Real Life Stories: Summerhill PARC, Peggy

in Active Aging

Written by PARC Retirement Living

Resident profile

Resident: Peggy
Past occupation
: Office Manager
Years living in North Vancouver: 54
Here philosophy on life: “Stay out of trouble.”
Number of years at Summerhill PARC: 2

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play pool, Summerhill PARC resident, Peggy is your gal. “When I came in and saw the pool table, my eyes sparkled,” she says excitedly.

Having played pool most weekends at her father-in-law’s house, Peggy has grown to be quite the pool shark. Pool is what helped her develop an instant rapport with fellow resident, Rusty. The two developed an instant friendship based on their mutual love for pool and the two can often be seen sinking balls on the second floor.

Putting her competitive streak aside, Peggy makes it a point to teach the ladies at Summerhill PARC how to play pool. It’s her way of connecting with others, particularly new residents who have recently moved to Summerhill. In fact, in doing so, Peggy has drummed up a lot of interest in pool amongst this highly social community of residents.

At any given time, there’s always a game of pool going on. And if you’ve never played a game in your life, not to worry, Peggy is more than a patient teacher: “Some people have never held a pool cue in their life. I just show them how to do it instead of crabbing at them if they miss a shot.”

When she’s not chalking up the pool cue with Rusty, you’ll find Peggy at the swimming pool every morning, reading one of the 300 books she moved in with or trying her luck at the weekly Bingo game.

Read on to see what a typical day is like for Peggy at Summerhill PARC.

A day in the life of Peggy

Summerhill PARC resident Peggy putting on swim goggles

“I’m up at 6 am and by 6:30, I’ve driven up to the swimming pool at the Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre. I swim for 30 minutes, back and forth.”

Summerhill PARC resident Peggy at the pool table

“When I came in, I saw the pool table, and my eyes sparkled. We had a pool table at my father-in-law’s place and we played pool every weekend.”

Summerhill PARC resident Peggy and friend high fives

“Winning and losing, it doesn’t matter. If you have a partner to play with, it helps pass the time and it’s wonderful and really enjoyable. Every once in a while, I even beat Rusty!”

Seeing is believing

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