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August 14, 2023

The Boulevard Senior Living St. Charles Elaborates on Their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Category: D&I Series

Author: Sheila Cernicek, Business Office Director

As a company, Arrow Senior Living has made learning about and celebrating our unique differences a part of our company culture. So much so that, in recent years, it has become an extension of our core values. And now, going on our second year, Arrow has expanded beyond yearly diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops to create Arrow’s D&I Speaker Series, which pairs special guest speakers with residents from our communities to have conversations on a wide range of topics such as mental health, PRIDE, Juneteenth, and so much more. We believe that sparking conversations on what some may believe to be sensitive topics helps to shed light on misconceptions and ultimately brings about understanding as it relates to the experiences of others. This ensures our employees and residents have the tools to build a safe place to live and work, one where a diverse group can come together and feel equally seen, heard, and included. 

At Boulevard Senior Living of Saint Charles, DEI goes beyond training and mentoring. It is a way of life. One of my favorite conversations thus far this past year was Don’t Step On A Bee Day.

I have always had an appreciation and healthy fear of bees. We celebrated this day with an amazing presentation from Westerfeld Bee Farms and a bee themed Happy Hour. Our culinary team created an amazing dish of honeycomb, bee pollen, bacon, cheddar cheese and green onion infused waffle drizzled with local honey and honey whipped butter. It was so delicious!

Bees play a vital role in pollination and are crucial for the health of ecosystems and agricultural practices. Their populations have been declining due to various factors, including habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change. It is essential to be mindful of these important insects and take measures to protect them…such as DON’T STEP ON A BEE.

These conversations have only just begun, and I look forward to the conversations to come and all the new growth and opportunity that lies ahead as we work toward creating the greatest and safest place to work that we can!

The Boulevard Senior Living of Saint Charles in St. Charles, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital St. Charles with convenient access to major shopping centers and clubs, including St. Peters Golf Club, Mid Rivers Mall, Katy Trail, Main Street St. Charles, New Town at St.Charles, and the Streets of St. Charles.

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