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Newsweek Magazine Named Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay best Continuing Care Retirement Community in Virginia



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Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay named best Continuing Care Retirement Community in Virginia by Newsweek Magazine and 27th in the Nation of 2000 Life Plan Communities 

Virginia Beach, VA – February 12, 2024 – For the first time, Newsweek, with help from the respected global research firm Statista, has ranked Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs).  Westminster-Cantebrury on Chesapeake Bay was ranked #1 in Virginia and #27 in the nation.  According to Newsweek, there are approximately 2,000 such communities in the nation.

This prestigious recognition is based on independent survey response data from medical professionals and staff working in CCRCs, current community residents, and their acquaintances, as well as consideration of relevant accreditations.

J. Benjamin Unkle, Jr., President & CEO of Westminster-Canterbury on the Chesapeake Bay, said:  “Everyone knows we are growing to serve an exploding number of older adults as the baby boomers retire and that we are using $2.6M of charitable funds to serve a greater span of income/wealth levels as economic disparity grows.  But, what people could not know until now is that the best CCRC in the state and among the best in the nation is one of our own hometown CCRCs, Westminster-Canterbury. Excellence requires discipline and high expectations.  We hire quality people and insist upon preeminent service and results. We appreciate and applaud our leaders and teammates who make the standout difference every day that Newsweek discovered.”

Big Stone Gap Foster Grandparents Program Fights Social Isolation With Technology

At Westminster-Canterbury, residents can often be seen on their Birdsong tablets video chatting with family and friends, especially during this holiday season. They also love to use it to explore new countries, play brain games and so much more. We were excited to see how the Mountain Empire Older Citizens’ Foster Grandparent program in Big Stone Gap, Virginia uses the Birdsong tablet to keep their older adult clients virtually connected, which helps to combat social isolation and loneliness while building their confidence to use technology.

WC’s Nov. 20th Festival of Trees Featured on WTKR’s Festival of Trees

Westminster-Canterbury Vice President of Marketing and Development Ashley Allman was on Coast Live today to speak about the WC Foundation’s November 20th Festival of Trees: The Magic of Giving event. Thank you Coast Live Co-host Cheryl Nelson for helping us promote this fun and fabulous event that benefits the Foundation’s many important programs for our residents and staff. 

Westminster-Canterbury Featured on the Hampton Roads Show’s Senior Living Special

Check out Senior Sales Counselor Ellen Duckworth’ recent appearance on The Hampton Roads Show’s Senior Living Special on WAVY-TV10. She shared why Westminster-Canterbury is the perfect place for active aging in a resort-style community. Hear more about what Ellen has to say by watching the video!

F&J Super Summer Sale featured on WTKR’s Coast Live Show

Thank you to April Woodard of Coast Live for helping us spread the word about our 35th Annual F&J Super Summer Sale on August 12-14 at a NEW location — 1969 Woodside Drive. Watch the video for more details, including some of the treasures at affordable prices that are at the sale.

Hundreds of Treasure Hunters Vie For Finds at the WC Flotsam and Jetsam Super Summer Sale – August 12-14


Westminster-Canterbury has brought back the Flotsam and Jetsam Super Summer Sale after a two-year hiatus!  This benefit offers thousands of high-end and distinctive items at bargain prices, including men’s and women’s clothing, fine dishes and china, tableware and glassware, small appliances, jewelry, antiques, books and more. The F&J Super Summer Sale takes place from 10-a.m. to 6  p.m. on Thursday, August 12, and Friday, August 13, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1969 Woodside Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Look for more information on our Facebook Page or call the F&J hotline at (757) 217-2355.

Tidewater Arts Outreach ‘Once More’ Concert — Singersong Writer Will Overman and His Inspiration, Emily Filer

The Tidewater Arts Outreach “Once More” Concert matches singer-songwriters with individuals who serve as an inspiration for a song. It was an honor to serve as the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Concert and the “Instruments of Change” Auction. This excerpt from the concert showcases Will Overman, his song, “When the Crocus Bloom,” along with his inspiration, Emily Filer. Thank you TAO for bringing the live arts to so many who do not have access to them.

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