In the Saskatoon Heath Region, we were the first long term care home to:

  • Have Aboriginal representation on a board of trustees
  • Voluntarily affiliate with the SHR
  • Partner with the Saskatchewan Indian and Métis Affairs Secretariat

In Saskatchewan, we were the first long term care home to:

  • Offer an Adult Community Day Program, and Respite Care Program
  • Offer physical, occupational, and music therapy to residents
  • Open a therapeutic pool
  • Have a specialized neighbourhood for the cognitively impaired
  • Admit residents with AIDS
  • Offer licenced child day care; the Oak Trees and Acorns Child Care Centre opened January 2000
  • Open an aviary, home to budgies, lovebirds, cockatiels, parakeets, and canaries; opened in 2002
  • Run a radio station operated by Residents, volunteers, and staff; went on the air June 2002
  • Open a wheelchair-accessible playground for children; opened in 2002
  • Establish an Open Studio Art Program; started in 2007
  • Establish the Carter Centre for Learning; opened in 2012
  • Establish the Kaleidoscope Centre for Creativity; opened in 2013

In Canada, we were the first long term care home to:

  • Have a Resident’s Council
  • Invite Residents to be voting board members
  • Offer a new model of care in the Veterans Villages
  • In western Canada, the first to register as an Eden Alternative ® home

Sherbrooke has also implemented numerous innovative concepts, policies, and programs, including:

  • Principles of Care
  • CARE2000, an empowerment model for staff
  • Degrees of Intervention
  • Least Restraint Policy
  • Respect and Dignity Policy
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Eden Alternative ® Philosophy


    • Accredited with Canada Council of Health Facility Accreditation since 1981
    • Saskatchewan Health Quality Council Award, Stellar Award for Quality: Category – Quality Improvement Environment 2004
    • Hygea Award, 2005
    • Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Award: Category: Client – Centered 2005
    • 100 Best Companies – (top 200 semifinalist) 2005, 2007
    • Master Gardener Nomination – Eden Conference Ohio June 2008
    • Golden Heart Award – 2008 (celebrating seniors)
    • Master Gardener – Eden Conference Denver June 2010
    • Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Award: Category – Stewardship/Sustainability 2010
    • Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council – Waste Minimization Award 2010
    • Sherbrooke chosen as of one of six “Centres of Excellence” in Canada by the Alzheimer’s Association of Canada December 2013
    • CTV W5 special featuring Sherbrooke as a Canadian Success Story September 2013, February 2014
    • Sherbrooke “Master Gardener Award” Eden International Conference Atlanta May 2018
    • Sherbrooke “Pioneer Network & Rockport Healthcare Services Community Commitment Award” Annual Pioneer Network Conference Denver August 2018
    • Sherbrooke Community Centre 2017 | 2018 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person Centred Care Award with distinction in the category of Long-Term Care
    • Mather Lifeways Institute on Aging 2018 Promising Practices Honorees Honorable Mention Sherbrooke Community Centre Teaching by Design: Creating a True Intergenerational Classroom
    • Chamber of Commerce 2020 Health Innovations Conference – Sherbrooke received a commendation at the event as being a centre of excellence and a place business people should watch. June 2019
    • Sherbrooke “Intentional Disrupter Award” Eden International Virtual Award Ceremony June 2020
    • Sherbrooke/Central Haven “Crocus Co-op Award” recognizing our homes as good workplaces for employees with challenges – December 2020
    • Open Door Society Nomination “Workplace Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership Award” February 2022
    • Melinda Sweeney and the Dementia Inclusive Community “Trail Blazer Award” Walk with Me 2022, Research Institute for Aging

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