Public Speaking and Being a Grandma with Shirley Arthur
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Episode #45 - A pleasure to have Shirley Arthur from The Village of Tansley Woods Long Term Care in Burlington join Erin & Doug on the Green Bench to share her #ElderWisdom about public speaking, being in the Salvation Army, and the role of a grandmother.

At the age of 14, Shirley joined the Salvation Army in Montreal.  Public Speaking came easy for her, speaks freely from the cuff.  Singing as part of a Trio all over her community

"You can't beat love." - Doug Robinson

Shirley shares about being a hands-on grandma to 5 grandchildren.

"I taught my grandchildren many many things, from the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees." - Shirley Arthur

"There is no other great love than the love of a grandma." - Shirley Arthur

An honest conversation on the difference between a grandma and a great-grandma.

Shirley was a Girl Guide Captain for 17 years with a favourite camping grounds at a lake in the Laurentians. A great experince in 1943-1952.  A lesson to the Girl Guides to "Always be an example." 

If you had to stand up and speak for 5 minutes on anything, what would your topic be?

Shirley has shared her advice and wisdom with future PSW team members and students.

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The Green Bench is a symbol of elder wisdom. Physically or virtually, the bench invites us all to sit alongside a senior, share a conversation, or give and offer advice.

It challenges the stigma seniors face; the ageism still so prevalent in society. It reminds us of the wealth of wisdom our elders offer and in doing so, helps restore them to a place of reverence.

"The greatest untapped resource in Canada, if not the world, is the collective wisdom of our elders." -Ron Schlegel

This podcast is brought to you by Schlegel Villages, retirement & long-term care homes in Ontario, Canada.

#ElderWisdom | Stories from the Green Bench is produced by Memory Tree Productions
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