Seasons Retirement Communities Announces Remarkable Resident Contest Winner

Photo (L-R): Karyn Anderson, Fun Manager at Seasons Royal Oak, Niki Mills, General Manager at Seasons Royal Oak, F.J. Ted Douglas, resident and Remarkable Resident Winner (Ontario) at Seasons Royal Oak and Jennifer Wells, Windsor Goodfellows President.

Seasons Retirement Communities has named LaSalle resident, Ted Douglas, as this year’s winner of its Remarkable Resident program. This program recognizes residents for their exceptional contributions to their community and notable life accomplishments. In honour of the tenth anniversary of the program, Seasons gifted Mr. Douglas with two months free rent as well as a $25,000 donation to his charity of choice, the Goodfellows Food Bank.

Mr. Douglas became a journalist at the age of 15 after a local newspaper writer suggested journalism as a career knowing he had won the English prize at school. Mr. Douglas knew immediately he had found his calling, joining Woodstock Sentinel-Review and rising through the ranks throughout his 50-year career to join the editorial board of one of the largest daily newspapers in the United States, The Detroit News. His natural talent for writing won him many awards including the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing and the team award at the Windsor Star. Notably, Mr. Douglas made a name for himself after interviewing Tom Clancy, with Mr. Clancy creating a character after him in his book, The Bear and the Dragon.

Besides writing, Mr. Douglas is a man of many talents, taking up landscape photography as a hobby and teaching himself fine woodworking and 18th and 19th-century domestic tin smithing.  Currently, Mr. Douglas is working on a family project at the Canadian Aviation Museum building a half-scale model of the first powered aircraft to fly to Canada, the Silver Dart.

“We’re thrilled to honour Ted’s remarkable life and contributions to his community,” says Niki Mills, General Manager at Seasons Royal Oak Village Retirement Community. “Mr. Douglas continues to dedicate his time and talents as an active member at Season Royal Oak Village and in numerous volunteer organizations in the greater community.”

Volunteerism has played a huge role in Mr. Douglas’ life. Along with his late wife, Margaret, he ran a school breakfast program with Goodfellows in Windsor for 15 years delivering meals to thousands of students. In addition, he was a driver for Meals on Wheels, Chairman of the Sandwich West Township Library Board, and presently partakes in day-to-day fulfillment of tin orders for the Park House Museum, teaching and demonstrating tin smithing at events around Essex County.

“I want to give back to the community that has been so good to me,” says Mr. Douglas, 2022 Remarkable Resident winner at Seasons Royal Oak Village Retirement Communities. “I’m proud to have lived a life with no regrets and wouldn’t change a thing.”

Mr. Douglas was celebrated during a party at Seasons Royal Oak on August 11th, 2022, surrounded by family, friends, and staff at the residence. He presented his donation to the Goodfellows Food Bank at the event, an organization he has served for over 40 years and one of the notable charities a part of Food Banks Canada which Seasons Retirement Communities supports through their One Can Make a Difference and Holiday Food Drive initiatives.

“On behalf of the Windsor Goodfellows, we extend our deepest gratitude to Seasons Retirement Communities and Mr. Douglas for this generous donation of $25,000,” says Jennifer Wells, President of Goodfellows Food Bank. “This donation will propel our organization forward, and we are excited to work directly with Mr. Douglas to determine how these funds can be used to enhance service to our clients. Our volunteers make up 95% of our workforce, and without people like Mr. Douglas, we would not be able to serve the community as we have for the past 112 years.”

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