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

Celebrating Carnaval at Huntly Wynd

Bonhomme is the official representative of the Quebec Winter Carnival. It is a snowman-like figure clad in the distinctive red tuque and arrow sash of Quebecois heroes.

Huntly Wynd residents Renée and Jean are passionate about their heritage – something they love to share with their neighbours by hosting a Carnaval Celebration every year in our Clubhouse… complete with authentic French Canadian cuisine, traditional clothing and music!

Did you know that Renée owned and managed a highly-rated restaurant in Toronto? Amongst many other awards and medals, she received the title of Woman of the Century by the Alliance des Femmes de la Francophonie Canadienne (Alliance of Francophone Women of Canada) in 2014 for her many years of volunteer work, at the provincial and national levels, on the development of French language minority education and the promotion of the French language.

And… did you know that Jean is a well-known, highly regarded educational leader and a published author? He is the author of a book on distance education and has published over 30 articles… in addition to giving hundreds of lectures at the provincial, national and international levels on technology and the learning process in the 21st century. Jean is the only person who has been a University President, a College President and a School Superintendent (School District #93 – BC French Provincial School Board) during his career. He is also the perfect sous-chef and entertaining host… isn’t that right, Renée?

We’ve heard nothing but raves about this year’s 5th annual event! Jean and Renée’s generous menu this year included:

  • French Canadian Pea Soup
  • French Cheeses
  • Pâtés Maison
  • Crudités avec trempette à l’ail et herbes fines (Crudités with garlic and fine herbs dip)
  • Hors d’œuvres au Saumon fumé et fromage en crème à l’aneth (Smoked Salmon and Dill Cream Cheese)
  • Canapés au Crabe des neiges (Snow Crab Canapés)
  • Olives assorties farcies (Stuffed Assorted Olives)
  • Noix assorties (Assorted Nuts)
  • Fudge à l’ancienne (Old-fashioned fudge)
  • Sucre à la crème (a traditional sweet from Quebec)

In the words of Ken and Sue (Unit 13):

“Jean and Renée are such gracious hosts who have annually demonstrated the importance and value of traditions here at Huntly Wynd by hosting a Carnaval Celebration. This year’s celebration was well-attended and enjoyed by all. The pea soup, an annual feature of the fare presented, was as delicious as always. Jean and Renée were dressed in their traditional costumes with their matching legitimate French accents. It was a privilege to attend and we hope that they will continue this tradition.

We are fortunate that the designers and builders of Huntly Wynd (Jack & Dave Caplan) had the foresight to build a Clubhouse, in the form of an old Scottish Hunting Lodge, which provides a warm and inviting venue for events such as Carnaval. The Clubhouse was called “Huntly Lodge”. The name Huntly came from Huntly Castle in Scotland and Wynd (as in wined) means a narrow street or lane in Scottish.

Many residents are aware that Huntly Wynd was officially opened forty years ago on June 28, 1977. Carnaval is just one of the traditions that makes living in Huntly Wynd very special.” 
Jean and Renee - hosts of a Carnaval Celebration at Huntly Wynd! Both are dressed in traditional red clothing with arrow sashes around their waists.
Merci, Jean and Renée!
What is the story behind the red sashes worn by Renée and Jean?
Click here to learn more about Carnaval de Quebec and about Bonhomme Carnaval!

Contributed by Danita – Unit 75 (with input from Renée – Unit 94)

Huntly Wynd has a Swim Team!

Photo: Huntly Wynd pool and hot tub
Photo courtesy of Dave (Unit 73)

Well, technically, it’s not a swim team, it’s more of a pool team. The Huntly Wynd community is especially appreciative and proud of the small group of owners who have the training and/or experience required to follow a strict schedule of testing our indoor pool water, twice per day on the weekends! This responsible and reliable team of owners seems to have a way of slipping into the pool area, unnoticed, where they:

  • Ensure that both the chlorine and pH levels are appropriate – this is called keeping a balanced pool.
  • Use small amounts of testing pool chemicals and ensure enough active chlorine is in the water to keep the water free of germs or bacteria.
  • Maintain the important balance between alkalinity and acidity which is addressed by testing for pH. A proper pH is around 7.2 to 7.6 on a pH test kit’s numeric scale. Even 7.2 is considered good and this allows the chlorine to work most efficiently.
  • Make adjustments if either chlorine or pH are significantly off. In most instances, the water is in very good condition and is maintained throughout the week by our pool maintenance folks from Imperial Paddock. Between our weekend owners’ team and the weekday pool maintenance folks, our pool water stays clear, balanced and sanitized.

Our community members are that much healthier and safer because of the Huntly Wynd Pool Team… many thanks to Bob (Unit 77)  who is currently working solo! Thanks also to past team members Garth (Unit 16), Bruce (Unit 88) and Don (Unit 98). Where would we be without you? (Probably very sick and in hospital.)

Question: Do you know what happens if you’re caught peeing in the pool?
Answer: Ur-ine trouble!

Illustration of man belly laughing on the ground - he has one hand on his head, one hand on his belly, and one leg kicked up in the air.Illustration of young lady belly laughing.

Contributed by: Danita – Unit 75 (with input from Bob – Unit 77)