Our Story

OUR HISTORY

In 1964, a group of community-minded and caring volunteers set about to open a special care home to fill a need to care for the ageing population.

These volunteers saw that communities were changing and there was a need to provide care for ageing people. Regina Lutheran Home opened its doors that year as a special care home and continues to operate today.

STRATEGIC VISION

Our goal is to offer opportunities for individuals of all ages to live their best life – a life worth living with meaning, purpose and choice. We do this by eliminating the plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom.

Every day, we create communities of people who are connected, fulfilled and secure. Beyond today, it is our vision that by 2025, Eden Care Communities will be known for our community-based, integrated, intergenerational, inclusive and innovative service delivery culture and model of care and support.

Known For Our Community Service

We will be known for our community service based on passion, principles and person-directed care in the pursuit of excellence. We will be known as builders. We will be the “option”. We will lead others in the enhancement and promotion of our Eden Alternative® philosophy of person-centered and person-directed care.

We will be collaborating with a broad array of national, provincial, regional, municipal, for-profit and not-for-profit service providers to provide best in class evidence-based care service to an intergenerational community throughout the birth to death life cycle.

Empowering, Innovative, & Dedicated

We will provide intergenerational care services across the broadest spectrum of care to residents of all cultures, faiths, beliefs, social strata and ages. Our homes and programs will provide best in class long-term care service including respite, palliative and hospice services. These same non-segregated homes will provide young adult housing and cater to disabilities for that age group.

We will be known as advocates and navigators in addition to providing care services to the vulnerable. Our care team will be empowering, innovative and dedicated to promoting increased quality of life and growth. We will be one of the nation’s employers of choice in the provision of intergenerational care services.

Expanding Our Reach

Since 1964, Eden Care Communities has expanded its reach across the province with a broad spectrum of homes, care and support. The organization has grown from serving 62 individuals in a year to over 1,200 now.

From one city to three and now with over 400 employees, Eden Care Communities is one of Saskatchewan’s largest charities.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Eden Care Communities is governed by a volunteer board of directors who represent a cross-section of communities. As leaders of one of Saskatchewan’s largest charities, they commit their time and experience with the intent of ensuring our strategic vision is fulfilled.

Chair

Cadmus Delorme

Chief Cadmus Delorme, a Cree and Saulteaux, is a citizen and currently Chief of the Cowessess First Nation. Mr. Delorme recently graduated from the Institute of Corporate Director with a designation, received a Master of Public
Administration from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Business Administration along with a Certificate in Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming Entertainment Management from the First Nations
University of Canada (FNUniv). While a student, Mr. Delorme served in several capacities within the student association, including vice-president and president, and also served as a student ambassador. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his student leadership and the hospitality he showed to Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, when they visited FNUniv in 2012. Mr. Delorme has also been named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, which celebrates the province’s new generation of leaders, builders and change-makers under the age of 40. Chief Delorme worked as the Student Recruitment Officer for the First Nations University of Canada from 2013 to 2016 when he was elected as Chief. He lives with his wife Kimberly, brother-in-law, daughter and 2 sons on Cowessess First Nation. Chief Delorme was re-elected to a second term as Chief of the Cowessess First Nation in April 2019.
Darrel Chastkiewicz

Darrel Chastkiewicz

Darrel is currently serving a second, nine-year term on the ECC board. He began his career in Information Technology in 1986, and he joined CHAZ Sales Corporation in 2010 as a Manufacturer Representative of high voltage products. Darrel and his wife are active in their faith community and enjoy time with family. They are proud of their adult children and treasure the time they spend with their grandchildren.

Darrel began his career in Information Technology from 1986 to 2010 – spending the first 12 years as an IT Specialist and the following years in management. In 2010 he joined CHAZ Sales Corporation as a Manufacturer Representative.

Darrel is married to Maureen and together they have raised two daughters and one son and are proud grandparents.

