“Our mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s, has been thriving at Canterbury with excellent compassionate care and support. Once her illness progresses to the stage where additional, more specialized care is needed, it is a great comfort to know that she will be able to continue to age in place in familiar surroundings with skilled and caring staff."
– Dr. Baker & Family
As the population of Edmonton seniors continues to grow and the average income for seniors decreases, there is a significant need for more advanced, affordable and home-like care options. While more seniors are choosing to stay in their own homes, too often they are not able to stay healthy, live safely and confidently access amenities and services.
Sadly, when it comes time for end-of-life care, seniors in Edmonton and their families have limited options.
Dementia is another growing concern for seniors. Currently, over 40% of residents are living with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairment.
Capital Campaign Goals
To meet the increasing needs of our ageing population, Canterbury will:
- Launch a fundraising campaign to ensure that we reach our $2.5 million community campaign goal (estimated capital campaign costs are $330,000 or 13% of our $2.5 million goal)
- Ensure over 350 seniors can age “in place” as their level of care changes with access to memory care, skilled nursing care and end-of-life care when required.
Scott became Chair of the Capital Campaign Cabinet after serving on the Board from 2013 to 2019. He has a close connection with Canterbury Foundation as his father and three of his grandparents have been residents. He is currently a Warden at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church.
He was chair of the business-law group at Edmonton’s second largest law firm before he retired in 2017 after close to thirty years of practice. He served as President of the Alberta branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta.
Before law, he obtained his degree in Business Administration and Commerce, specializing in finance, from the University of Alberta then worked in the banking industry where he received the designation Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
Scott completed the Director’s Education Program from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and the University of Alberta’s School of Business.
Helen has volunteered for various non-profit organizations over the years, including Canterbury. She was a Foundation Board member for 10 years beginning in 1992, and President from 1994-1998. During Helen’s term as President, the Court underwent a $3 million modernization including an upgrade to the main entrance, the dining room, construction of a chapel, and a roof to enclose the former outdoor atrium, and a 20 room Alzheimer’s unit overlooking the atrium.
As Vice-Chair of the Campaign Cabinet for the major project underway now, the committee will be seeking donations to support and ensure Canterbury’s long term future in housing for seniors.
Helen grew up near Ottawa and graduated with a BSc from Carleton University. Helen and her husband Fed have three children, all graduates in medicine from the U of A, and ten amazing grandchildren.
Ron Coulombe, BPE and MBA worked with the YMCA from 1976 to 2008. He held a number of different positions including leading the fund development and communications portfolios from 1993 to 2008. Ron helped the YMCA raise over $45 million during that time.
Ron received the North American YMCA Development Organization 2005 Eagle Award of Excellence in Fund Raising as the top YMCA fundraiser in North America. Since 2008 Ron Coulombe and Associates Ltd. has helped charities raise over $25 million. From 2012 to 2017 Ron volunteered with the Asia Pacific Alliance of YMCAs in Hong Kong. He coordinated a project, which shared principles North American YMCAs employ to develop a culture of philanthropy with YMCA volunteers and staff from 8 countries in southwest Asia.
As Campaign Director Ron is pleased to be helping Canterbury staff and volunteers implement a successful capital campaign.
Wendy King joined Canterbury Foundation as Executive Director in 2012 and is a CPA, CMA with over 35 years of accounting, business, managerial and governance experience. She has been serving seniors in the continuing care sector since 2001 through the development and operation of publicly funded and private not-for-profit seniors’ residences.
During her career, she has been responsible for leading the operations of affordable and market supportive living sites and providing strategic, operational and financial direction and support for continuing care programs including long term care, end of life, designated supportive living, adult day support and home care.
Wendy collaborates through engagement and governance in organizations and associations within the sector to advocate and bring about needed change and quality improvement to community social services; seniors care and housing.
