About Pender Harbour Seniors Housing Society
For over 25 years there has been much concern and discussion about the the lack of affordable seniors housing in Pender Harbour. In an effort to address and resolve this situation the Area A Seniors Housing Project was formed in 1990 as a registered non-profit society. Serviced land was donated by Ryan and Sue Campbell in their Lily Lake subdivision and the society decided to proceed with the Abbeyfield concept of senior's housing. Abbeyfield consists of rented bachelor suites clustered around a central kitchen with a live-in attendant. Much effort and fundraising was put into having such a project established but it was not successful in attracting enough clients. This was due mainly to the fact that most seniors want at least one separate bedroom in their final home.
The name of our society was officially changed to Pender Harbour Seniors Housing Society as a result the 2012 AGM and since then the Board has been in conversation with the Pender Harbour Legion about the possibility of building condominiums for seniors on Legion property. With that in mind a professional Needs Assessment has been completed that indicates we should build 30 condominiums for seniors in Pender! That has now being followed up with a survey of seniors asking specific details about what they would desire in their condominium home.
While in a state of change, please be assured that all funds that have been accumulated through the many Community dances, bake sales and donations remain secure. It is Community interest in Seniors Housing that first created our organization and the funds and volunteer hours that have been donated, by both the Community and Board members past and present, are a solemn trust!
The Healthy Meal Program will continue without pause. This very successful effort has been assisting area seniors for some time and we are proud of both the program and the members of our Society and the Community that allow that to happen!
For the past several years we have been working with building and floor-plan designs developed with expertise from local designers and builders. Over the years our board of directors have been instrumental in leading us step by step towards success.
Several years ago, a major move was to step back, at least for the time being, from a commitment to the Abbeyfield Model of Seniors Housing. We feel that our commitment at this point in time has to be to “Affordable Seniors Housing” rather than a particular model. The choice of a particular model will come from the community over time and, while the Abbeyfield model is not eliminated as a possibility, community needs will dictate any final direction.
Visible and minor changes:
The most visible change for our group is our name. “Pender Harbour Seniors Housing” reflects as closely as possible our objective of creating affordable seniors housing in this area. Over the next few months, you can expect to see signage in the area to reflect this change.
We have completed an unbiased survey on the need for seniors housing in this area, referred to now as the Matt Thompson Study. Such documentation was one of the first things identified by the Legion housing expert Dave MacDonald and the lack of same stood in the way of any application for government funding. We received CMHC funding to complete this survey, and the results are what spurred us to redesign the units to accommodate affordable seniors housing.
Our Board of Directors
The experience and skills of our Directors evolve as the Board changes from year to year. All of our Directors have a commitment to the Pender Harbour area and to providing assistance to seniors. Currently, our Directors represent experience in senior's care, small business, real estate, fundraising and project management. There is a strong record of community service within our Board that also exhibits ties to many community organizations and churches in the Pender Harbour area.
Current board members include:
Dennis Cotter, Director
Dennis Cotter is now retired after a 34 year career as a general contractor in both residential and commercial construction. During his career, estimating and negotiating contracts and organizing production were key components along with liaising with government departments and business managers. Dennis volunteered for many years in the local fire department and was also the chairman of the board of trustees. He is currently a volunteer with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.
Rick MacDonald, Director
Rick MacDonald is currently the administrator of the Pender Harbour Health Centre, a position he has held since 2007. The Health Centre is a recognized leader in community delivered health care and actively sponsors and supports multiple senior’s focused programs including, Harbourside Friendships, the Senior’s Initiative and Better at Home. Mr. MacDonald brings over 30 years of experience in senior corporate leadership roles in technology companies in the areas of financial services, telecommunications and life sciences. His career includes several years in the United States and he has served on numerous boards of directors throughout his career. Mr. MacDonald holds diplomas in Building Engineering Technology and Business Administration from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Mike Carson, Vice Chairperson
Mike is a respected real estate agent on the Sunshine Coast for the last 15 years and prior to moving to BC in 1987 was in marketing for a major pharmaceutical company. Mike has assisted in the development of non-profit projects on the Coast such as The Sunshine Coast Botanical Gardens. Mike is also a volunteer with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.
Ann Munroe, Director
Ann is a retired Register Nurse with 53 years of experience. She has worked in Critical Care; ICU, PARR Head Nurse and 3 years managing a 3 Dr. OB/GYN. Ann was also Assistant Director of Care at Crofton House, a senior independent/residential facility. Ann has also worked as a Case Manager. Working actively with families and patients, Ann was intimately involved in the provision of care including the the assessment and contractual relationships of the parties.
Doug Elliot, Director
Doug is both an electrical engineer and a Medical Doctor. Doug spent many years in the aviation and space industry in the United States including the design of Satellites. Four of Doug's satellites are in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Since moving to the Sunshine Coast, Doug has been a very active volunteer in numerous bodies including Seniors activities.
Ron Seymour, Secretary-Treasurer
Ron K. Seymour, FCPA, FCGA, has exercised his professional accountings skills in public practise serving hundreds of clients, for over 35 years, in both Manitoba where he and his family were established, and now in British Columbia, where he now resides on the Sunshine Coast near Pender Harbour. His experience with NPO & Society structures as well as accounting skills makes him a valuable asset on our Pender Harbour Seniors Housing board. Ron is in his third year as Treasurer
Les Falk, Chairperson
Les has had a career in law and business. His history includes participation in the development of major works in Ontario including Ontario Place, Sheridan Research Park and two industrial parks. He has represented clients in a variety of developments and their financing. Les was also very involved in the development of Lifecycle Housing in Powell River which is a BC Housing funded project.
The Board is assisted by a number of other community members: