Can You Hear the Music?

Did you know?Cartoon drawing of 11 people holding sheet music while singing at choir practice.

We have neighbours who sing with the Vancouver Oratorio Society! Can you figure out who they are?

Go to their website at, look closely at the photos of some of their performances and try to spot the familiar faces amongst the singers!

You can listen to samples of their music at:
Psalm 100 by An-Lun Huang
Praises of Thanksgiving by Chan Wing Wah

Or, even better, go to their next performance on May 27th, 2018 from 7:30pm at Bethany Baptist Church here in Richmond on Westminster Highway… it’s FREE of charge!

Did you notice the live orchestra accompanying them? Wow!

Hope to see you at their next performance!

Ducklings in the Snow!

At the end of February, as you all know, it was a “Winter Wonderland”… especially if you did not have to drive anywhere! We took a walk around the compound taking a few photos, especially of the inside ponds.

Later, as it was getting dark, we were relaxing when Rob calls me to the kitchen. There were ducklings (7 of them) with mama walking across our patio, from our pond to the neighbour’s. We just gawked with surprise, and by the time we could grab our iPad, mama and 7 little ones had disappeared… then the 8th rushed out of the water, and here he (or she) is!

Duckling #8 trying to catch up to her family (on Basia and Rob's back patio)!
Here is duckling #8 trying to catch up to her family (on Basia and Rob’s back patio)!

Did anyone else see them? We think it is a bit early. Will they survive? Don says duck down is very warm, and they will survive (phew!).

Contributed by: Basia – Unit 62

Celebrating Joan Anderson

It is with extreme sadness that we learned the news of long-time Huntly Wynd resident and neighbour Joan Anderson’s passing on March 7th 2018. Joan was admitted to Richmond General Hospital earlier in the week and was expected to be back home in reasonably short order. The following obituary notice was published in the March 9th edition of the Vancouver Sun newspaper. Details regarding Joan’s service are still pending and will be shared with the community as soon as they come available.

“Joan Anderson, January 5, 1927 – March 7, 2018. Grandmother, mother, aunt, sister and beloved friend, Joan passed away at the age of 91. She was predeceased by her parents John and Agnes Stratton, husband Dr. Joseph Anderson and brother Jack. Born and raised in Vancouver, Joan is survived by son Bruce, his wife Amanda, two precious grandsons, Owen and Alex, sister Lois and her husband Bruce, brother Bruce and his wife Pat and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Nana lived an active life that revolved around her love of bridge, the opera, the symphony, the Garden Club and the Gateway Theatre – but most of all, Joan loved spending summers at her cottage at Crescent Beach surrounded by family and friends. A memorial service will be held in early April. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.”

Joan with her good friend Helen in December 2017
Joan (on the left) with her good friend Helen in December 2017

Upon receiving the news of her passing, Lesley (Unit 73) shared: “Joan was a lovely lady and fought hard for a long time to stay in her own home.  She will be missed.”

Bob (Unit 77): “She was a generous and kind woman and we would chat and laugh about our golf experiences from the past. I loved seeing her do her regular walks with her care provider assisting when required. She will be missed.”

Harma (Unit 35): “We are very sad to hear of Joan’s passing and join her family and friends in mourning her loss. Joan was one of the early residents of Huntly Wynd with her late husband. She was very active in her motherly role of the Social Committee which contributed a great deal to our community.”

Joan, it is clear you will be sorely missed by your Huntly Wynd neighbours, and by those of us who were fortunate enough to get to know you on a personal level. May God grant peace everlasting for you in your final rest.

Contributed by: Rob – Unit 75

Start of Christmas Season at Huntly Wynd

We came to party hardy in the Clubhouse! And boy, did we ever!

