Awards & Recognition

Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge has the distinction of being among the select communities accredited by CARF-CCAC, an independent nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. We are among only a small percentage of the nation’s thousands of retirement communities that have earned this distinction based on demonstrated conformity to a series of rigorous and internationally recognized standards. The standards require a commitment to quality improvement, a focus on the unique needs of each person served, and monitoring the results. Think of it as similar to the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.”  For more information, you may visit

We’ve been named the winner of the Local Food Hub Institutional Leader Community Food Award for its commitment to local agriculture. The award honors an organization that is dedicated to buying local food, enhancing community access, and supporting local economic and agricultural development. On average, 15 percent of our menu is local, a number that only increases in the summer months with the availability of fresh locally grown produce including grassfed ground beef, wildflower honey, apple cider, yellow cornmeal, white grits, slicing tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash.

For 11 consecutive years, we’ve been awarded the honor of “Most Respected Retirement Community” by readers of Charlottesville’s The Daily Progress newspaper.

Proudly, we’ve also been honored with Gold Status for Independent Living by Our Health Magazine in their inaugural Shenandoah Valley/Charlottesville Senior Health Awards, as well as an Honorable Mention as a Best Place to Work in The Daily Progress 2015 Readers Poll.

Our healthcare services have not gone unnoticed; our Vista Memory Support received the Design Innovation of the Year award from the Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes (1995).