Sheila Wilson

Sheila Wilson

Sheila has a Nursing Diploma and has a varied career in the human services area, serving as the coordinator of the
Driving Without Impairment Program in North East SK, Co-Director of the Adult Day Program at Sherbrooke
Community Centre, Manager and Tenant Services Coordinator at WestPark Lodge, an assisted living facility in Red Deer, Alberta, as well as a returning officer for Elections Saskatchewan and Elections Canada. She has held many volunteer positions with Girl Guides and is active in the Children’s Choir and Fellowship Committee and is an elder in her church. She has been married for 57 years, has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

John Miller

John has been a member of the Board since 2016. With his background in Information Technology, John's career with the Government of Canada emphasized data security and privacy while upholding the values of Integrity, Professionalism, Respect and Collaboration. John is actively involved as a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Regina and has served on Church Council as Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer over the years. John finds joy in plants and trees, his community garden plot and travelling to explore the wide world. He is married to Brenda and is proud of his 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Tyson Liske

Tyson Liske has lived in Saskatchewan his whole life. Tyson has called Regina home since 1986. He has worn many hats in his day, from 911 dispatching, to Pastoral Ministry, to home-building and now in start up technology. As a champion of people, Tyson loves to find ways to serve others. Tyson and his wife Brett have been married for 17 years and have 3 children.

Steven Hurlburt

Steven is an Investment Advisor and Regina Branch Manager for Mackie Research Capital. He and his wife Tracy have made their home in Regina since 1986 where they have been actively involved as wine educators/commentators and now as classic car enthusiasts. Steven is a member of the WaWa Shriners Klown unit and Wascana #2 Masonic Lodge.

Rodney Guy

Rod has a Diploma in Accounting and a Chartered Professional Accounting designation (CPA, retired). Rod’s career was spent primarily in the forest products manufacturing industry. The first portion of his career was spent in various accounting, strategic business planning, and financial leadership roles with several forest products companies. Rod then made a significant career change, moving on to the operations and executive leadership part of the business. Rod served as General Manager of several manufacturing facilities in western Canada before taking on a senior leadership role with responsibility for manufacturing plants across Canada. Rod retired in 2009 but then returned to working life three different times before managing to stay retired. Rod and his wife Bonnie were both born in Saskatchewan. Bonnie and Rod have been married for 47 years and have two children and two grandchildren.
Jim Farney

Jim Farney

Jim Farney is the Regina Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. An academic political scientist, he writes and teaches about Canadian political institutions. Originally from Alberta, he has been part of Eden Care since 2016. He and his family attend Resurrection Roman Catholic parish.
Derrick Bellows

Derrick Bellows

Derrick has a diverse background as a senior municipal public servant and director of not-for-profit organizations. He has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, a Diploma in Christian Studies, and an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He had a career with the City of Regina in environmental services before retiring in 2013. He also participated in the development of Saskatchewan’s Environmental Code, worked on a CIDA project for solid waste management in Sri Lanka, was the Leader of the 2005 Summer Games Environmental Services Unit, participated as a committee member developing Biomedical Waste Guidelines for the Saskatchewan Government, and was the chair of both the Investigation and Discipline Committees of the Saskatchewan’s Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists. He is currently involved as a volunteer in a number or organizations. Derrick and his wife have 3 married daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Candace Seon

Candace Seon was born and raised on the prairies and has lived in the Regina area for over 25 years. Candace played high school volleyball and was on the University of Regina's debate team. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy/sociology and has worked for government, non-profit and for-profit organizations as a career executive assistant. Candace resides with her husband Nathan and their young children on an acreage in the RM of Edenwold.

Nidhi Verma

Nidhi Verma was born and raised in India and has lived in Regina for more than 19 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a diploma in marketing management and computer science.

Nidhi currently serves as a Treasurer of the India Canada Association of Saskatchewan and for the past six years has been member of the organizing committee for Mosaic – For India Pavilion

She has also been an instrumental part of the India Supper Night organizing committee, for which she serves as Chair for the current year. She has served on the Board of Directors for RIFFA for two terms, Secretary at Hindu temple of Saskatchewan Board and in different capacities for India Canada Association of Saskatchewan Board for last 10 years.

In her professional career, Nidhi is an Assistant Branch Manager with TD bank. Nidhi is also a proud owner of a local business contributing to employment creation in the City. Nidhi and her husband Nish Prasad have been married for 19 years and have two kids.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our day to day operations are led by Alan Stephen, Chief Executive Officer. He is supported by a team of executives with diverse and varied experiences.

