It’s a huge milestone, and one not many reach in their lifetime. A Prince George woman became a centenarian today. Vicki Gutfriend was surrounded by friends and staff members at the Laurier Manor as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
“It’s Overwhelming,” says Gutfriend. “I just didn’t expect so much.”
It’s just the beginning. A community celebration will also be held at St. Mary’s Hall on Saturday evening, where she will receive a blessing on behalf of the Pope.
Gutfriend isn’t the only one at the manor to make it to 100. “My husband was 100 and 9 months old when he passed away. But he didn’t drink and he didn’t smoke. Which I didn’t either.”
Staff members at the manor describe Gutfriend as fun, loving and energetic. “Sometimes we have an idea of what 100-year-olds are like,” says the Recreation Therapist Supervisor, Susan Kragt, “but as she has shared, there’s not much Vicki has not tried to do.”
“If you make up your mind that you are going to do something, stick to it and do it,” says Gutfriend.
She has a goal for the New Year. “I would like to see if I can make it another year if I can…but that’s up to the Lord, because I have met my Waterloo twice, and I am still here to talk about it.”