History

Our history began in the early 1960s. The Beavis family of Saskatoon realized there was a need for high quality care for the aged, in bright, modern surroundings. After much planning, Sherbrooke Nursing Home opened Feb. 7, 1966, under the leadership of Mr. R. B. (Bob) Beavis.

Standards were high, with personal and nursing care supplemented by programs new to nursing homes, such as physiotherapy and recreational programs organized by a full time activities director. Due to increasing demand for care and services, Cedar’s Villa was added as part of the complex.

In 1972, the Anglican and Roman Catholic dioceses of Saskatoon and several congregations of the Mennonite Church approached Mr. Beavis regarding the purchase of Sherbrooke. With the assistance of a grant from the Government of Saskatchewan, and support from Mr. Gilbert M. Wright, the Sherbrooke Community Society was organized and incorporated.

The society assumed ownership of Sherbrooke Nursing Home and Cedar’s Villa Nursing Centre on Oct. 1, 1972, and changed the name of the complex to Sherbrooke Community Centre.

The Saskatoon Presbytery of the United Church of Canada joined the Sherbrooke Community Society in 1973, and the Presbyterian Church’s Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan joined the society in 1977.

The affairs of the Sherbrooke Community Society and Sherbrooke Community Centre were entrusted to a board of directors comprised of two representatives from each of the sponsoring churches, four persons elected from the membership of the society, and one resident of the centre. The board later expanded to include five representatives from the membership, and two Residents who are members of the Residents’ Council.

Mr. E. Marleau was appointed the first permanent, full time administrator, and assumed office on April 30, 1973.

In 2007, Central Haven Special Care Home amalgamated with Sherbrooke. It is located in Saskatoon’s west-side and is home to more than 60 residents.

In the years that followed, Sherbrooke proved to be a shining example of cutting edge long term care in Saskatchewan, Canada, and internationally. Learn more about our initiatives!

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