Herman is very proud to be part of the Canterbury Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet. He was born in Wynyard Sask, attended Notre Dame College (Father Athol Murray) in Wilcox Sask. Herman played Junior Hockey with the Flin Flon Bombers (WHL) and then turned Pro with the Los Angles Kings (NHL). After a short career with hockey, he entered into his long career in the Sports Marketing Business. Herman was Superintendent of Recreation Vermilion Alberta, Ass. General Manager/Marketing for the Saskatoon Blades (WHL). He took on the job of Marketing with the 144 Teams across the 10 Provinces with the Canadian Junior A Hockey League. Herman’s most recent project was to finance, plan, build and administrate the New (5 million dollar) Stock Car Race Track in Saskatoon for the Non-Profit Volunteer Group (SSCRA).
Herman has since retired and has moved to Edmonton to be closer to his two children, grandchildren, and family loved ones. Herman is married to Gail (RN) and their son Craig is with the Edmonton City Police, and daughter Kimberly is with the Edmonton Public School.
Professional Consulting Engineer, Vice President,
Stantec and Reid Crowther, 1976 – 2016 (Ret. 2016)
Rick Prentice is a Professional Civil Engineering Consultant with a B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba. Over the course of his 45-year career he has worked at senior levels of corporate management, community leadership and industry relations, and delivered many notable projects for private and public-sector clients internationally and domestically.
Rick has devoted considerable time and effort beyond the normal day-to-day project activities. This includes for example, the consulting engineering industry while serving locally as Director and President of CEA, Nationally as Vice Chair of ACEC and Internationally as FIDIC Business Practice Committee Chair, as well as a number of APEGA committees, the Southwest Area Council of Community Leagues, Rotary International, Edmonton Capital Region Housing Corporation, Canterbury Foundation, Construction Research Institute of Canada, Urban Development Institute and North American Society for Trenchless Technology.
Projects include neighborhood infrastructure renewal such as the Edmonton downtown ICE District utilities upgrades, Shanghai Second Sewerage Project and the Shanghai Urban Environmental Project Master Plan Design Review and Advisory Services. Other international experience includes assignments with the Pahang State Drainage and Irrigation Department in Malaysia, wastewater management in Cyprus and China and solid waste management facilities in Barbados and China.
Scott Belamisca’s career started with Scotiabank in Edmonton as a Personal Banking Officer in 1997. This led him to Grande Prairie and then onto his first leadership role in Peace River as an Assistant Manager of Personal Banking in the spring of 2000. Since 2003, Scott has worked as the Branch Manager of numerous Scotiabank branches, those being in Beaumont, as well as Whyte Ave, 97th and 132nd in Edmonton.
Scott is currently the Branch Manager of the Millwoods Town Center Branch – Edmonton South, and was appointed to this position in March of 2016. Prior to his current role, Scott held several senior roles in Scotiabank including Small Business Development Manager for the Edmonton District.
In the past number of years, Scott has led his team to excellence in the areas of Customer Advice, Compliance and Financial Results as acknowledgement in 2011 and 2016 with the ‘Best of the Best Nomination’ in his role as Branch Manager.
In addition to his professional achievements, Scott is very proud of his community involvement with NAIT as the Chair for Scotiabank’s activation committee as well as for his involvement as the incoming Chairman for Canterbury Foundation.
Scott and his wife, Kristine, have three children ages 11, 9 and 6. In addition to attending Holy Cross Elementary School in the International Baccalaureate program, Scott’s three children are active in Hockey and music lessons.
After graduating university with a Commerce degree, Monty joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in Ottawa where he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation. He returned to Edmonton as a senior manager with Deloitte & Touche and later joined Grant Thornton LLP where he became a partner, remaining for 16 years.
Monty’s financial career took a different focus in 1998 when he became a financial, investment and wealth manager with CIBC Wood Gundy. Here, he was able to provide his individual and institutional clients, additional benefits gained from his many years of professional experience in the accounting and management consulting sectors. He retired from Wood Gundy in 2017.
He and wife Cheri have 2 adult children and five grandchildren. Their son and his family live in Sweden and their daughter and her family are resident in Edmonton.
For most of his life, Monty has been a committed volunteer, executive leader and board member of Canadian professional and business associations, and many non-profit and charitable organizations. He is very pleased to have been asked to serve as a board member of the Canterbury Foundation.