32 episodes

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.

#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench Schlegel Villages

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

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.

    Felix Rommens - Living with hearing impairment, keeping hands busy with art, and growing up during WW2

    Felix Rommens - Living with hearing impairment, keeping hands busy with art, and growing up during WW2

    Episode #30 - Felix Rommens is 97 years old.  If you are wondering what keeps him young and loving life at The Village of Winston Park in Kitchener, it has to be his art. Erin Davis and guest co-host Doug Reed welcome Felix to the green bench to share in a conversation about his art and about his hearing impairment, which has formed the life is living today.

    Nearly 50% of people 75+ have trouble with their hearing.  

    ”Being deaf, I was kind of a loner.  So, in order not to get completely bonkers, I started working with my hands and my mind.” - Felix Rommens

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    • 28 min
    Dr. Rea Brown - McGill University student, professor & athlete, remarkable medical career and surgeon during the Montreal massacre

    Dr. Rea Brown - McGill University student, professor & athlete, remarkable medical career and surgeon during the Montreal massacre

    Episode #29 - Dr. Rea Brown shares his story from the green bench of a career nothing short of remarkable, from growing up with a critically ill brother to finding himself in the world of medicine surrounded by pro athletes and on December 6, 1989 in Montreal saving the lives of several women after the École Polytechnique Tragedy (Montreal Massacre). Dr. Brown joins us from his home at The Village of Humber Heights in Etobicoke.

    Erin Davis is joined by our guest co-host Doug Reed (Episode # 9) at The Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph while Lloyd takes the rest he needs.

    Dr. Brown shares the story about his brother‘s illness after having pneumonia - learning about a new antibody that was coming available now that the war coming to an end - Penicillin was the drug spoken of which helped him within a week at the Montreal Western Hospital.

    ”My first successful surgery was on a cob of corn.” -Dr. Rea Brown

    • 31 min
    Donna Duncan - reimagining long-term care, building community, and combatting ageism

    Donna Duncan - reimagining long-term care, building community, and combatting ageism

    Episode #28 - Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington welcome the CEO for the Ontario Long-Term Care Association, Donna Duncan to the green bench.  A passionate conversation about what aged care is, building community, fighting ageism, and reimagining what long-term care can be in the future.

    Donna first experienced long-term care in the 1980s with her grandmother and then again with her father living with alzheimers in 1999.  She brings a personal view to what it is and what it can be as we look at some of today‘s challenges in front of us:

    Staffing challenges
    Older buildings
    Higher care needs

    ”We dream of a day that it is okay to go into long-term care, where people aren‘t frightened, families don‘t feel guilty, staff take great pride, and they are physical living environments where people want to be.” -Donna Duncan

    • 33 min
    Sheri Noecker - A story of sudden illness, inspiration after a stroke, and the Program for Active Living

    Sheri Noecker - A story of sudden illness, inspiration after a stroke, and the Program for Active Living

    Episode #27 - A sudden stroke caused Sheri Noecker to move into The Village at University Gates long-term care in Waterloo. While not being able to move, she was inspired by her friends and the team at the village to build an exercise plan and work with the Program for Active Living team in her determination to move again as she use to.  Hear this inspiring and motivational story as Sheri sits on the green bench with hosts Erin Davis and Lloyd Hetherington.


    Sheri shares about her life when she experienced a stroke at the age of 51, the wake-up call that motivated her to get better. Although she is unable to remember all the details of the time she shares as others have told her.

    Today, she is committed to doing exercise every morning.  Inspired by her nephew who experienced a tragic accident at the age of 18 and worked to be able to walk again.

    ”You say you are going to be a motivational speaker, but I want to correct you.  You are a motivational speaker now.” -Lloyd Hetherington to Sheri Noecker

    • 31 min
    Korleen Schmidt - the full circle of life, combining love for geography & theology

    Korleen Schmidt - the full circle of life, combining love for geography & theology

    Episode #26 - Korleen Schmidt loves to talk about the weather and explain it to those who want to know about it. She joins hosts Erin Davis & Lloyd Hetherington on the green bench from The Village at University Gates in Waterloo, a widow, mother of 4, grandmother of 11, talks about the full circle of her life, combining her loves of geography and theology.

    ”If not for the weather, we‘d have nothing to talk about.”

    ”In her study of theology she‘s learning and teaching how to go to heaven, and in her study of meteorology she teaches us how the heavens go.” -Lloyd Hetherington

    Pastor Korleen Schmidt - worked 5 years for the United Church in Hanover as the assistant minister. She grew up in Elmwood, went to a one-room school, and found it to be a great experience.

    • 29 min
    Ross C. Morton - Stories of a one-room schoolhouse, importance of sharing history, and reflections of time in the RCAF

    Ross C. Morton - Stories of a one-room schoolhouse, importance of sharing history, and reflections of time in the RCAF

    Episode #25 - Taking you back through the 20th century thanks to Ross C. Morton, 96yo who resides at The Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph and is accompanied by his daughter, Mavis Morton.  Stories of a one room school house education, the importance of sharing ones history with family, community and today, on this podcast.

    Ross has written 3 books and shares about his first book written in 1997: The Life And Times Of A One-Room School, a history of the Conway Public School, South Fredericksburgh Township, Ontario, 1875-1966 along with the his memories of his boyhood in the 1930‘s.

    ”All through my school years, I was never lower in my class than second.  I didn‘t bother telling them there was never more than 2 in my class all the way through school.” - Ross C. Morton

    Ross reads about his first day at the one room school in September of 1931.

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

DC-Morgan ,

#ElderWisdom sharing at it’s best!

This is an amazing collection of life stories and pearls of wisdom! Loving listening to this podcast and getting amazing perspectives on life, love, family and friendship.

- Smile Face ,

Real Life Stories - Inspiring

Wow, this podcast is amazing. I can’t believe they actually have residents from Schlegel Villages coming on to this podcast sharing their real life experiences to the world. This is a great way to share elder wisdom. I have learned so much from my elders and I can’t wait to hear more! :) :)

Sheen Blossom ,

Truly inspirational.

Love this idea of pooling in the lived experiences of the elderly.

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