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


  • Winner of the Stellar Award for Quality from the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council for Quality Improvement in the Environment category, 2004.
  • In 2004, CEO Suellen Beatty was awarded a meritorious service decoration by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson for her instrumental role in developing The Sherbrooke Village Model.
  • Winner of a Saskatchewan Health Care Excellence Award from the Group Medical Services for demonstrating excellence in the Client-Centred/Client Satisfaction category, 2005.
  • Winner of the Master Gardener Award for the best Eden Alternative ® home in the world, Denver, Colorado, 2010
  • Winner of the Master Gardener Award for the best Eden Alternative ® home in the world, Atlanta, Georgia. 2018
  • Winner of the Community Commitment Award from the Pioneer Network, Denver, Colorado. 2018

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