PHOTOS: Victoria pianist helps Parkwood Place residents get the holiday spirit

Gerald Moreau helps trim the tree at Parkwood Place by Revera. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)Gerald Moreau helps trim the tree at Parkwood Place by Revera. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
Parkwood Place residents trim the tree as Bob LeBlanc plays some festive tunes on the piano. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)Parkwood Place residents trim the tree as Bob LeBlanc plays some festive tunes on the piano. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
Bob LeBlanc performs some holiday classics on the piano to help Parkwood Place residents get into the Christmas spirit as they trim the tree. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)Bob LeBlanc performs some holiday classics on the piano to help Parkwood Place residents get into the Christmas spirit as they trim the tree. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
Frances Swaile, left, and Sybil Butterfield help trim the tree at Parkwood Place by Revera. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)Frances Swaile, left, and Sybil Butterfield help trim the tree at Parkwood Place by Revera. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
Bob Leblanc plays some Christmas favourites as Parkwood Place residents trim the tree. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)Bob Leblanc plays some Christmas favourites as Parkwood Place residents trim the tree. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
Eleanor Cole trims the tree at Parkwood Place by Revera. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)Eleanor Cole trims the tree at Parkwood Place by Revera. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)

Residents brought a festive touch to Parkwood Place by Revera as a longtime fixture in the Victoria music scene filled the air with sounds of the season.

About three dozen residents of the Victoria retirement facility gathered in the Fireside Lounge Dec. 2 to trim the tree to the sounds of holiday classics as Bob LeBlanc tickled the ivories.

“It just adds to the joy of the holiday season,” said Kathy Ajas, sales consultant at Parkwood Place.

LeBlanc moved to Parkwood Place earlier this year and has performed across Greater Victoria since moving here 26 years ago.

“I probably did about 100 shows at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel,” said LeBlanc, who also performed with the Victoria Broadway Chorus.

Resident Gerald Moreau said the event is very well organized, while his friend Frances Swaile said it brought back memories of Christmases long ago.

Ajas said the tree trimming has been an annual event since Parkwood Place opened three years ago.

“And it just gets better every year,” said Swaile.

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