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Sharon Wood – Origin at Longwood
Written by Bonnie Chomica, www.MarketingDoneWrite.ca

Origin at Longwood is a unique, active lifestyle community dedicated to enriching the lives of the people who live with them, and the team members who provide their services.

When someone comes to Origin the first question they’re asked is, “What do you want to do today?” Origin recognizes that a life well lived is one with purpose, independence, and freedom of choice, and their entire service platform is geared to creating exceptional experiences for their community members.

Origin at Longwood is part of Origin Active Lifestyle Communities Inc., a 100{3236bfe566a0d68e2245ffbb9d220fc7554709fab7d664768e3da2edc73a1bc9} Canadian, family-owned and operated company with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. Origin owns or manages three communities in British Columbia. What sets Origin apart is their commitment to finding dedicated team members with a passion for caring. For community members, this is their home, and the staff make thoughtful effort to make it comfortable, interesting, and stimulating.

Residents are always on the go attending any one of the countless life enrichment programs offered. They enjoy gourmet meals in the Harvest Dining room, and have access to the many amenities, including fitness programs and spa treatments, crafts kitchen and greenhouse activities, even regularly scheduled outings to explore new places.

At a time in their life when their circle of friends has become smaller, at Origin at Longwood they meet new people, make new friends, and even run into folks they met years ago. Community members can be as social or involved in activities as they want.

Origin at Longwood rents 176 beautiful suites, from 1 bedroom to 2 bedroom and den. The majority of suites are for independent living however there is also assisted living and memory care available. To learn more about Origin at Longwood, or to schedule a tour, contact Melanie Johnson at 250-751-7755 or mjohnson@originlongwood.ca.


Nanaimo BC • October 17, 2016


The Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Inspire Nanaimo, presents author and urban issues expert Gord Hume at Nanaimo’s Shaw Auditorium on Tuesday, November 1. Mr. Hume will speak on building Nanaimo’s economy by positioning itself to be more attractive as a business location for knowledge-based industries.

His presentation will define the ‘knowledge-based economy’ and describe how Nanaimo can attract businesses to consider Nanaimo as the city to start-up, migrate, establish or grow a business as we transition away from a traditional resource-based economy. Nanaimo has a head start on this with a solid foundation through Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, regional private educators, the health sciences community and tech industry growth.

Gord Hume is recognized as one of Canada’s leading voices on municipal government, sustainable development, cultural planning and creative cities. He is a popular public speaker, an advisor to municipal governments and a respected and provocative author. Gord is no stranger to Nanaimo having worked with the City to develop its own “Cultural Plan for a Creative Economy”.

In his presentation, Gord will cite his fifth book, “Places and Spaces”, a compelling look at how the decisions of a municipality impact local prosperity and community health based on whether they roll out the Red Carpet or the Red Tape. His ideas and philosophies address the topic of municipalities performing balancing acts to achieve the greatest economic and quality-of-life benefits.

Chamber CEO, Kim Smythe, offered that “Gord is a highly sought-after public speaker by large audiences and local governments in Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, across Canada and the United States. He delivered the keynote at the 2nd UNESCO Congress on Creative Cities. We’re incredibly thrilled that he’s accepted the Chamber’s invitation to visit Nanaimo again.”

Tickets to the Shaw Auditorium presentation at 7 pm on November 1 are $15 each, available on the Chamber website www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca. This event is supported by Vancouver Island University, the City of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island Conference Centre and the Coast Bastion Hotel.

KIM SMYTHE, President & CEO
250-756-1191 • 250-740-0771