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Futures Policy Forum Webinar #8

Topic: Innovation to Create Communities & Housing for Health & Wellbeing

Alberta’s vision for healthy aging and quality of life for older Albertans sets out the challenge to create communities and housing for health and wellbeing .

The recent National Institute on Aging report defines ageing in the right place as “the process of enabling healthy aging in the most appropriate setting based on an older person’s personal preferences, circumstances and care needs” (Aging in the Right Place,

LEARN from leaders in Alberta sharing their expertise to enable this vision and provide your input about priorities for making this future possible.

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Webinar #8 Speakers

  • Anchoring our Future: Communities & Housing for Health, with their new Healthy Community Guidelines:
    Dr. Karen Lee, Director Housing for Health, & Assoc. Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, U of A: Author, Fit Cities
  • Designing Living Environments for Health & Wellbeing
    • Independent Living: Co-Housing—An Innovative Community Approach to Living Well in Community:
      John Mungham, former Coordinator, Age Friendly Calgary; champion of MOSAIC co-housing project

      • Independent/Congregate Living-Three Robins in rural Alta:
        Linda Revell, CEO, Connecting Care
      • Small Homes as an Option for Living Well:
        Candace Christenson, Chief Clinical Officer, Good Samaritan Society, Alberta & BC.
  • Integrating Housing and Community-Based Services (360 Living Models)
    Lorne Robertson, Chief Development Officer, Silvera for Seniors, Calgary
Dr. Karen Lee, Director Housing for Health, & Assoc. Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, @U of A: Author, Fit Cities
Dr. Karen K. Lee MD MHSc FRCPC, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. She is Director of the Housing for Health project at University of Alberta which is working with >200 multi-sector partners from 6 provinces in Canada on Healthy Communities Implementation including creating a set of Healthy Community Guidelines anticipated to be released in 2023. Prior to returning to Canada, Dr. Lee was Inaugural Healthy Built Environment Director and Deputy to the Assistant Commissioner for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control at New York City’s Health Department, where their comprehensive environmental and policy approach reversed childhood obesity trends and increased life expectancies from improved chronic disease outcomes within less than a decade. She is winner of the 2017 Canadian Institute of Planners President’s Award. She is also author of the recent book Fit Cities.
John Mungham, former Coordinator; champion of MOSAIC co-housing project @Age Friendly Calgary
John Mungham a resident of Calgary is a retired community social worker with about 45 years of experience working with a variety of vulnerable populations. Throughout his career, housing that is safe, secure, affordable, and assessable was always an issue. Now a retired citizen, John and his spouse are developing an appropriate housing plan for themselves as a way of personally taking control of their own living environment as they age. Cohousing became the most attractive way to fulfill this.
Candace Christenson, Chief Clinical Officer @Good Samaritan Society, Alberta & BC.
Candice began her career with The Good Samaritan Society in 2007 as a Care Manager at the Good Samaritan Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre. Since then, she has served in various roles, including Site Manager, Regional Community Program Manager, Senior Director of Operations, Director of Operations for Alberta and Hospitality Services, and most recently, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Alberta and British Columbia. Candice is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alberta, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Management, and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Athabasca University. Candice is also a Certified Health Executive (CHE) from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. In addition to her experience in continuing care, Candice’s background in nursing includes experience in medicine and public health. Candice has over 15 years of management experience in the continuing care sector in Alberta.
Lorne Robertson, Chief Development Officer @Silvera for Seniors, Calgary
Lorne is committed to ensuring Silvera residents have secure, quality, accessible housing and supports so they may live their best lives. He has worked on many of Silvera’s capital development projects, including: the implementation of the first three phases of the development of Westview campus the conversion of a hotel into 120-unit affordable housing suites through the Canadian Federal Rapid Housing Initiative; the subdivision and master planning of Silvera’s Bridgeland Development the development of Gilchrist campus (in partnership with the Government of Alberta) several other new projects, from the modernization and expansion of existing facilities to the development of new communities. Prior to his tenure with Silvera, Lorne was responsible for the development and expansion of partnerships within Alberta’s continuing care sector.
Linda Revell, President and CEO @Points West Living and Connecting Care
Linda Revell is the President and CEO of Points West Living and Connecting Care. She is a proven healthcare executive with 20 years of progressive leadership experience known for achieving high performance in established, merged, and newly created municipal, provincial and regional public service organizations. A champion of change, Linda strategically plans and effectively actions complex, multi-site initiatives in highly unionized and professional environments. Accountabilities range from 15 to 9000 employees, $30M-$675M budgets, operating & corporate services, research, innovation, and multiple service sectors in urban, rural, and remote environments. Linda has extensive experience in cultivating strong, collaborative relationships with employees, physicians, governing boards, public and private partners, government, and communities. In addition to operating health and corporate services, Linda has created and led transformational teams in provincial & regional health organizations.