Springdale centenarian gets a family window visit to celebrate her 100th birthday

Springdale Country Manor resident Lillian de Bassecourt waves to the camera while her family members wave from outside her window. Lillian’s family paid her a visit on May 21 to wish her a happy 100th birthday.

Lillian de Bassecourt also had a video call with family members and received a plaque from the Queen and Governor General

Although Lillian de Bassecourt wasn’t able to have a traditional birthday celebration with her family to mark her 100th birthday, the Springdale Country Manor resident did have a window visit with her loved ones at the Peterborough County long-term care home on May 21.

Lillian’s daughter, Carolyn Conrad; her grandson, Mitch, and his wife, Trina; and Mitch and Trina’s three granddaughters visited Lillian from outside her window at Springdale to wish the resident a happy 100th.

Springdale Country Manor, along with OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes, is closed to everyone but essential visitors to protect residents and team members during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

Lillian was also able to have a WhatsApp video call with her other daughter, Johanne de Bassecourt Smith, and granddaughter, Christina Smith, who represented Canada on the national bobsleigh team during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Johanne and Christina live in Calgary.

Like her granddaughter, Lillian was also involved with winter sports, having worked as a ski instructor for a time.

Along with the window visit and video call with her loved ones, Lillian received a plaque from Queen Elizabeth II and Canada’s Governor General, Julie Payette.

Lillian has family members all over the world, and she received cards and gifts from locations including Australia; New York; Pointe-Claire, Que.; Calgary and across Ontario.

Knowing she’d get a witty response, Springdale Country Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Sonia Murney asked Lillian how old she was.

“It’s time to retire,” the resident chuckled.

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