If you can’t attend a Blue Jays game, you can always bring the Blue Jays to you! In honour of Evelyn’s 102nd birthday, the die-hard Blue Jays fan received a birthday celebration she won’t soon forget.
Evelyn, resident at Chartwell Barton in Newmarket, Ontario, has been a Blue Jays fan for many years. “I remember watching the World Series and I’ve seen the Blue Jays play in the snow years ago,” she says. She has fond memories of staying up late as a child to watch and cheer on her beloved home team. But it wasn’t until 14 years ago that she really got into the game. Now, her niece calls her daily during the season to keep her up to date on game times, ensuring she doesn’t miss a game. Amanda Arnold, Lifestyle Program Manager (LPM) at Chartwell Barton, says that “she will literally put the game on the top of her priority list, even if it means putting her wellbeing on the back burner. She is the most committed fan I have ever encountered!”
On October 21st, the centenarian dressed in blue for her Blue Jays themed birthday celebration, which was attended by family, friends and fellow residents. She enjoyed Blue Jays themed cupcakes and balloons and even received some special swag from the team, including a letter, signed baseball and a personal message from one of the greatest Blue Jays players of all time, Joe Carter.
Thanks to The Chartwell Foundation, Evelyn’s 102nd birthday was a day she will always remember. “It’s marvellous. I’ve never had anything like this before,” she said.