Momentous Birthday for Mrs. Verna Westgate
108 years young!
On March 15th 2016, Mrs. Verna Westgate celebrated her 108th birthday surrounded by family, friends, and her extended family of residents, staff and volunteers from Grace Village,
Lennoxville. The day started with a surprise gift of 108 homemade cupcakes, gifts from friends Sylvia Marlin Vachon and Lynda Pelser. The cupcakes were distributed throughout and enjoyed by all at Grace Village. Four generations of Verna’s family and friends gathered in the Tea Room later in the day for a birthday party complete with her favorite homemade cake. Mr. David Price, president for the Borough of Lennoxville, and Mr. Jim Crook, Treasurer for the Dr. W. J. Klinck Foundation, came to pay tribute. Later in the day Verna entertained friends at a card party, one of her cherished pastimes. The festivities continued throughout the week as Verna welcomed some special guests in the way of dignitaries who came to visit and pay homage to a very special lady. The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, MP for Compton-Stanstead presented Verna with a certificate from the House of Commons, and Mr. Guy Hardy, MNA for St. François presented Verna with a certificate from the National Assembly along with a box of delicious chocolates. Verna took all the attention in stride as she greeted everyone who came to call with her usual dignity and humility. Those who were privileged to partake in this momentous birthday week were inspired by Verna’s example of celebrating life and approaching each day with an optimistic and fun-loving outlook for well beyond a century.
Back Row: Greg Bishop (Executive Director, Massawippi Retirement Communities) and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau (MP ComptonStanstead); Front: Verna Westgate.
Verna Westgate receiving certificate from Mr. Guy Hardy, MNA St-François
Verna Westgate and the 108 cupcakes made by friends Sylvia Marlin AndLynda Pelser
Verna playing cards with friends in
the Grace Village Tea Room.