About Starting the Calgary Aging in Place Co-operative (CAIP)
In a Co-operative the seniors that are members are the owners, they decide what the Co-operative does. The mission of the Cooperative is to allow for seniors to stay at home and be supported as they age. The first leg of this project is to find services that support our members by providing services such as house cleaning, handy persons, snow removal, lawn care, etc.
The concept being as a member you get to help determine what those services will be as we grow. We are also looking for existing service providers in your community, if you know of anyone who owns their own business and offering any of these services, please do encourage them to also come out and meet with us. All service providers will be required to complete a Criminal and Vulnerable Sector Check with Calgary Police Services.
We are looking at other opportunities to continue support of the live at home option for seniors in our communities, such as a secondary suite in your existing home. Suites would be managed by our Co-operative in consultation with the home owner. Please join us at one of our membership drives in your community to hear more about this concept.
CAIP in the News!
‘Service Co-op’ Helps Calgary Seniors Stay in the ‘Hood’ – By Katie Hyslop, 2 February 2017 | TheTyee.ca
‘We really hope it catches on’: Q+A with Calgary Aging in Place Co-operative founder – By Annalise Klingbeil, December 12, 2016 | Calgary Herald
Board of Directors
Interim President/Treasurer – Marianne Wilkat
As a teenager, Marianne volunteered in her community for various charities. Red Cross, Salvation Army, local PTA, (president), Heart and Stroke, Canadian Cancer Society and most recently for Ogden House Seniors Center (as a Director, Vice President and President).
The welfare of her community has always been important. While on the Board of Directors at Ogden House, the plight of seniors became very evident, and affordable / accessible housing became a pet project. For twelve years she served on a committee to promote development of a seniors resident in Ogden. Due to circumstances beyond her control that project is still a dream and one she still plans to fulfill. Life can throw curves at you. Life can throw bombs in your path.
She enjoys serving on this board as The Aging in Place housing Co-operative is a very viable alternative to the seniors’ resident, in that the cooperative is working to keep seniors in their own homes or at least in a homelike situation: where they can comfortably age in place, age in peace and age in comfort.
Marianne now retired, worked as a Bookkeeper.
Vice Chair – Elizabeth Rodier
A fourth generation Calgary resident, with family history in the area back to 1905 when Great-Grandfather Shaw came west to work for a lumber company. His family followed in 1907. Her ancestors helped to start the Calgary YWCA in 1911. In 1912, all the relatives residing in Calgary attended the first Stampede.
Graduated from the University of Calgary, BA Sociology and Psychology. Worked in the data office of a department store for nearly 10 years. After raising her own family, Elizabeth then went on to be a 24/7 caregiver for a family member, for more than five years, with the support of a day program.
Currently, she finds herself supporting her mother, age 96, who attends a day program. She is also a CAIP member, able to live in her own home and takes the bus alone for short errands
When she has spare time you can most certainly find Elizabeth volunteering at long term care center, attending Acadia community meetings, helping with school lunches.
Elizabeth has one daughter and three grandsons, all residing in Calgary. Her interests are natural areas and Calgary history.
Secretary – Lori Wilson
Lori enjoys living in Calgary. Her career life has been in accounting and administration. Lori has volunteered in various clubs, groups and organizations usually serving as secretary or treasurer. Lori currently is employed as the Office Administrator for McDougall United Church in Calgary. She enjoys the challenge of seeing that the workload gets done. Lori also likes to see people living independently and making the best out of their surroundings. As well she appreciates people working together to make a difference in their own lives.
Director at Large (Safety) – Ian McCabe
Ian originates from Aberdeen, Scotland and landed in Alberta in 1990 following his retired parents who reside in Red Deer. He has lived in south Calgary for the last twenty-five years. Prior to setting up his safety and training consultancy business in 2011, he held corporate safety positions in large cap construction and O&G companies. He holds a Certificate in Mechanical and Production Engineering, a MRU Adult Learning Certificate, and is a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC). He has a decade of experience in sales and marketing and has been practicing safety for over fifteen years. Currently, Ian is the process of re-building personal injury prevention programs, “to limit injury from slips trips and falls due to stepping handling and lifting activities” for older adults in the workplace as well as for active, retired seniors as a foundation for continued healthy living.
His goal is to provide CAIP Coop with marketing expertise to assist with membership drives and also to provide professional services to ensure renovation projects are carried out in a safe, healthy and qualitative manner taking into account the sensitivities and needs of the home owner.
Director at Large – Barry Pendergast
Barry Pendergast is a retired architect. Much of his work involved social and community design including many non-profit residential projects. He also researched better ways to design using computer technologies In recent years this includes utilizing virtual reality as a design tool and from time to time teaches at the University of Calgary. He is interested in how virtual reality and other technologies might help seniors cope with ageing issues. His latest research also explores a virtual seniors village concept where seniors remain in their existing homes and communities but enjoy all the social, health and support services of living in a dedicated seniors facility. Barry continues to donate conceptual design services to assist to non-profit groups to get fund-raising under way. He recently joined the Calgary Aging in Place Cooperative and is a member of the Calgary based Dementia Friendly Communities group.
Director at Large – Zyrule Maloney (On Leave)
Relocated to Calgary in 1979 and has never looked back. Zyrule has spent most of her career working in many industries including oil and gas. Her time in not for profit would definitely be her years working at the Calgary Board of Education, as a support staff member. She is currently working as a Financial Planner and is able to provide CAIP with great advice regarding finances.