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October 2019

Spotlight: Sondra Brooker

By | People of Wake Robin

Sondra Brooker is a woman of many talents. She bakes, cuts hair, and may even be a dog whisperer.

Beloved by the Wake Robin community, Sondra just started her 23rd year as an employee: 22 years in dining services, and this her first year as Wake Robin’s salon hair stylist.

Wake Robin’s multi-talented hair stylist Sondra Brooker

Hospitality runs in Sondra’s family. Her grandparents owned and operated a summer restaurant in Ticonderoga for years; Sondra would often help out.

At Wake Robin, she worked her way up from dining server to floor manager, and oversaw lunch and dinner, which usually served over a 120 people a day. “I just loved the fast pace of it. Interacting with the residents and making them happy.”

When Wake Robin needed a new hair stylist, Sondra jumped at the opportunity. She earned her hair dressing license at O’Brien’s College of Cosmetology, and has been cutting hair for family, friends, and private clients ever since high school. Sondra’s part of a longstanding tradition: her grandfather was a barber in Italy!

Sondra’s passion for hair cutting relates to her love of baking. “They’re both a precision thing,” she said.

Now Sondra enjoys a lakeside window view and gets to know and appreciate residents better. The salon will soon have a makeover and feature new flooring and seating.

Once the renovations are completed, the salon will be open every Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Walk by during this time and you’ll usually hear laughter or good conversation!

Summing it up, Sondra said, “You always need to eat and you always need a haircut.” She’s provided both, which is why she’s such a valued member of the Wake Robin family.


Wake Robin Hosts Autumn Informational Gatherings

By | Events, News

There might not be a better time to visit campus when the foliage is peaking in red and orange colors.

It was appropriate then that Wake Robin held two informational gatherings for prospective residents this October.

Residents sharing their experiences at Wake Robin

Folks interested in Vermont’s first and only Life Plan Community arrived at the Community Center for a breakfast spread, good conversation, and to hear from current residents. Director of Marketing, MaryBeth Dudley, kicked the event off by sharing the history of our Continuing Care Retirement Community. Then, taking center stage by the fireside, a panel of residents discussed what they love about Wake Robin and why they chose this active community. Depositors asked great questions about lifestyle, care, and transitioning into the community.

Potential residents enjoying the lake view from Maple!

After breakfast, the visiting groups toured the Maple apartments (where they had a stunning view of Lake Champlain)…and were even given a tour of the renovated ground floor of the Community Center!

Expect more events like this to be hosted by the marketing department next year. To schedule your own personal tour, send us a message, or please call 802-264-5100.


 Touring a Maple apartment

 Touring the nearly-finished Meeting Room!

Wake Robin Residents Win ChampBot Competition

By | Events, News

It took months of tinkering and testing, testing, testing. But the “Geezer Bot” team was focused on bringing home a victory for Wake Robin.

At the Champlain Mini Maker Faire held at Shelburne Farms, residents Ed Cobb, Steve Silverman, and Jim Wick competed in The ChampBot Challenge, an opportunity in which teams build a remote controlled aquatic robot to swim the waters of Lake Champlain and navigate obstacles.

Some of the challenges included: feeding their baby Champetta (female), setting fire to their enemy robots, and hiding from danger by submerging!

Not only did the Wake Robin squad finish in first place, earning a $1500 prize, but they also won the popular vote cast by the Faire’s audience. It may have helped that there were many enthusiastic Wake Robin residents in the crowd.

Jim Wick at the helm

Champetta and the team were the talk of the town.

The Shelburne News ran a story about their ChampBot victory and the team appeared live on MyChamplainValley news.

Check them both out in their respective hyperlinks!

Champetta breathing fire!