Kerby Centre Relocation Project – Planning for the Future
In 2011, the Kerby Centre Board of Directors made the decision to relocate the organization into a new home that will better serve the seniors population of Calgary. This web page is dedicated to informing our valued stakeholders about the path to our new and exciting vision.
The Board is committed to ensuring there will be no disruption in programs and services provided throughout the relocation process. The existing Kerby Centre will continue to serve the 55+ in Calgary until a new home is built.
Updates will be added to this page as they become available.
Calgary Foundation Grant
Kerby Centre is very pleased to be the recipient of the Fall 2013 Community Grants Program through The Calgary Foundation in the amount of $45,600.00 for our application in support of the Kerby Centre Social Return on Investment Assessment and Business Case. This initiative will help strengthen Kerby Centre’s ability to achieve its mission by clearly defining an optimal strategic direction and vision for the agency to address its key challenges and to ensure its long-term sustainability.
Why is Kerby Centre Moving:
Over the past 40 years, Kerby Centre established itself as a flagship seniors’ centre serving individuals in every postal code across Calgary and beyond. Also, over the course of 40 years, Kerby Centre witnessed many changes. Some of these changes are affecting the long-term vision of what Kerby Centre means to our city.
Today, Kerby Centre reached a critical stage concerning its future requiring a focused effort to ensure the long-term success of the agency. Three existing and emerging challenges were identified as having profound long-term impacts on Kerby’s ability to provide essential programs and services to the seniors population of Calgary.
These challenges include:
- Severe Access Disruptions
- Existing Building and Site Issues
- Rapidly Growing Seniors Population
In response to these challenges, Kerby Centre must take an aggressive step forward to ensure the agency’s long-term sustainability. Based upon the results of considerable research and analysis, Kerby Centre’s Board of Directors made an informed decision to relocate the entire Centre to more optimally respond to these challenges and the evolving needs of seniors.
How the Decision to Move Was Made:
Since 2007, Kerby undertook comprehensive research and analysis to better understand the impacts of the challenges to the current facility, as well as viable options to best address them. These critical efforts included a combination of commissioned reports from professional advisors, as well as stakeholder consultation (i.e. members, volunteers, staff, and community partners). The findings and recommendations of these efforts supported the idea of relocation, which was ultimately approved by the Kerby’s Board of Directors in November of 2011.
The Future Kerby Centre:
Kerby’s vision for its future home is: a purpose-built facility that optimally serves the Calgary-area seniors population in a manner that fulfills and inspires improved quality of life.
This new home will offer expanded programs, services, and facilities that will cater to an ever growing and increasingly diverse seniors population, with a focus in the following areas:
- Comprehensive Health & Wellness
- Physical Education & Recreation
- Education & Training
- Seniors Care
- Broad Leisure & Entertainment
- Food & Shopping
The new Kerby Centre is also envisioned as a true community asset that will establish stronger links with Calgary’s broader population through programming and shared use opportunities with various community groups, partners and individuals.
Kerby Centre is in the early planning stages of its relocation process. Due to the size and scope of Kerby Centre’s proposed relocation project, it will take a great amount of effort over a number of years before our dream will become a reality.
The following project phases need to be completed before we relocate into a new building:
- Completion and approval of applicable city planning processes
- Development of a functional and architectural vision for the new Kerby Centre
- Securing project funding
- Purchasing property
- Construction and fit-out of the new Centre
- Transition from the existing Centre to the new one
What Will Happen to the Old Kerby Centre:
The existing Kerby Centre will continue to serve the 55+ in Calgary until a new home is built. When the new Kerby Centre is ready for occupancy, the existing facility will be turned over to its landlord (Alberta Infrastructure) and the Rotary Shelter building will be sold.
Contact Luanne Whitmarsh
CEO, Kerby Centre
Calgary Foundation Grant Supports
Kerby Centre’s Distributed Service Model Assessment Study
Kerby Centre wishes to acknowledge the Calgary Foundation for their support in funding the Kerby Centre’s Distributed Service Model Assessment Study.
The foundation committed a total of $24,570 in the Summer of 2015 towards this study, which was intended to identify ways of expanding Kerby Centre’s programming reach to better serve older adults in the communities they live.
The foundation of this study was based on the concepts of age-in-place and age-in-community of choice. Among other considerations, a cornerstone of these concepts includes the ability to access services and supports to address people’s needs as they age, with the goal to sustain or improve their quality of life. Expanding Kerby Centre’s programming reach in the community aligns with these considerations.
Kerby Centre currently provides a wide breadth of programs, supports and resources to seniors across Calgary. As our population continues to age at a rapid pace, we see an emerging demand at this time to inject our programming closer to the places our clients and future clients live.
Bringing these components closer to the communities in which seniors live will enhance their ability to age-in-place and age-in-community.