Message from the Chair of the Board of Directors


Chair, Board of Directors

      Our Annual Report is an opportunity to look back on the year behind us. To celebrate the successes and acknowledge those who make our work possible.

      2021 was a challenging year for everyone due to the ever-changing pandemic. I am very pleased to say that, despite the challenges, Kerby Centre had another successful year thanks to the extra efforts and dedication of members, staff, volunteers, and supporters.

       We began 2021 with great uncertainty about what financial resources we would have and what programs and services we could offer in-person. Over the course of twelve months, our team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to respond to the rapidly changing rules and needs of our clients and program users.

      In September I was honoured to join Kerby Centre’s CEO Larry Mathieson to cut the ribbon at Veiner Centre, officially opening our operations in Medicine Hat. We thank the City of Medicine Hat for entrusting Kerby Centre with this beautiful facility and The Citizens of Medicine Hat for their warm welcome and great support of our programs.

      The introduction of vaccines in early 2021 was a very real turning point for us. After a year of older adults being the most at-risk to COVID-19, vaccines began enabling many of us to return to some of our regular activities. We were happy to be able to open the Kerby and Veiner Centres up again to certain activities. These included the Bistro in Veiner and the Kerby Café with a new outside summer patio.

      Technology continues to offer us innovative ways to engage with older adults. Our online presentations, for example, regularly have more attendees than we could fit in even our largest spaces within the Centre. By bringing the programming to them, we are able to reach seniors whose access to the Centre are limited by mobility or geography. We even had participants joining us from different parts of the country.

      We are also very proud of the expansion of our Food security programs. In 2021, we offered 127 free food markets held at Kerby Centre and at pop-up locations throughout Calgary. A special thanks to Cobbs Bread for their support of this initiative.

      We diversified our fundraising efforts with the initiation of the first annual Kerby Charity Classic Golf Tournament, which raised over $60,000. Thanks to staff, volunteers, sponsors and most important participants of the tournament for making it a huge success and we look forward to seeing them again in August 2022.

      I am pleased to report that Kerby Centre ended 2021 with a small surplus, primarily due to the exceptional support of Kerby Centre members, businesses, and foundations who donated generously to our many charitable activities.

      I invite you to explore this report to learn more about our programs and the growing Kerby Centre community and look forward to another successful year in 2022.


    Chair, Board of Directors

Our Vision

A community of engaged older adults

Our Mission

To support older adults to live well in their community

Kerby Centre’s 2021 Board of Directors

Board Chair: Richard Parker

Vice President: Stephanie Sterling

Treasurer: Ken Lin

Secretary: Tara Weber

Past President: Hank Heerema


Russ Altman

Deborah Durda

Peter Molzan

Jacquelyn Poetker

Message from the Chief Executive Officer

Larry Mathieson headshot

Larry Mathieson, CEO

      2021 was a year of great challenge, but also of great hope. As we make our way out of the pandemic, Kerby Centre continues to set the standard for older adult services and programs.

      I am very proud of the work done by our team, and humbled by the efforts of our hundreds of volunteers who give a most precious gift every day, the gift of their time.

      This was the first year of Kerby Centre’s three-year strategic plan and we are meeting the marks set for the organization’s goals. Our strategic plan document is available on our website.

      As well as the growth plans set forth in the plan, there is also a commitment to sustainability. Too often programs can outlast their utility for any number of reasons. The needs of older adults shift, alternate programs become available elsewhere, or the financial model changes.

      It never leaves my mind that every dollar we put into our services is an earned dollar, a donated dollar, or a tax dollar. I see it as a moral as well as fiscal responsibly to ensure we use those dollars carefully to fulfil our mission.

      This focus on sustainability has led us to make many changes in how we operate. Our dining room has rebranded as the Kerby Café and operates more efficiently and with a wider variety of offerings including delivery.

      With more than 400,000 total copies distributed annually, Kerby News and our directories are the widely available services we offer. Our publications are supported primarily through advertising revenue and that led to difficult challenges in the past two years. A grant from the federal government enabled us to continue operations and in 2021 we streamlined publishing operations to focus on the communications and fundraising potential of our publications.

Amica Britannia staff delivered 42 gift baskets for our seniors in need. The baskets are filled with goodies and practical items for seniors. These baskets were delivered to our food delivery seniors in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

      Next year will be Kerby Centre’s 50th anniversary. In 1973, Patricia Allen led the way to begin this organization. Over the decades, she dedicated herself to developing and expanding it, adding programs that continue to this day including the Adult Day Program, Kerby Shelter, and so many more. To honour Mrs. Allen’s work, we have recently renamed our Board Room the Patricia Allen Room. We thank Mrs. Allen and her husband Grant for their tireless efforts.

      Thank you for supporting our work and we look forward to a bright future.


CEO, Kerby Centre and Veiner Centre

Kerby Centre

Cornerstone activities in the Centre including Woodshop Wise Owl Boutique Wednesday Dance Adult Day Program Fit Room
were all operating as normal by the end of the year.

Online Presentations continued including a live stream Remembrance Day ceremony

Kerby Centre partnered with Seniors Secret Service! We received 150 donated stockings stuffed with goodies!

Veiner Centre

    In July of 2021, Kerby Centre began the transition of operations of the Veiner Centre and Strathcona Centre in Medicine Hat. By September 7, 2021, we were open for business. 

    The Bistro opened for lunch and memberships went on sale. We transitioned Meals on Wheels over to our operation with minimal confusion and no stoppage of service. Programs continued to operate, and we quickly began expanding what we could offer.

