It’s Time to Celebrate!
We are very excited to announce that Sherbrooke Community Centre has been on the the Eden Alternative journey for 15 years; and what a wonderful 15 years it has been. We have so many reasons to celebrate and so many things we still want to accomplish. While we are not willing to rest on our laurels, we are excited and energized about how far we have come.
Since 1999, Sherbrooke has been an Eden Alternative Registry Member and we have become a world leader in the provision of resident-directed care. Sherbrooke is a centre for Eden Education and welcomes students from across Canada and internationally to the Sherbrooke Learning Centre.
We have been recognized as a Centre of Excellence (SHEA 2010) and received the Master Gardener Award at the Eden Alternative International Conference in Denver (June 2010). The National Film Board produced a one-hour documentary featuring the Artist in Residence program. CTV’s W-5 spent two days filming here in September and billed us a Canadian Success Story in long-term care.
Suellen Beatty, CEO, said, “Sherbrooke has had a rich history, with many innovations. Fundamentally we are a home for people and our most important job is to build relationships and make Sherbrooke the best place to live and work, in that order. I feel privileged to do the work that I do. I love coming to work every day and I believe it is an honour to serve our residents and their families.”
If you haven’t been to Sherbrooke, when you walk through the front door, visitors say that it feels like home. The Veterans and Kinsmen Villages include 11 homes for 103 residents and the Marieau/Wyant Residence is where 160 Elders reside. We are also fortunate to have the Oak Trees and Acorns Childcare Centre, Tumbleweed Gift Shop, accessible computer centre (e_Den@Sherbrooke), Kaleidoscope Centre for Creativity, occupational and physical therapy areas, hair salon, pool, spiritual centre, bird aviary, greenhouse, and Cameco movie theatre in our community. Sherbrooks has 10 partnership schools and welcomes hundreds of students every year from elementary and high schools, University of Saskatchewan and SIAST. The Centre has developed additional partnerships with Calder Youth Centre, Oskayak, Crocus Co-op, EGADZ, Habitat for Humanity and Canada World Youth.
The arts are alive at Sherbrooke! Since 2007, the art studio has gained international recognition for innovative arts programming. In addition, Sherbrooke staff and volunteers provide opportunities to enjoy music, accessible computer programs, film, photography, writing and dance. Kaleidoscope Centre for Creativity opened in October of 2013 and we look forward to a major art show at the Rouge Gallery and an arts symposium in the fall of 2014. This year we will also publish our first resident memoir. We are also proud to report that we are currently working on organizing a one room schoolhouse at Sherbrooke for Grade 6 students. Opportunities that will enhance life for residents continue to present themselves and we are ready to take on the challenges.
Sherbrooke is blessed to be involved in ongoing partnerships with many corporations, businesses, churches, service clubs and donors. They are world makers for our residents and are community leaders as we work for culture change in long-term care in Canada and around the world.
We are blessed to have dedicated and loving employees, volunteers, donors and friends who support our efforts to create full and abundant life for residents. Every day we grow and change and as they say, “it’s the journey, not the destination.”
If you want to learn more about the Sherbrooke Community Centre, come to the 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference in Nashville, TN starting April 30, 2014. There are a total of four presentations by this community on the second day of the conference and Suellen Beatty will be featured in an Eden Talk at the end of the day. See you there!