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 received a B.A. from First Nations University of Canada in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Administration at Johnson Shoyama Graduate Studies School of Public Policy. He is currently the Chief of the Cowessess First Nation. He has served in many volunteer positions including motivational presentations to educational institutions and Crown Corporations, Saskatchewan Indian Summer Games Board, the Aboriginal Sport Leadership Council, and on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee for the RCMP. His many awards include CBC’s Future 40 under 40, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award, and the Sask Gaming Community Leadership Scholarship. He enjoys wellness and sports, reading and research. He is married and has two children.

He currently works as a motorcycle service technician. Prior to this, he spent his summers working at Camp Christopher, a joint ministry of the United and Presbyterian Churches.

He has also lead youth groups, provided staff training for camps and co-directed camps throughout Saskatchewan.

He is married, with two children.

Darrel Chastkiewicz

Darrel Chastkiewicz

Darrel is currently serving his second nine year term on the ECC Board.

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, Co-Director of the Adult Day Program at Sherbrooke Community Centre, Tenant Services Coordinator at WestPark Lodge, as well as a returning officer for Elections Saskatchewan.

She has held many volunteer positions with Girl Guides and is active in the Children’s Choir and Fellowship Committee of her church.

Sheila has been married for 55 years, has 2 children and 4 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.

Jessica McNaughton

Jessica McNaughton is the founder and CEO of memoryKPR technology Inc., an interactive, digital time capsule tool to save, store, protect and design your story. She is an EMBA from the Levene Graduate School of Business and local tech industry entrepreneur. Her reputation as an expert in leadership, innovation and corporate culture has her acting as an advisor / coach to a select group of Corporate leaders across Canada, while also running her own company. McNaughton was born and raised in Saskatchewan and worked abroad before settling in Banff and Calgary. She worked for some of Canada’s most respected corporations, such as WestJet, RBC and, Shell Canada, and was recognised among the city’s Top 40 under 40. Prior to starting her own company, Jessica held a C-suite executive position at a Chartered Bank. Jessica moved back to Saskatchewan in 2009 and is active in her community of Moose Jaw where she resides with her family.
Marianne Weston

Marianne Weston

Marianne has been a board member for six years.

Prior to her retirement; after graduate school she taught political science and social work courses, and worked as a Research Associate at the University of Regina and the Department of Health.

For the 10 years following, she did organizational development, research and strategic planning with non-profit groups in Saskatchewan.

Finally, she worked for 16 years as the Associate Deputy Minister to the Premier of Saskatchewan. She is married, has two children, three granddaughters and two great granddaughters.

John Miller

He has served for over 30 years as a member of the Federal Public Service, the last half of that has been working in IT, providing computer support to clients throughout the country.

He is a member of Christ Lutheran Church and has served on the Church Council in a number of positions including President and Vice President.

John is married to Brenda, has 5 children and 2 grandchildren.

Tyson Liske

Having 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. He is married to his wife, Brett, of 17 years with 3 kids.

She is a professional accountant CPA-CMA and has experience in the corporate, federal, provincial and non-profit sectors.

Catherine is dedicated to family and actively engaged with her three children and five grandchildren.

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.
Simon Graham

Simon Graham

Simon has been a board member for six years.

He currently works as a motorcycle service technician. Prior to this, he spent his summers working at Camp Christopher, a joint ministry of the United and Presbyterian Churches.

He has also lead youth groups, provided staff training for camps and co-directed camps throughout Saskatchewan.

He is married, with two children.

Jim Farney

Jim Farney

Jim Farney has a B.A. and M.A. in Political Studies for the University of Saskatchewan, and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

He is currently an Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina where his research interests include Canadian party politics, political institutions, and religion and politics.

He is a prolific writer and his research papers and publications include the book Social Conservatism and Party Politics in Canada and the United States as well as many book chapters and journal articles in his areas of research interest. You might have also heard him on CBC, as he is a frequent commenter regarding provincial and national politics.

Jim has lived in Regina for 6 years. He and Christina have two children and worship at Campion Chapel.

Derrick Bellows

Derrick Bellows

Derrick has a diverse background as a senior municipal public servant and director of non-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 currently has a consulting practice focused on governance and municipal services. Derrick is married and has 3 adult daughters.

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.

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.

Alan Stephen
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.

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.
Lacy Renauld
Executive Director of Long-term Care Support

Lacy Renauld

Lacy Renauld is the Executive Director of Long-term Care Support. She graduated from the Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan (University of Saskatchewan) and has over 15 years nursing experience in acute and long-term care.
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

The plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom continue to be the scourge of our society, regardless of age, gender, social strata or culture. We are making a difference by providing hope, a sense of independence and choice.

Over the past year, with the strategic direction, support and encouragement of the Board, we continue to build human habitats where life revolves around plants, animals, children and music thus enabling people to have quality lives worth living, regardless of age, culture or situation.

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.