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Meet Jennifer May – Activities Director at Trinity Village Studios.

Jennifer (Jenny) has been working at the Studios since February 2019. With a background in Therapeutic Recreation, she knew early on that she wanted to work with seniors.  

“I get to know the residents on a personal level, and I use what I learn to create meaningful programs and outings for them,” Jenny says, “It’s their calendar…not my calendar.”

Not only does she plan programs and outings, but she also spends time forming relationships with the residents, running focus groups, booking entertainment and more. “Each resident and I have our own connection, it’s important to form that type of bond because it shapes what I do here.”

Jenny has particularly loved working with the Wilfred Laurier University students that specialize in different areas, i.e. Music students to help run the choir, and Community Service-Learning students that work with the Horticultural Manager. “Trinity Village is a very team-oriented environment, everyone comes together – and it’s the outside partnerships that we have that make it even more special.”

One of Jenny’s favourite experiences at Trinity Village so far has been taking the residents to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton. “It was a moment that mattered; they were able to try a Virtual Reality Experience about the Berlin Blitz. It was so empowering for them to relive that moment in history.”

Outside of work, Jenny is a huge New England Patriots fan. Her most memorable vacation is seeing the Patriots play in Boston this year with her boyfriend. “It was definitely a bucket list moment; we have wanted to do that for a while.”

“What I do is special because I get to learn interesting stories about each resident on a daily basis. I learn something new every day.”

Photo: Jenny (left) completing a puzzle with Doris (right)

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