Winston and his wife Ruby joined 105 Gibson’s Abundant Life Program (currently Abundant Life Institute) almost two years ago as they identified with 105 Gibson’s mission and decided to support the community by attending the classes here. While Winston enjoys tai chi classes, Ruby loves to attend line dancercise classes to stay healthy.
Winston is also an ambassador by trying to establish a friendly relationship with other students in class and to invite them to other activities at the Centre. He intends to share his passion in serving the community with those he knows. He even hosted his 70th birthday party at the Centre with more than 100 friends and family members present. In lieu of birthday gifts, he asked them to support the Centre’s mission.
Ruby also finds it rewarding to attend class. She treasures the opportunity to interact with older adults and to build friendships by sharing her faith and life experience with them. She feels younger and more energized in serving them.
Outside of the classrooms, Winston and Ruby also volunteer as ALI Committee members and assisted with the planning and execution of the Spring Passion Summer Camp. They witnessed how excited the participants were and how fully engaged they were in the activities. With half of the participants over 80 years old, they had been out of school for many years but were able to re-live their childhood memories through activities such as watercolor painting. As both ALI students and ALI volunteers, they embrace and exemplify the ALI vision to empower older adults to live an active learning and communal life in their retirement years. Together, Winston and Ruby find fulfillment in serving the community.