My children, who live here in Toronto, found this building and helped me to buy and renovate my suite, which I love.
Before I actually took possession, the very first residents who made me feel welcome were Sharyn and Reuben. Since that day in April 2010, we have been close friends. Then, when I actually moved in, I met Miriam Robinson, who after learning I came from Montreal, took me to meet the Feldmans. What a surprise for us! Malca, Zvi and I hugged and kissed. We had been next door neighbours in Montreal, and now we too, are close friends.
Now, I am active in the building… On the council, the program committee, I run the brown bag picnic lunch, collect the loonies for the bus driver to No Frills every Wednesday, participate in the art club, the Purim play, the Wagman Entertainers, and now the Oneg Shabbats.
I greet and talk to everyone. I do miss my many friends in Las Vegas, but now with my family and friends here, I am quite content. I am finally learning my way around this fabulous city.
As for what I enjoy, I love being alive… feeling good again, and being able to do the many things which are beneficial to people and to myself.
A heartfelt mazel tov to all residents. I am very pleased to have made the decision to buy in this building. A lot is being offered here, for people who like to be active, such as lessons, entertainment, etc. I am also very pleased with the concierge who are always helpful in a pleasant way.
The reason I moved to 2 Neptune was because my husband’s eyesight was getting bad and he wasn’t allowed to drive anymore. In addition, our synagogue was too far for him to walk to every week.
2 Neptune has a synagogue across the street and all kinds of stores for shopping. There’s a pharmacy, a dentist and a doctor’s office all along Bathurst Street and in Baycrest, if needed. The building itself has a Sabbath elevator and a Succah as a bonus. What more could we ask for?
I raise my “voice” with a hearty mazel tov for ten wonderful, productive years at this Healthy Living Community. When I first arrived here, in May 2002, I was first greeted by an invitation for tea at the home of my neighbour, Lil Rose, and by our beloved Monty. I was also invited to attend a social gathering which was ongoing in the Social Hall. I felt I had come “home” to be with a very welcoming group.
I was privileged to serve for a number of years on the popular Refreshments Committee, then with the Program Committee, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I send thanks to the Special Events group. We must acknowledge the magnificent contribution of the Dan Family, which has allowed us to spread ourselves outside of our own walls… to shop and be transported to places of entertainment and learning. We appreciate the staff members who help in many ways to make our lives easier.
Sincere appreciation also to a number of new residents who have introduced informing and learning projects which are very interesting and enjoyable to all.
As many of us have left comfortable homes in various places, often after tragic occurrences in our families – we appreciate the welcoming friends who are now part of our “mishpoche” (as Monty describes us). My children and “old” friends often come to visit, and all are impressed with the welcoming atmosphere they see here. I agree with them: ergo my decision to spend my “aging years” as a resident here, as long as I am able. I am content.
When my husband and I moved here in 2003, it was very emotional for us. After all, we had been living in our home for over 40 years. It was where we raised our children and had many beautiful memories. It wasn’t easy to pack up our history and downsize. After much discussion with our children, we realized that we really had no choice but to move. The question was “Where to?” We had heard about 2 Neptune and made arrangements to come and see it. We were so impressed by how friendly and helpful everyone who works here was, as well as how well the building was maintained (and continues to be). We moved in shortly thereafter and haven’t looked back.
As an owner at 2 Neptune Drive, it has been very rewarding and I have experienced many happy times. I bought my unit three years ago in July without any idea of what to expect. Since living here I have met many interesting and friendly people. It is a good feeling to be in this kind of environment. There are many programs and activities to keep you involved. I have participated in the Art Class, Book Club, Garden Club and many other programs.
I moved into 2 Neptune Drive to get out of my large two-story home. I was a widow living alone in this house and found it very lonely.
I saw the first ad in the Canadian Jewish News and immediately sent in an application. I moved in August 2, 2001 before the building was even finished and couldn’t even sleep in the apartment until three weeks later when the alarm system was completely installed.
I have loved every minute of living here for the last 10 years. When I moved in I found 10 people – friends and relatives – who were also moving in, which gave me a feeling of community.
I introduced myself to and welcomed to the building each new person that I saw after I moved in. This way I got to know everyone, and knew everyone by first name.
There are many activities in the Social Hall and elsewhere in the building and we can pick and choose what we wish to do.
My Second Home
It was the end of June 2001 when I was given a challenge by Ms. Janet Volks of Andrejs Management, who became our first Property Manager, to supervise a new building for Seniors – a pilot project by Baycrest. She told me that this was to be a condominium for people who are 65 years old and above.
I have worked in Commercial and Industrial buildings before and the job was new for me, but without hesitation I accepted the challenge. I was then instructed to report to the site to meet somebody who would show me the place and tell me how to run the condo. I was presented by Mr. Evans (retired) from our Security company to Mr. Edwin Goldstein and I can still remember his words, ” I have to do my best to let the Residents feel that this is their home,” and not to be too strict on the security so they wouldn’t feel controlled yet not so lenient that they will not feel secure. From the first day I started working, I became part of a bigger family. It’s been a wonderful experience for 10 years, so much so that I call this place my second home. Thanks to all the residents for the love and trust you have given me in serving you and I look forward to continuing working with you.
Moving to 2 Neptune wasn’t a difficult decision. I thought all Montrealers moved here! These past three years have added much to my contentment and happiness. It’s been great! Happy Anniversary.