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New Bus Service Makes It Easier for Residents to Enjoy Downtown Living At Its Best

August 6, 2018

Enthusiastic residents gather with Resident Lifestyle Facilitator Sara Sommerfield, Executive Director Eric Bouchard and Resident Council President Clysta.

Today, Westminster Towers residents and employees celebrated the inauguration of their new bus circulator service with a convenient route serving Central Orlando. This new feature makes it easier for residents to enjoy Downtown Orlando without the hassle of driving. After months of preparation, today's ceremonial ribbon-cutting and inaugural service has residents excited about all the opportunities it affords.

Executive Director Eric Bouchard shares his excitement in providing more resources for residents at Westminster Towers as well as our residents at Magnolia Towers and Westminster Plaza, two affordable housing communities for seniors.

"This is a huge gain for our community because we're going places we haven't served before, and with a greater frequency," says Bouchard. "This is all a part of Westminster Communities of Florida and we wanted to share this service by bringing all the communities together."

Residents now enjoy a weekly rotating schedule that includes their favorite stores and shopping plazas, including CVS, Publix, Colonial Plaza and more.

"We have received so much support from our whole organization in making this possible," explains Bouchard. "I commend Resident Lifestyle Facilitator Sara Sommerfield, who spent hours and hours to figure out the best way to get all these stops and expand our service to make Downtown Living At Its Best more convenient for our residents."

A group of enthusiastic residents took a one-hour bus tour of Orlando immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 


LeadingAge Florida Honors Volunteer of the Year, Trustee of the Year

August 3, 2018

We congratulate Westminster Suncoast resident John Lefebvre and Westminster Communities of Florida board member James Bogner on receiving distinguished honors at LeadingAge Florida’s 55thAnnual Convention and Exposition in Orlando, Fla.

Lefebvre received the Volunteer of the Year award for serving countless hours at Westminster Suncoast and in the community of St. Petersburg. Levebvre’s involvement includes serving the homeless through an innovative recycling program to provide staples like body wash, detergent and Q-tips. In partnership with Daystar Life Center of St. Petersburg, he has provided thousands of bottles and offered much-needed dignity to the homeless.

“It’s an awesome award,” said Lefebvre. “Something I had never even dreamed of getting.”

Board member Bogner received the Trustee of the Year award for his 40 years of service to Westminster Communities of Florida. Bogner was described as understanding, collaborative, open-minded and committed by his colleagues.

CEO Roger Stevens praised Bogner for being an example of Westminster’s Mission of service. "Jim, I respect you so highly and appreciate you for all you have done for our organization,” said Stevens. “Congratulations on receiving this statewide recognition of your 40-year volunteer leadership with Westminster Communities of Florida."

Enjoy these videos from LeadingAge Florida on these two remarkable men.


Westminster Woods on Julington Creek Hosts 24th Annual Resident Art Show

May 30, 2018

More than 200 unique pieces on show at Jacksonville active senior living community,
featuring artwork from seniors representing 7,000 residents, 21 communities

JACKSONVILLE — The judges have spoken — now it's your turn to enjoy the unique and stunning artwork at the Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation’s 24th annual Resident Art Show, opening to the public on Wednesday at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, in Jacksonville. This showcase and contest features hundreds of pieces created by senior adults who are residents at one of Westminster Communities of Florida’s active senior living communities.

“The Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation Art Show is unique in that it brings all of our communities together each year to showcase and celebrate the artistic abilities of the senior adults we serve," says Noreen Levitt, Vice President of Development for Westminster Communities of Florida. "This year we celebrate 24 years of the Art Show, and are proudly displaying over 200 works from our twenty-one campuses that include paintings, needlework and photography. The Foundation is so grateful to our donors for supporting this celebration of the incredible and diverse talents of our residents.”

Categories of artwork displayed include oil, watercolor and acrylic paint; mixed media; drawing; photography; needlework; and 3D work.

The Resident Art Show opened Wednesday, May 23 to the public at the Westminster Woods on Julington Creek auditorium, and continued through Wednesday, May 30. 

This year’s contest was judged by three North Florida professional artists: Shirley De Pasquale, a former member of the St. Augustine Board of Directors of the St. Augustine Art Association; Dulcie Hause, program manager of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens; and Nofa Dixon, assistant professor of art at the University of North Florida.

First-, second- and third-place winners were selected in each category and are indicated with a ribbon at the show.

In addition, one work is selected by Westminster Communities of Florida CEO Roger Stevens as a Director’s Choice, and will be featured on the cover of a future art show calendar.

“We are fortunate to have such spectacular work from the residents to showcase,” said CEO Roger Stevens.

Westminster Woods on Julington Creek encourages anyone who loves art to come and enjoy the show! To learn how you can attend, call Westminster Woods on Julington Creek at 904-287-7300.

View the contest winners for each category on our Facebook page

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About Westminster Woods on Julington Creek:Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, The Natural Choice, is a not-for-profit, faith-based active senior living community in Jacksonville thatoffers active lifestyles emphasizing wellbeing and lifelong learning to more than 500 residents on a beautiful waterfront location on the shore of the picturesque Julington Creek. Since 1964, Westminster Woods on Julington Creek has been Jacksonville’s first choice for active senior living.

About Westminster Communities of Florida: Westminster Communities of Florida is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization serving more than 7,000 residents in 21 communities around Florida who are in search of an enlightened, fully integrated, person-centered approach to health and wellness. Since 1954, we’ve been Florida’s best choice in active senior living. Our Mission of service commits us to creating and preserving excellent active living communities and honoring each person’s dignity, rights, self-respect and independence.


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