Ann Maze was congratulated by friends and family on her 105th birthday today at the Chartwell seniors' residence in Kelowna.

Kelowna senior celebrates 105th birthday

Friends and family join in birthday celebration for Ann Maze, a resident at the Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement residence.

  • Oct. 30, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Ann Maze has seen much more than a great deal in her lifetime.

As she celebrated her 105th birthday at the Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement residence in Kelowna on Friday, it has been 68 years since she first set foot in Canada with her two children.

Ann moved to Kelowna from the Lower Mainland at the age of 100 to be closer to her son. Since reaching the century age plateau, she has received multiple congratulatory certificates from various political dignitaries—Queen Elizabeth, Governor General of Canada, Lieutenant-Governor of B.C., Canada’ s prime minister, the B.C. premier and local riding MPs. And she has returned the favour by voting in federal elections, including the recent federal election Oct. 19.

She claims the success to her longevity has been to keep busy and exercise, an attitude she continues to follow today, either walking or taking a turn on the exercise bike.

When she arrived in Canada back in 1947, she did so in dramatic fashion as one of the plane engines caught fire in flight, causing an emergency landing in the Maritimes where strangers took her and her two kids in until they could arrange transportation to their initial destination, Montreal, from w here they were to catch a connecting flight to Vancouver.

Ann has been active in sports activities for most of her life. In particular, she was an avid lawn bowler, very involved in the Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Association as a member and coach for more than 50 years. She is a life member of that association today.

She played on teams that won numerous lawn bowling awards, among them a bronze medal at the 1971 Summer Games, and she marked her 100th birthday by throwing out the first ball of the opening day of the lawn bowling season.

Ann has always loved to travel and been to most of the major countries in the world during her life, with India being the one notable exception. She enjoys opera, classical music and is a Beatles fan.


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