Meet our Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's Prince George honouree: Victoria Taylor
Victoria Taylor devoted most of her 40 years in Prince George to her career at the Prince George Seniors’ Centre, and in a way, she’s never left. The centre paid tribute to its first cook when they included her likeness in a mural on the back of the building. In the four years since moving on from the centre, Victoria’s life has taken her along a different path: one filled with connection to her community and her church, travels to tropical destinations and time to share her love of cooking with friends and family.
Victoria’s son Robert describes his mother as a caring and loving woman – a natural teacher and mentor who didn’t immediately accept her diagnosis of dementia, but is now starting to take to the new experiences in her life.
“She’s the best mom I could imagine,” he says. “She is a very kind and gentle person. She has always been there for me — I want her to know that I am there for her.”
This year, Robert sent Victoria and her two sisters to realize her dream of visiting Hawaii. Clad in t-shirts emblazoned with the words, “Three Sisters in Hawaii 2017 Tour” and escorted by a driver dubbed “Captain Mike,” they partied at a luau and saw pineapples in the wild – a sight Victoria had always wanted to see.
Victoria has stopped singing in the choir but continues to attend the First Baptist Church, where she is surrounded with caring friends. She attends the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s fitness and social program Minds in Motion® and shares her passion for food. When she visits Robert in Vancouver, she leads the family in pierogi and cinnamon roll-making sessions.
After her diagnosis, Victoria spent five weeks going to information sessions at the hospital. “The staff had her make her signature rolls for everyone on the last day,” Robert says. “She cooks by touch more than memory, and it always works out.”
Walk with Victoria at the Prince George Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's on Sunday, May 6. Together, we make memories matter.