OUR COMMUNITY - History
In the early 1960's, 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 was opened February 7, 1966 under the leadership of Mr. R. B. (Bob) Beavis. Standards were set high with personal and nursing care supplemented by programs new to nursing homes, such as physiotherapy services and an activities program organized by a full time Activities' Director. Due to increasing demand, Cedar's Villa Nursing Centre was added as a part of the complex. Programs instituted at Sherbrooke were continued in this new building.

In the fall of 1972, a group of persons representing Anglican and Roman Catholic Dioceses of Saskatoon and several congregations of the General Conference of the Mennonite Church, became interested in the nursing home field and approached Mr. Beavis regarding the purchase of Sherbrooke. The proposal was discussed with the Government of Saskatchewan and approval given for a government grant. With the assistance of the late Mr. Gilbert M. Wright, the Sherbrooke Community Society was organized, incorporated, and assumed ownership of Sherbrooke-Cedar's Complex on October 1, 1972. The name became Sherbrooke Community Centre. Later the Society was joined by the Saskatoon Presbytery of the United Church of Canada (Feb. 8, 1973) and the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan of the Presbyterian Church (May 16, 1977). Many interested individuals also became members of the Society.

The affairs of the Society and 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 was later expanded by having 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.

The years that followed brought many changes -- a full time physical therapist, chaplain, dietician, occupational therapist, and a volunteer co-ordinator. Reality Orientation and Horticultural Therapy were introduced; recreation programs were expanded and enriched. Emphasis in care has been quality of life, reactivation, and independence for the residents. Therapy programs and personnel have increased. Sherbrooke now provides therapy services to other Special Care Homes in Saskatoon. In 1982, a Materials Management Department was established.

The Community Day Program opened in 1974 and presently serves over 100 persons who are living in the community. An evening program “Moving On” began in 2000, in partnership with the Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team.

The Residents' Council was formed in 1974 and has gained considerable recognition, even internationally.

There has been increasing emphasis on education and Sherbrooke has become a clinical practice field for students of many disciplines.

The Gilbert Wright Recreation Centre was opened in 1978 to accommodate the expanding programs and adult day care. It was named in honour of Mr. Gilbert Wright who spearheaded the beginnings of Sherbrooke Community Society to operate the Centre.

The Therapeutic Pool opened in 1987 to serve as an adjunct to recreation and therapeutic programs.

Sherbrooke's volunteer program plays an important and vital function in the centre. Individuals and groups from our greater community supplement all Sherbrooke's programs and services.

Sherbrooke Community Centre is an accredited long term care facility with the Canadian Council on Health Facilities Accreditation. - (since 1981).

Implemented Corporate structure - June 1989.

Implemented Principles of Care - 1988.

Currently implementing Principles of Management - CARE 2000 (1990).

An Ethics Committee was established in 1990.

Signed affiliation agreement with the Saskatoon Health Region Board - April 1992.

Phase I construction:

  • Ancillary building housing food services, cafeteria, laundry, maintenance, stores, purchasing, staff locker rooms - February 1993
  • 160 bed, 4 floor, resident care unit - October, 1993.

Two Board members from Aboriginal Community appointed to Sherbrooke Community Society Inc. Board of Directors - February 1994.

Ed Marleau, first Sherbrooke Chief Executive Officer retired. Replaced by Suellen Beatty, Director of Resident Care Services - April 30, 1995.

Sherbrooke assumes management of Saskatoon Veterans Home - March 1, 1996.
Board member appointed by Veterans Liaison Committee - June, 1996.

Sherbrooke adopts the Eden AlternativeÔ Philosophy October 1998 and is officially registered in January 1999.

Board member appointed by the Ukrainian (Orthodox) Canadian Care Centre Committee – March 1999.

Phase II construction:

Creation of the Village Model where 9 or 10 individuals live together in houses that function like a family home.

  • Kinsmen Village, Program Services Area – June 1999
  • Veterans Village – October 1999

Opened Oak Trees & Acorns Child Care Centre – January 2000.

Saskatoon Presbytery of the United Church of Canada officially changed its name to River Bend Presbytery of the United Church of Canada – June 1, 2000.

The first aviary in long term care in opened in 2002 – home to budgies, lovebirds, cockatiels, parakeets and canaries.

The first radio station in long term care operated by residents, volunteers and staff went on air in June 2002.

The first wheelchair accessible playground for children in long term care opened in 2002.

Winner of the Stellar Award for Quality from the Saskatchewan  Health Quality Council for Quality Improvement in the Environment category in 2004.

Sherbrooke's CEO, Suellen Beatty, was awarded a meritorious service decoration by Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson for her instrumental role in developing "The Sherbrooke Village Model" in 2004. 

Winner of a Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Award from the Group Medical Services for demonstrating excellence in the Client-Centred/Client Satisfaction category in 2005.