Those seniors with hopes of ‘becoming a star’ had an opportunity to showcase their talents on June 20th during the Hartford Retirement Centre’s Senior Star event.
The Hartford is just one of many Chartwell Seniors Housing homes that participated in the yearly talent competition that honours and celebrates seniors.
This year there were six seniors participating in the Hartford competition: Ross F. Blakely, Cecile Marie Daniels, Murray Haines, Beatrice Shaver, Lloyd Thompson and Allan Gene Ward.
Judging the event were Chuck Barkley of Thom Realty, Donnie Bowes of the Upper Canada Playhouse and Alison Hudson of Team Cornwall.
Eligibility to compete in the Senior Star event included two things: the contestant must be 65 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen. Residency at one of Chartwell’s centres was not a requirement.
The first place winner of the 2012 Hartford Senior Star was Allan Gene Ward of Iroquois. In second place was Cornwall’s Cecile Marie Daniels, while Murray Haines of Ingleside took third place.
The entire event was videotaped by Memories Video and will be sent to Chartwell’s Head Office.
Once received, 10 finalists will be chosen from all of the Chartwell Seniors Housing centres. Each of the finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip for one to the National Finale in Niagara Falls this fall.
The top three winners of the national competition will win monetary prizes of $5,000, $4,000 and $3,000 respectively.