Located in Toronto’s Davenport Neighbourhood, near Seaton Village and The Annex, Christie Gardens Apartments & Care has been serving elders in Toronto for over 30 years.
Christie Gardens is unlike any other retirement community in Toronto. Kings and Queens graciously visited the famed Christie Veteran’s Hospital formerly located on this site. Today, Christie Gardens is home to many who have discovered living here as a truly engaging experience.
Residents at Christie Gardens have access to additional on-site care and services and the assurance that if more care is required, a move away from home at Christie will not be necessary. Now that is a community you can have faith in!
Back in March 2020, we heard from friends and family who were looking for ways to help as we dealt with the challenges posed by COVID-19. We always want to assure our stakeholders that “we’ve got this”, but these were (and are!) extraordinary times.
In response to the financial challenges posed by the pandemic, The Christie Gardens Foundation established a Staff Care Fund to assist Christie Gardens staff with costs associated with living in isolation away from their families, personal protective equipment, and other COVID-related items.
When we established the fund initially we were overwhelmed by the response and we continue to be especially grateful for the notes and letters of support, which we share with the team.
At Christie Gardens one of our greatest commitments is that of improving the quality of life of our residents. Central to this is the Wellness Team – an amalgamation of fitness, physiotherapy and clinic-based offerings. Our primary goal is to serve you, the resident, as effectively as possible with regards to your health and fitness needs.
Communication and collaboration form the foundation in our efforts to assist you with your health concerns.
Our knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you achieve your goals. We encourage all residents to stop by, even if it is only for a coffee and quick hello!
The Wellness Centre works with the Fitness and Physiotherapy departments, together we form a team committed to effective management of your overall well-being. Our goal is to provide you with onsite, personalized health management that is adaptable to your changing needs.
In addition to our onsite Doctors and Nurses, the following services are available by appointment through the Wellness Centre:
photo credit: Taku Kumabe
We have developed the following programs in order to meet our resident’s goals:
By means of therapeutic exercises and other modalities, our physiotherapy team will assist in restoring, improving, and maintaining physical function affected by injury, surgery, or disability.
Examples of treatment include:
Chef Stephane has been preparing delicious and nutritious meals at Christie Gardens for 30 years.
Stephane’s expertise, vision, and execution are second to none and he looks forward to many more years of presenting culinary delights to the Christie Gardens community.
From our fully enclosed Courtyard Garden to our public gardens, everyone enjoys the green spaces at Christie Gardens. We even have herb gardens whose bounty is used by our Chef and his talented team of cooks!
Our Courtyard Garden and Wychwood patios are the venue for various programmes and activities in the summer months.
Our grounds and public gardens feature benches and seating for all – they are enjoyed by residents whenever the weather permits.
Adjacent to our South Garden is the Frankel Lambert Community Garden, recently designated by the City of Toronto and enjoyed by our residents and nearby friends in the community.
Established in 1998, The Christie Gardens Foundation is the charity arm of Christie Gardens. Year round fundraising efforts raise money to support The Capital Campaign, our Benevolent Fund, and our Research and Education Opportunities.
In 2020, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we established a Staff Care Fund.
The Christie Gardens Foundation accepts donations by cash or cheque, or using a credit card or securities online through our partner, CanadaHelps.org.
You can read more about the Foundation and our priorities and programmes in our Newsletters below.
Ernie was elected to the Board of Directors of Christie Gardens in January 2021. Ernie is the Executive Director of Discovery Pharmacy, where he also serves on the board of directors. The Discovery Pharmacy is a not for profit, fully accredited academic pharmacy which provides health care programs and services to the University of Toronto’s faculty, staff, students and wider community.
Ernie has over 15 years of professional experience in driving key strategic initiatives from the ideation/inception phase through to their execution involving a wide range of stakeholders and trans-disciplinary partnerships leading to successful sustainable programs.
Ernie’s interests include determining how the delivery of care; specifically, within the Canadian aging population and other vulnerable populations can be improved with emerging technologies.