Chief Executive Officer

Alan Stephen

Alan Stephen is our Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Eden Care Communities, he was the Chief Operating Officer of New Brunswick Emergency Medical Services, the Director of the ORNGE Communications Centre, Project Manager at SNC-Lavalin PAE, the General Manager Infrastructure and Emergency Services with the City of Greater Sudbury, the Director/Dean of the School of Transportation for the Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology and Director Business Development, Marketing and Sales for the Crowe Group.

Mr. Stephen started his career with the Canadian Forces and has held various senior level command and staff appointments in Canada and Europe on NATO and United Nations duties. He graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science and has a Professional Logistics designation from Canadian Professional Logistics Institute. He also attended the Canadian Forces Command & Staff College.

Mr. Stephen is married to Jacky Stephen, a teacher and has two children, Cameron and Christopher.

Connie Fuessel
Executive Director of Assisted Living Supports

Connie Fuessel

Connie is the Executive Director of Assisted Living Supports.

She is a Registered Nurse and has more than 20 years experience working in the fields of long-term care, nurse management and quality improvement. She is a certified Eden Alternative® instructor and is deeply committed to and passionate about Geriatric Care.

Chief Financial Officer

Juanita Pandya

Juanita Pandya is the Chief Financial Officer for Eden Care Communities. She holds the Chartered Professional Accountant Designation (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Risk manager (CRM). During Juanita’s 30 year career in finance, she has worked with organizations in life insurance, transportation, construction and the charitable sector. Juanita has served on many boards and committees as a volunteer, including the India Canada Association, the regulatory and licensing committee of CPA Saskatchewan, and the professional conduct committee of CPA Saskatchewan. She has also been a coach for 10 years in the community soccer league of Regina.

She is a Registered Nurse and has more than 20 years experience working in the fields of long-term care, nurse management and quality improvement. She is a certified Eden Alternative® instructor and is deeply committed to and passionate about Geriatric Care.

Bill Pratt
Chief Relationship, Research & Innovation Officer

Bill Pratt

Bill Pratt serves a dual role with Eden Care Communities: CEO of the Foundation and Chief Relationship, Research & Innovation Officer. His commitment to serving others and inspire greatness give him excellent insight for leading organizations.

His Pan-Canadian experience across sectors ranging from local to international give him a broad perspective for being a leader within the charitable sector. Supporting his vast charitable experience is an MA Leadership, Certified Fundraising Executive, Association of Fundraising Professionals Master Trainer (one of 281 globally) and completion of the Institute of Corporate Directors Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials program.

Ranald Rasmussen
Vice President of Support Services

Ranald Ramussen

Ranald Rasmussen is the Vice President of Support Services. He has more than 30 years experience in hotel and hospitality management at properties across Saskatchewan in the areas of marketing, supply chain management, staffing and hospitality.
Ryan Bahan
Executive Director of Community Living Supports

Ryan Bahan

Ryan Bahan is the Executive Director of Community Living Supports. He is a Certified Eden Associate Educator with Eden Care Communities. He obtained his Certificate in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies from the University of Regina.
Tracey Mazur
Executive Director of Human Resources

Tracey Mazur

Tracey Mazur is the Executive Director of Human Resources. She has an MBA from the University of Regina. She has worked in the fields of tourism, hospitality and charities holding positions in marketing, communications, sales, fundraising and operations.
Beverly Lamontagne
Corporate Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Beverly Lamontagne

Beverly Lamontagne is the Corporate Executive Assistant and Office Manager at Eden Care Communities providing support to the CEO.

Beverly brings 20 years experience at the senior level in administration within the areas of medical, administrative and educational supports.

REPORTS

It is an honour to provide care and support to some of the most valuable and vulnerable individuals in our communities.

These reports tell the story of Elders, Residents, Tenants, Saplings, Care Partners and families.

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

We are on an Innovation Journey to ensure the quality of life of those we serve is always improving and seeking ways to deliver the best possible care and support.

Are you involved in research and innovation? Have you got a project you want to tell us about? Please start a conversation by contacting Bill Pratt at bill.pratt@edencare.ca.