A cake from Safeway made for the residents of Glen Arbour. (Photo by Patrick Davies)

Christmas dinner delights Glen Arbour residents

Christmas cheer, good conversation and delicious food were all found at Glen Arbour last Thursday.

While recent plumbing issues in their building have caused disruptions, the residents of Glen Arbor still enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner last week.

Put on by members of the Glen Arbor board of directors, such as Mayor Walt Cobb, in concert with the Williams Lake Lionesses Club, like Chris Hornby, the dinner was a cozy well-attended affair.

Featuring turkey bought and cooked by Cobb, mashed potatoes, carrots and other vegetables cooked by the lionesses, the good cheer and friendliness of the senior residents were on full display.

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Hornby has been involved, on and off, with the facility since its founding, serving on the board both previously and currently. Describing herself as someone who always steps up to the plate when asked, Hornby has a clear soft spot for many of the residents of Glen Arbour, shaking their hands and wishing them a Merry Christmas throughout her interview with the Tribune.

“At a board meeting, Walt said that he would cook a turkey and it sort of started going from there. Walt cooked a turkey, Rex Moon donated a turkey and then I was just in charge of purchasing the potatoes and the vegetables,” Hornby said.

While the meal was primarily for the 34 residents of the facility, other seniors and members of the community were also invited to take part in the festivities. The Lionesses, who served the meal alongside Cobb, also brought food to residents unable to make it down from their rooms so that no one was left out.

“I think they all like to be together, it’s so nice. People say ‘thank you very much’ and ‘Merry Christmas’ and I just like these apartments so much that one day I might even live here, I always just get a good feeling about Glen Arbor,” Hornby said.

The dinner enjoyed such success this year that Hornby said both she and the board intend to do it again next year. For her, putting these events on and caring for society’s elders is a passion and calling and she said she finds the work “very rewarding.”

“I think it’s good for young people to come in and see what it’s like, a lot of people don’t know about Glen Arbor, but you get good vibes from here,” Hornby said.

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Hornby, the board and all the residents of Glen Arbor would like to wish Williams Lake a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



patrick.davies@wltribune.com

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Mayor Walt Cobb heads out to serve more food to the residents of Glen Arbor. (Photos by Patrick Davies)

Denis Lambert preparing to show off the cake to the diners at Glen Arbour’s Christmas Dinner. (Photo by atrick Davies)

Patrick Davies photos Williams Lake Lioness Club member’s Sylvia Prevost (from left) Chantal Lambert and Carolyn Ball enjoy a meal after serving the residents of Glen Arbor.

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