Abbeyfield is an international non-profit society dedicated to providing seniors with affordable, companionable and safe 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 with more in development.
The Abbeyfield Caledon House is located in a peaceful, residential area 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, safety 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
Gord is a graduate of Western University and is an experienced association and non-profit agency executive leading major professional, trade and health care organizations. For the past 17 years he has led CANES Community Care as its CEO. CANES provides 12 programs and services to over 4500 seniors in the west end of the GTA and his key responsibilities include government relations, strategic planning and implementation, business development and stakeholder relations.
A life-long learner, Gord has completed executive programs at the Ivey Business School, Western University and Harvard Business School. He has received numerous awards including the Bhayana Foundation Leadership Award presented by the United Way of Greater Toronto.
His commitment to volunteerism includes serving as Past President of the Canadian Society of Association Executives – Trillium Chapter, Member of the Policy Committee, Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) and volunteer Treasurer of Caledon Hydro.
Gord and his wife Judith have lived in Caledon for over 35 years and raised two sons and a daughter in the area. Gord now follows Judith to carry on their family commitment to Abbeyfield Caledon as she served on the original Building Committee and then on the Board of Directors for over nine years. He looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors with the goal to enhance the services available to the residents so that they can continue to live independently.
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.
John Tutty has lived in the Region of Peel for most of his life. A University of Toronto graduate, John started teaching for the Peel school board in 1965. As a physical education and mathematics teacher at the secondary school level, John had a long and enjoyable career.
Since his retirement, John has continued to coach boys’ football and girls’ rugby, leading his teams to many championships over the years.
John has volunteered extensively in Caledon with youth sports programs, and he’s pleased to be able to now provide support to the Abbeyfield community.
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.
Carol, EMBA of Western University, grew up on a farm in the Bolton area. She spent most of her working career in sales and marketing positions within the pharmaceutical industry. Her ties to the area are very strong and working with seniors is a passion.
Post retirement, Carol bought two Downsizing Diva franchises. The focus was on helping seniors when the time came to downsize from the family home to smaller accommodation, usually a senior’s residence.
She found the experience of guiding seniors in the decision making process and helping them with the many challenges presented by relocation extremely rewarding. She was always moved by the joy on the faces of her clients when they first walked into their newly set up suite, ready to start their new life.
Selling the franchises a few years ago, gave her the opportunity to tend to the property and home she and her husband enjoy but also found her with some extra time on her hands. By joining the Abbeyfield Board, Carol is able to use her prior experience helping to provide an environment for seniors which offers companionship, healthy meals and security.
Monica possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University; Bachelor of Education degree from Ontario Teacher Education College; and, a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations from the University of Toronto. She recently retired from the position of Director, Human Resources with PPG Canada Inc. and PPG Architectural Coatings Canada Inc. where she had worked thirty-four years. During her working career, Monica had the opportunity to work both in the US and the UK.
During her working life, she had been participated in a number of volunteer activities involving the leadership development of women; mentoring young high school women; mentoring Human Resources professionals through the Ontario Human Resources Association; participating in the US Junior Achievement Program; and, teaching English as a Second Language with the Caledon Community Services.
Monica has resided in Caledon for over twenty-eight years of which the last nine have been in Caledon East. She has one step-daughter who lives in the city of Toronto with her husband and two young children and she also has two grandchildren residing in the UK. Monica looks forward to actively contributing to the Board of Directors and supporting a positive and comfortable environment for the residents at Abbeyfield.