Huntly Wynd residents gathered in the Clubhouse on Friday December 8th to welcome the holiday season. As Ernie (Unit 87), Albert (Unit 59) and others took command of the microphone in an effort to claim the title of the evening’s “Karaoke Crooner”, conversation, laughter and delicious food was abundant. Jean (Unit 94) and George (Unit 24) flogged 50/50 tickets to give everyone a chance at claiming the evening’s cash prize – the lucky ticket being held by Vivian (Unit 87), congratulations Vivian! Dave (Unit 73) captured many wonderful photographs of enthusiastic partygoers…

What a great cheese and fruit plate!

We also joined together to welcome our newest neighbours Mr. Ricky Shun Yiu Fong, his wife Kathy Yuk Fong Chan and their adult children Derek and Christy (Unit 64). We’re pleased they have chosen Huntly Wynd as their new home and delighted that they bravely plunged right into getting to know their fellow neighbours by joining the party that was already in full swing!

“Social gatherings like this present opportunities for us to connect with friends and neighbours we’ve not seen in a while. It’s an opportunity to catch up on important happenings in their lives or to simply get together and talk with one another”, observed Sue (Unit 13), “We need to have this type of gathering more often!” Based on the jovial atmosphere, lively conversations and clinking of glasses that lasted all evening, we believe most would heartily agree. What do you think?

Before closing, we extend a seasonal wish to you and yours from Danita and me…

Whether or not you choose to include the observance of Christmas or Hanukkah in your celebrations at this time of year, whether you decorate a tree or light the candles of the menorah — or neither — the forthcoming holiday season is always a time for giving, for fellowship and for family. We’d like to send each of you our personal best wishes for this time, along with the hope that you will have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the spirit of this season.

Have a great holiday, go easy on the rum and eggnog (unless there’s no viable alternative, of course) and we wish you all the very best of all good things for you and yours in the New Year of 2018.

Contributed by: Rob and Danita (Unit 75)

Halloween at “Hauntly Wynd”!

What a fun Halloween gathering filled with imagination and creativity by all those who attended! We’re not exactly sure which Huntly Wynd residents were actually there, but there were some interesting partygoers like… Elmer Fudd with his gun (yikes), a Rasta couple from Jamaica, a professional cricket player, a Mexican lady dressed in traditional clothing, a heavy metal punk rocker, a witch (of course) and, of all things, a rain cloud!

In what turned out to be a very tight race, a panel of judges presented awards in three categories:

Anca (Unit 20) captured “Best Costume” (black cat)
Danita (Unit 75) was judged the “Scariest Costume” (rain cloud)
Jean (Unit 94) took “Cutest Costume” (Rasta man with dreadlocks)

Thanks to Jean (Unit 94) for coming up with the idea of a Halloween social, and the whole team of residents who helped make the party happen:

Daniel (Unit 49) who translated the invitations into Chinese.
Ernie (Unit 87) who provided the music.
Renee (Unit 94), Jean (Unit 93), Ray (Unit 71), April and Craig (Unit 92), Wayne and Carol (Unit 82) and Don (Unit 98) – who set up, decorated and cleaned up the aftermath!

Renee with dArcy and Rob B

What’s next? A Christmas/Hanukkah celebration, of course, planned for December 8th in the Hauntly… I mean, Huntly Wynd Clubhouse! Save the date and keep your eyes and ears open for the invitation and further details!

Contributed by: Danita – Unit 75

Huntly Wynd Celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

An unprecedented number of residents attended this exciting, milestone community event and saw Estelle Caplan – wife of the late Huntly Wynd developer Jack Caplan – join long-time resident Joan (Unit 85) in marking our development’s 40th anniversary by cutting the delicious anniversary cake!

Estelle & Joan Cutting Cake

The cake cutting ceremony was one of many memorable events of the July 8th landmark celebration. More than eighty Huntly Wynd residents came together to celebrate an afternoon/evening of Huntly Wynd memories. The camaraderie, lively conversation and laughter was enjoyed by all as mouth watering aromas wafted around us from several barbecues.