    The community and members had questions and concerns regarding the transition, but with transparency, education, interaction, and a smile, we have won over the hearts of existing volunteers and returning members. Membership sales, bistro sales, and attendance at programs steadily increased in our first four months of operations. New programs were offered, hours at the Veiner Centre were extended on Tuesday and Thursdays, and new volunteers were signed up.

We celebrated our first Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, and Christmas with our members, volunteers, and Meals on Wheels clients. We quickly found out roast beef, roast chicken, sausage and perogies, and turkey dinner are favorites in the Bistro and for our Meals on Wheels clients. Most importantly we saw more smiles, heard more laughing and spent more time “chatting” with everyone who came to the Centre.

Overall, 2021 was exciting, busy, and rewarding. The team worked hard to start this journey on a positive note and continues to create a rewarding experience for volunteers, members and our community.


Cori Fischer
Veiner Centre Director


"Initially I volunteered for the home meal delivery program. Kerby recognized elderly community members were finding it challenging, unsafe and expensive to get groceries. I was worried for these folks too. As a new retiree with a car, I knew this was where I could provide value during a very difficult time. "

38, 436

Volunteer Hours!

Our programs in Calgary and Medicine Hat are made possible by our incredible volunteers!



Thank you to all of our new and continuing volunteers in Calgary and Medicine Hat!

"…The clients are wonderful. I get the biggest pleasure visiting and talking with them.  The staff are a joy. Everyone is positive, kind, organized and considerate.  My fellow volunteers are also good, caring people. It’s like a second family.”

What a year!

Here are some of the top stats from 2021


Hours of conversation in the social calling program

People attended our education and recreation courses



Food Rescue Partnerships with businesses, non-profits, and community organizations

Medicine Hat memberships



Meals on Wheels clients in Medicine Hat

Thank you
for supporting


All Systems Contracting Calgary Inc


ARC Resources

Baytex Energy Corp

BMO Financial Group

Bowest Appliance Inc

Chartwell REIT

Chartwell Retirement Residence

CIBC Wood Gundy: Popowich Karmali Advisory Group

Ecclesiastical Insurance Community Impact Grant


Ember Resources Inc.

Executive Mat Service

Fountainhead Mechanical

Fully Managed (TWT Group)

IA Group Financier

IG Wealth Management

Langford Financial Inc.

Lions Park Denture Clinic

Mawer Investment Management Ltd.


Navigate Benefit Solutions

Quadrant CPAs

RBCPhillips, Hager & North Investment Counsel Inc.

Revera Living

S.I. Systems

Sanofi Pasteur Ltd.

Servus Credit Union

Stand and Command

Telus Community Ambassadors Calgary

TMX Inc.

Trotter & Morton Facility Services Inc.

Valentine Volvo

Verve Senior Living: Lake Bonavista Village


Associated Canadian Travellers Calgary Club

Elevate Canadian Progress Club

Hungarian Veterans’ Association Calgary Chapter

Kinsmen Club of the Stampede City

Lions Club: Calgary Southridge

Shawnee Evergreen Community Association



Abundance Canada: Barn Door Gifting Fund

Calgary Foundation

Through Calgary Foundation:

Colin and Margaret MacDonald Family Fund

Graydon and Dorothy Morrison Flow Through Fund

Hicks Memorial Fund (Scholarships & Other)

Rotary District 5360 Fund

Anonymous Family Legacy Fund

Sapphire Fund

Jim and Hope Smith Family Fund

Archibald and Lavina Knight Fund

J. E. Hodgson Family Fund

Harold and Betty Allsopp Fund

John Keith Madill Endowment Fund

James Kerr Estate Fund

Gatzsch Family Foundation

Hunter Family Foundation

Maunders McNeil Foundation Inc.

Nickle Family Foundation

The Donald and Eleanor Seaman Family Foundation

Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation


Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council

Centre for Suicide Prevention

Second Harvest Food Rescue

United Way of Calgary and Area

Major Donors

Ronald Abernethy

Anwar U. Ahmad

Henry Allan de Paiva

Frederic & Elizabeth Allen

Grant Allen

Susan Allen

Roger Balm

Craig Baun

Kevin Bell

Marguerite Bonnet

MalcolmP. Cullen

Maurice Durocher

Gloria Ellis

Maureen Foley

Stefan Ganowicz

Jacques G. Hebert

Robert Holmes

Esther Ile

Lucia Laidlaw

Steve Laut

Lou W. MacEachern

Sheri MacMillan

Geraldine Manzara

Frederick H. McClelland

Gary Nissen

Michael O’Brien

Richard Parker

Scott Pattinson

Greg Peterson

Greg R. Phillips

Roger Prior

James Rankin

Elizabeth Robinson

Graeme Smith

Terry Stevens

Robert Teichrob

Diana Tierney

Peter Paul van Besouw

Valerie Ward


Charles Wallace Drew Trust

Estate of Marjorie McCarthy-Cairns

Estate of Thelma Williams

Estate of Violet Hunka

In-Kind Donations

Charles Wallace Drew Trust

Estate of Marjorie McCarthy-Cairns

Estate of Thelma Williams

Estate of Violet Hunka

Medicine Hat

Blue Sea Foundation

Canlin Energy Corporation

Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta (CFSEA)

Kiwanis Club Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat REALTORS Charitable Foundation

Redi Recycling

Government Funders



Alberta CSS

Alberta Seniors and Housing

Alberta Culture

Alberta Labour

City of Calgary

Canada Revenue Agency

FCSS- City of Calgary

FCSS- Medicine Hat

Government of Alberta: Community Initiatives Program

Services Canada

Women’s Shelters of Canada