The National Office of Abbeyfield Canada is in Toronto, ON. It serves the whole of Abbeyfield Canada. All Abbeyfield Societies in Canada are members of Abbeyfield Canada -
Abbeyfield National office is home to Abbeyfield Canada's records and resources. It is ably staffed by Sandi, the National Administrative Officer. Sandi is a wife, Mom to Thomas, who is heading into grade one now. Sandi recently graduated with a degree in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She has been with Abbeyfield since Summer 2010.
If you have a query that isn't answered on this website, please contact National Office for more information.
Abbeyfield Houses Society of Canada 427 Bloor Street West, Box 1, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7 Tel: 416-920-7483 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 416-920-6956 Web: http://www.abbeyfield.ca
Meet the National Board
The Board Meet at the 2010 AGM
The National Board are drawn from across Canada. They work to promote Abbeyfield on a National level, whilst also maintaining strong links with individual Societies through their liaison work.
If you are not already in contact with your dedicated liaison board member, or if you are new to Abbeyfield, but want to contact the board, please direct your queries to the National Office and they will be forwarded to the most appropriate Abbeyfielder.
Abbeyfield Canada Board of Directors 2013-2014
Elizabeth Power President - Ottawa, ON
Elizabeth served as president on Abbeyfield Ottawa board of directors for four years and one year as treasurer.
She has been serving on the Abbeyfield National Board since May 2010.
Elizabeth is a Certified Management Accountant who worked sixteen years for provincial government and operates her own accounting practice in Toronto and Ottawa
She is interested in developing a marketing plan for Abbeyfield Canada in partnership with local Abbeyfield Societies.
Judy Shaw Treasurer - Toronto, ON
Judy has been serving as the Treasurer since March 2010 and has also been responsible for implementing office systems at the National Office.
Judy Served as volunteer bookkeeper/treasurer for YWCA Toronto international boutique. She also served as chair of housing committee for five years on the YWCA Toronto board of directors.
Judy is employed as Program Manager for the Co-operative Housing Federation with expertise in finance and governance.
Rebecca Vermeer - Victoria, BC
Rebecca is a retired economist and civil servant, her professional career included positions as Policy Economist and Senior Policy Advisor in various British Columbia Government ministries
Rebecca was the founding President of the St. Andrew’s Abbeyfield Housing Society, Sidney British Columbia, Canada which built the first Abbeyfield house in Canada. She was also the founding President of Saanich Peninsular Abbeyfield Housing Society and has been working to promote Abbeyfield in the Philippines.
Brenda Elias, PhD - Toronto, ON
Brenda is Faculty for Non Profit and Voluntary Sector Management at Ryerson University and Social Foundations of Gerontology, Family & Community Social Services at the University of Guelph-Humber. Upon completing her Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Guelph, Brenda was awarded a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Graduate Research Fellowship. She obtained her Master of Science degree with specialty in housing and gerontology and has a Specialist Certificate in Aging, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Michigan.
In 2009 she completed her PhD in Adult Education and Community Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Her thesis was on rural homelessness and subsequently she served as Project Coordinator for the Mental Health Commission of Canada on their Homelessness Research Initiative.
In 2012, Brenda was a member of the Advisory Committee on the Law as it Affects Older Adults, with the Law Commission of Ontario and is a faculty member of the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University in the NonProfit and Voluntary Sector Management Program and also teaches Foundations of Social Gerontology at the University of GuelphHumber degree program in Family and Community Social Sciences.
As an Ontario Public Servant for over 20 years Brenda has held many executive positions including 6 years as Director, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and more recently has provided consulting services on Leadership and Change to several national and provincial nonprofit Boards.
She is currently Research Director for Reena a nonprofit agency providing supportive housing to those individuals with intellectual challenges.
Gwen Fletcher Vice President - Victoria, BC
Gwen graduated from nursing at the Winnipeg General hospital in 1954. Gwen joined Victoria General Hospital as a supervisor and was later director of of Patient Care Services at the Victoria General near the University of Manitoba where she became Assistant Executive Director, then an Associate Executive Director and Executive director prior to retirement.
Gwen also served on numerous committees of the Manitoba Health Organization and the Winnipeg Social Planning council.
Gwen obtained a fellowship in the American College of Health Care Executives and was a founding member of the Canadian College of Health Services Executives.
Gwen joined the St. Andrew's Abbeyfield Society in 1996 and served as president of the Society from 2003 to 2011. In 2008 she joined the National Board of Abbeyfield. She also served as president of the Abbeyfield B.C. Chapter for a 3 year term and has been on the B.C. Trust Board since 2010.
Linda Dryden Director of Public Relations and Promotions - Victoria, BC
Linda is a retired nurse who has a Masters in Health Administration and a Diploma in Public Sector management. She has worked in the areas of health, education and private consulting.
She has served on non profit boards continuously since 1987 and has thoroughly enjoyed that experience. Having served as president of several non profit societies, large and small, she has had the opportunity to learn first hand about the many challenges charitable organizations experience.
She is director of Public Relations and Promotions for St Andrew’s Abbeyfield as well as Abbeyfield Canada. She has experience with special events, fundraising and media. She looks forward to working with Abbeyfield Houses across the country, building public relations and promotions.
Jim Galloway Director of Development - Chelsea, QC
Jim is an Economics graduate from Sydney University, Australia. He worked as an accountant initially and progressed to managing a group of manufacturing companies in Zimbabwe.
After moving to Canada he ran his own manufacturing business, and later became an independent financial planner.
Jim lived in Caledon East with his wife Ginnie from 1983 to 2012. He is an active member of the United Church. His interest in Abbeyfield arose from concern for local seniors forced to leave the community because of the lack of suitable accommodation. Jim was with the Abbeyfield Houses Society of Caledon since its inception, first as Vice-Chair for two years and subsequently as Chair. His tenure saw the building phase completed and two years of successful operation. He retired recently and moved to Chelsea, Quebec in 2012.
Oonagh Maley - Toronto, ON
Oonagh is a member of the National Board of Abbeyfield Canada and is based in Toronto.
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