Ernie obtained his Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business, Western University and is currently pursuing his PhD, Health Management at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.
Sam has served as a director of Christie Gardens since June 2015.
Sam is the president of Bridgemore Canada, a sales and consulting firm specializing in life safety and fire prevention; assisting property owners and their clients.
Having placed both his father (with Parkinson’s) and mother (with Alzheimer’s) in assisted living and nursing homes, Sam learned first-hand that assisted living while staying at home is no longer tenable; the importance of care and community for residents; and the collaboration needed between family and the care facility on behalf of the resident.
Sam has served as a director of The Peoples Church in Toronto and for CITT, an organization dedicated to helping those on government assistance learn the basics of financial stewardship and budgeting.
Sam has been a private pilot since 1992 and enjoys flying as well as reading, especially studying and understanding the world’s best seller: the bible.
Sam was raised as an only child and is grateful to God for family and friends.
David was appointed to the Board of Directors of Christie Gardens in April 2022 following thirty-five plus years of service in two similar senior facilities; either as a volunteer Board Member or as a Senior Management Executive. He began his career as a professional accountant working in the retail industry for private, national, and public companies – rising to the position of Executive Vice President for North America.
David’s interest in Eldercare came about by happenstance, having been appointed by his Church Board to represent the Church at a seniors care facility. He has since served in several capacities on the boards of a number for-profit, not-for-profit, and charitable organizations.
David’s overriding hobby is playing golf – which consumes much of his time. He has been married to the same wonderful woman for over fifty years and together they have four children and seven grandchildren.
Dave was appointed to the Christie Gardens Board of Directors in September 2015 and became Board Chair in October 2020. He became aware of the realities facing elders having watched his parents navigate their own eldercare journey.
Dave is a business owner whose company serves charitable and nonprofit organizations through executive search and recruitment services. His involvement in the nonprofit extends beyond Christie Gardens with over a decade of experience in other Board governance roles.
Dave lives with his wife and two children in downtown Toronto. Actively involved in a faith community, he is a singer in his church’s worship program.
At the forefront of quality management and compliance leadership, you will find Carmen Andrea: a friendly, high performing, and deeply analytical professional who leads with confidence and approaches even the most difficult and complex challenges with unflagging perseverance and commitment to success.
Carmen Andrea has successfully steered a career track leading to her current role as head of Quality Assurance for a Canadian radiopharmaceutical company with responsibilities in the areas of product quality, systems, shop floor, and tech transfer. She holds a master's degree in business administration from the Ivey School of Business and a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the National University of Colombia.
Carmen Andrea was appointed to the Board of Directors of Christie Gardens in October 2019 where she fulfills her passion to help, protect, and support vulnerable populations and enable their well being.
Claudia joined the Christie Gardens Board of Directors in April 2022. Claudia is a Managing Director at Accenture, a global leader in consulting and outsourcing services. With more than 32 years in the Consulting industry, Claudia has held several leadership roles on Accenture’s Canadian Executive Committee. As Managing Director for Quality & Risk Management, Claudia is responsible for driving quality programs across all services and industries that Accenture serves in Canada, while managing the risk profile of the overall Canadian business.
Claudia has been recognized for her work in promoting inclusive workplaces by WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award in 2016 and by Catalyst in 2018 with the Business Leader Champion Award.
Claudia is a member of the TechNation Executive Committee and an alumni of the C.D. Howe Institute, Human Capital Policy Council. She is an active contributor of the Prosperity Project as the Co-Chair for the Modern Day Rosie the Riveter initiative, Women United East Ontario, and the International Women’s Forum, Ottawa Chapter.
Claudia has a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours degree from Queen’s University. She has also graduated from the 2016-2017 IWF Fellows Program and the ICD-Rotman Director’s Education / Certification Program. Claudia and her husband Robert have been married for 32 years and are proud parents of their adult son, Stephen and they enjoy the company of their loving sheltie, Lily.
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