Time-honoured traditions and new horizons


BARRY’S BAY – This Christmas marks another year of tradition for the Yantha/Bresnahan families, as well as the start of something new.

Darlene Bresnahan is the manager of resident and family services at the Valley Manor in Barry’s Bay. She recently announced that she would be retiring come the end of December.

She began working at the manor when it first opened 38 years ago. She started as secretary and her role has evolved throughout the years. Her current role involves admitting residents into the facility and assisting families with the financial aspect of residency.

“I have admitted and welcomed 967 residents in my 38 years at the Valley Manor,” Bresnahan said. “I will indeed miss the residents, their families and staff that become like family.”

She said the manor has changed so much over the years, but the thing that has not wavered is the home-like atmosphere, great care and the wonderful activities the residents are offered daily.

She fondly remembers Christmases spent at the manor, particularly in 1981, when Darlene and her now deceased husband Sidney played the Holy Family for the residents. Their son, Dean, played Baby Jesus.

“It was really hot in the chapel, and Baby Jesus did a lot of cooing,” Darlene fondly recalled. “The residents really enjoyed the role play.”

Get your December 21, 2016 edition of The Valley Gazette for many more photos.