20s he joined the Floradale […]

Meet Albert Willms (1926-2022)

Equipped with two languages – German and Russian – Albert left post-war Europe, spending five years in Paraguay prior to arriving in Canada when he was 27. He met and married Betty Fast, a Canadian Mennonite, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Betty taught Albert how to speak English and to drive a car. Together, they had four […]

Meet Anita and Dave Cressman

The first thing you notice about Anita and Dave Cressman is the way Anita looks at him. You can see the couple who married in 1966 and raised three sons, who now have added five grandchildren to the family. Dave was an environmental planner with his own consulting business. Anita started as a teacher, and […]

Meet Mary Schiedel

If it’s the last Monday of the month, it’s book club day at Parkwood – a day when 12 eager readers gather to share their thoughts on the latest selection and enjoy a sense of community. The members’ reading tastes range widely, from inspirational to entertaining, from thrillers to classics, from comedic to heart-breaking. “We […]

Meet Sharon & Ron Grigsby

If you look up the word ‘volunteer’ in the dictionary, the definition should include a photograph of Sharon and Ron Grigsby. It’s hard to imagine how they find time to volunteer. In addition to raising two daughters, Sharon was a long-term care nurse and teaching assistant, and Ron had a career in sales and now […]

Howard Gimbel (1921 – 2020) – A Life Remembered

Like many Parkwood residents, Howard Gimbel’s early days began on a farm, working hard, enjoying an active and physical life, built on a foundation of strong community and church values. Born on November 10, 1921 in Breslau, Howard was taught early on that people help one another. He lived up to these expectations throughout his […]

Marche pour la bienveillance

Samedi 24 septembre et dimanche 25 septembre 2022 Les Communautés pour personnes âgées Fairview Parkwood vous invitent à appuyer la troisième Marche annuelle pour la bienveillance. Cette année, l’activité se déroulera sous le thème Croissance dans la bienveillance.   La Marche pour la bienveillance est une randonnée de 42 km – soit l’équivalent d’un marathon – qui […]