About Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury
Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury is an accredited continuing care retirement community offering an active lifestyle for seniors who wish to maintain their vitality and health. Hospitality and health care services are available for each resident. While the community was established under the guidance of the Presbyterian and Episcopal churches, SVWC embraces residents of all faiths and encourages the spiritual growth of all residents. A very active chaplaincy service, headed up by a full-time chaplain, offers regularly scheduled worship opportunities throughout the week while also being available to minister to residents on an individual basis. Life should be fulfilling at any age and SVWC is committed to maintaining and strengthening the vitality of residents through exercise programs, health seminars, and formalized fitness classes. Opportunities to socialize and to enjoy cultural activities are also an important part of our program. Please see our Activities Calendar. By focusing on the personal needs of each resident, SVWC provides a variety of services enabling each resident to obtain the care they might need without infringing on their independence. The community provides independent living cottages and apartments, as well as assisted living and health care.
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Needlepoint or woodworking, books or bridge, Beethoven or bluegrass, yoga or golf, fitness or history--if you have a passion, we have kindred spirits eager to join you. Our community offers a host of clubs, and our residents create their own. They may be retired from the working world, but retirement here means having more free time to do the things you love best. Whether you want to visit the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. or lose yourself in bold drama at the Shenandoah University Summer Music Theatre, you’ll always be in good company.
If you’re a veteran, our Veterans Group—more than 100 members strong—will welcome you. If you’ve found fulfillment in volunteering, we have wonderful opportunities to serve.
From our Bistro Concert Series to guest lecturers from the region’s great universities and cultural centers, you’ll find engrossing events and activities happening all the time. One month, you might find a breathtaking exhibition of Russian miniature lacquer ware; another, a chance to gaze at the night sky through telescopes, as astronomers illuminate the movement of the planets. Our monthly calendar shows you just how exciting life here can be.
Our residents know fine cuisine—and they know they’re always in for a treat. Winchester, VA is famous for dining hot spots, and you’ll find one of the best at its premier retirement community. You’ll discover impressive variety on the menu. Our residents have favorites: crab cakes, Filet Mignon, brick-oven pizza or fresh-baked bread—virtually %%1%%all prepared from scratch. They also choose from seasonally selected vegetables, carefully chosen from local farms for freshness.
At mid-day, you can always grab a hearty sandwich and a freshly made cup of soup. Are you in the mood for something special? Of course we can do that! Just call the chef by 3 p.m. If we have the ingredients, we’ll be happy to delight you!
Don’t miss our monthly “Chef Stage Center,” live culinary demonstrations with our executive chef. (One crowd-pleaser: Lobster Gazpacho and Goat Cheese Caprese).
Naturally, our chefs prepare wonderful treats for special diets: gluten- or sugar-free, low-calorie, low-sodium, low-cholesterol, low-fat, vegan and more. Even pureed items are artfully crafted for beautiful presentation and taste.
Resident / Staff
The Residents' Association gives all residents a voice in our community and the chance to express their opinions freely at monthly meetings. The open, caring atmosphere you’ll find flows directly from the Association’s efforts. Its charge is to sustain that spirit in all aspects of life here. The Association also organizes residents into action committees that enhance our community, in ways large and small.
The Biography Group helps cultivate one of the best things about our community: the ability to meet and get to know so many other residents. They produce and distribute informative biographies of new residents.
The Buildings & Grounds Committee serves as an important channel of communication between residents and the Administration concerning maintenance and grounds.
The Food Service Committee serves as a liaison between the dining services director and our residents.
The History Committee preserves historical documents, data, newspaper clippings and photographs of Westminster-Canterbury activities.
The Library Committee maintains our well-stocked lending library.
The Program Committee presents musical programs and entertaining guest speakers, generally every Thursday night from September through May.
The Resale Shop is administered by resident volunteers. The Shop accepts donations from residents only and welcomes household items and ladies’ clothing. Proceeds benefit the Fellowship Fund.
The Welcome Committee greets and assists new residents as they move into their homes, helping them adjust to their surroundings.
Westbury World is our popular monthly newspaper, produced by residents and staff members.
The Woodworking Shop welcomes residents who have a love for woodcraft or repairing furniture and other items. Their skills are on display in our Chapel, among other places.