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Taking the garden with them to their retirement resort Story and photos by Dorothy Dobbie


Jack and Elaine Sine


The water feature, looking down toward the creek which sends up lines of ducklings and geese in springtime.


L to r. Bill Dubreuil, Executive Director; Dan Cassils, Engage Life coordina- tor; Jack Sine; Elaine Sine; and Helen Price, Community Sales Director.


“I


t feels just like home,” says Jack Sine. And he and his wife Elaine have made it even


homier with their plantation of vivid begonias running along the back of the building where they get the early morn- ing sun but shade the rest of the day – a perfect location for begonias. Jack is speaking of the 13-storey building that now houses the Westhaven retirement residence at 3033 Portage Ave. Tucked in behind a commercial building and a parking lot, it’s a bit of a surprise to


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The fabulous view. "I love to tell my snobby eastern friends how nice it is to hide 800 million people in a forest like this," laughs Jack.


find a haven of peace and prairie grasses backing as it does on Sturgeon Creek. Jack and Elaine moved here four


years ago from their lovely Tudor-style Tuxedo residence, where they had lived for 31 years. They had a show stopping formal garden that was very hard to leave behind. “We looked at a lot of places,” contin-


ues Jack, “but the moment we opened the door of this apartment, we knew this was it.” He and his wife Elaine live in a sunny penthouse suite in the


building, overlooking the creek and the city beyond. The balcony is filled with flowers, the apartment is warmly invit- ing with a full kitchen, a large master bedroom complete with an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, and a guestroom with attached full bath. The Sines use this as a den and Jack has much of his beloved railroad memo- rabilia on display here. Jack, a former V.P. at Toronto Dominion, was one of the founders and sparkplugs behind the Prairie Dog Central.


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