Ken and Harma Laughing

Following a welcome speech delivered by Strata President Louise (Unit 11), Henry (Unit 15) provided some historical tidbits from Huntly Wynd’s past.

Welcome from Louise

Presentation by Henry

Fred (Unit 6) took top honours in the Huntly Wynd trivia quiz created by Joan (Unit 85) and her family. For that, we thank Joan for this creative idea and for donating the beautiful gift basket for the winner. Perhaps you would like to test your own knowledge of Huntly Wynd trivia with this short quiz:

  1. In what year was the clubhouse billiard table made?
  2. On the day of Huntly Wynd’s official opening, how many townhouse units had already been sold?
  3. Huntly Wynd’s developer Jack Caplan was a chain smoker of what brand of cigarettes?
  4. From what location in BC were the rocks that make up the clubhouse fireplace façade trucked in from?
  5. Name the three different townhouse floor plans used in Huntly Wynd.

If you’re stumped, answers to all these questions can be found by reading the September 1977 BC Business magazine article.

The ad-hoc organizing committee was delighted to see such a positive turnout. The only two complaints, stated by many were that the celebration seemed to end too soon (although conversation did not end until 2:00AM the next morning). Others said that we don’t hold social gatherings like this one often enough. As a community, we’ll all have to come together and work on changing that! The photos below attest to the good time had by all and will likely have you looking forward to the next social gathering.

Sincere appreciation goes to all members of the organizing committee who teamed up to coordinate barbecue donations, purchase decorations, order the anniversary cake, deliver invitations, collect RSVPs and arrange for Estelle Caplan’s participation. Committee members included Henry and Angeline (Unit 15), Robert and Lesley (Unit 26), d’Arcy (Unit 55), Ken and Sue (Unit 13), Trudy (Unit 21), Louise (Unit 11), Danita and Rob (Unit 75). And, of course, thanks to Dave (Unit 73) for the photos!

Contributed by: Rob – Unit 75

Bob Blacker Receives a Meritorious Service Medal!

Did you know? We have extraordinary neighbours at Huntly Wynd…

Presentation of Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division)
June 21, 2017

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) to 49 recipients from various sectors across the country on Friday, June 23, 2017 during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. On this occasion, the Governor General will present 13 Meritorious Service Crosses and 36 Meritorious Service Medals. Included amongst the honoured recipients is Huntly Wynd’s Bob Blacker for his work with Rotary, Government House and First Nation’s communities.

The Meritorious Service Decorations were established to recognize the extraordinary people who make Canada proud. Their acts are often innovative, set an example or model for others to follow, or respond to a particular challenge faced by a community.

The best candidates are those who inspire others through their motivation to find solutions to specific and pressing needs or provide an important service to their community or country.

Bob is being honoured for his contributions to the Write to Read Project which delivers books, libraries, computers, tablets & high speed Internet connections to remote First Nation communities in BC.

Using computers The Write to Read Project BC is and equal partnership between participating indigenous communities, Rotarians, Government House and the volunteers of the Write to Read Team. It brings together people who have an interest in increasing literacy equity through access to literacy materials for rural and remote indigenous communities. It is about building relationships between urban professionals and rural Indigenous communities through shared power; it is about working with and by building a foundation of honesty based on the principals of equity that builds trust in the pursuit of social justice.

The Write to Read Project is an original initiative of former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Steven L. Point and his aide de camp Bob Blacker a past District Governor of Rotary District 5040; it has been continued by Her Honour Judith Guichon and is now a permanent project of the Government House Foundation. Local Rotary Clubs work with urban Rotary Clubs to secure donations and raise revenue required to pay for the essentials, including literacy materials appropriate for all ages, with the focus on books and technologies, like computers or tablets, for online learning for youth. They also work with donors and sponsors to include works by and about Indigenous people and culture.

Please join me in extending well deserved congratulations to Bob for this prestigious honour. Bob, I salute you for this significant contribution to First Nation’s communities.

Contributed by: Rob – Unit 75