Abbeyfield is an International society dedicated to providing seniors with affordable, companionable and secure housing in a family-sized household within their local community. Community sponsored and supported, Abbeyfield Houses are set up and run on a not-for-profit basis under the management of a volunteer board of directors. Costs, which include meals, are shared by residents. A proven concept begun in England more than 50 years ago, there are now more than 1,100 Abbeyfield Houses worldwide, and 30 houses currently operating in Canada.
The Abbeyfield Caledon House is located in a peaceful, rural area of the Town of Caledon in the village of Caledon East, just north of Toronto. The House offers an independent, affordable living alternative in a warm family style environment. The House provides Residents with a balance between privacy, companionship, security, and independence.
Chair of the Board
Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts (pre-medical science) from the University of Ottawa and a Master degree in Social Work from the Wilfred Laurier University. After many years in senior leadership positions in public service in Ontario, Joe has continued his passion for innovative community development and capacity building.
Since leaving the public service, he has led the Ontario Community Support Association as CEO, been Chair of the Halton Peel District Health Council, and was the founding Chair of the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) from 2005 to 2011. Joe currently works part-time as a senior consultant with a firm which focuses on board governance, planning, integration and leadership. Joe has been a resident of Caledon East for over 25 years and he and Brenda are the proud parents of six children and now seven grandchildren.
Vice-chair of the Board
Leoné is a graduate of York University. She has a diploma from Humber in Human Resources and her Certified Financial Planner designation. She worked for 22 years with the CIBC in various capacities including Branch Manager of the local bank. She is currently retired and enjoying spending time with her grandchildren.
Leoné has lived in Caledon East since 1977 with her husband Tony and their two children. Over the last 35 years she has volunteered in the community in various capacities including being Program Co-coordinator of the Community School, baseball coach, secretary for the Playschool, on the board of the Bolton chapter of the Salvation Army, Chair of Outreach and Ministry and Personnel at the United Church and volunteered for the 2015 Pan Am games.
Jim graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in Civil Engineering and has taken the Canadian Securities as well as the CIFP financial planning courses. He recently retired from an aviation career, having flown corporate jets for over forty years, based at Pearson International Airport. He has also served as president of the Caledon East Tennis club.
Jim and his wife Stephanie, who have two daughters and two granddaughters, have lived in Caledon for over 36 years.
Chris Blackmere graduated McMaster University with a degree in literature and philosophy in 2000. Since then, he has operated a bookkeeping and accounting practice in the Caledon area.
As an accountant specializing in small, family-owned businesses, he has extensive experience in financial problem solving. Chris is fluent in both English and BBQ. Chris, his wife Beth and their two sons have lived to Caledon East since 2008.
Gerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and has worked as a financial services executive with major financial institutions for over 25 years. Gerry’s career has centred on the wealth management sector with primary responsibilities for strategic planning, sales and marketing.
Commitment to community includes serving as a Board Director on the Central West LHIN (Local Health Integrated Network) for six years, including the Chair of the Finance Committee, Board Chair for Hospice Caledon (now Bethell Hospice), Vice-Chair of Hospice Caledon Foundation and Chair of two Independent Review Committees for mutual fund companies. Gerry is also a member of the Property Standards Committee for the Town of Caledon.
Gerry has lived in Caledon for 17 years, raising 2 sons with her husband Chris.
Andrea co-owns Core Solutions Physiotherapy & Wellness in Caledon East and Schomberg. She has been a Certified Athletic Therapist for over 20 years travelling and working with high performance athletes and has been fortunate to serve as part of the integrated medical team at the last two summer Olympic games.
Andrea is probably most known for her tenure as co-Chair with the Caledon East Revitalization Committee. This local committee hosted local events as fundraisers to raise money for beautifying downtown Caledon East. The banners, flags, and all flowers are just a few things that were proclaimed by this committee. She has also served as the past President for her National association and numerous committee and board positions within her Provincial association.
Andrea has been a long time Caledon East resident with her husband Mark and three sons, Kyle, Tyson and Bryce. She is looking forward to serving the residents of Abbeyfield.
Maureen is a Law Clerk registered with the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario since 2009, as well as a Commissioner of Oaths registered with the Ministry of the Attorney General. She, along with her husband and son, has been a resident of Caledon East since 2000 and has worked as a Law Clerk with a law firm in Caledon East since 2005. Prior to 2005, she worked with numerous law firms in downtown Toronto as a Legal Assistant.
In the past, Maureen has volunteered with youth groups in the Caledon area, serving with Scouts Canada and 892 Snowy Owl Squadron RCAC. In recent years, as she cared for her father who was battling Alzheimer’s, she has come to recognize the growing needs of seniors in the Caledon area. Maureen is overjoyed to work on the Board of Directors for Abbeyfield Caledon in honour of her father and in recognition of the love and support needed by our seniors.