Background & Studies
Gilchrist Manor & Gardens
Gilchrist Manor and Gilchrist Gardens came into the Silvera portfolio of properties on June 1, 2009. There were a total of 69 suites on the Gilchrist site. The 20 units of Gilchrist Gardens were former 1988 Winter Olympic media residences.
This community was built in the 1970s, and was originally managed by the Eastbow Seniors’ Housing Authority, which was a management body that resulted from the collaboration of three NE Calgary United churches (Robert McClure, Forest Lawn and Renfrew). During the 1990s, Eastbow merged with another seniors’ housing management body, Southwood, to create Southbow. In the late 2000s, this merged organization decided to dissolve after many years of successful operation. As a result, Southbow approached the provincial government and asked that they transfer the management of three facilities that they operated (Gilchrist Manor, Gilchrist Gardens and Austin H. Nixon Manor) to another management body.
The Province (Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs) then approached Silvera in the spring of 2009 to take over management of the Gilchrist Site and Austin Nixon.
Gilchrist Gardens (cottage suites) were decommissioned in 2010, and the residents were offered homes at either Gilchrist Manor or the newly-opened Willow Park on the Bow in Bridgeland.
Expansion of the Gilchrist site
When the Gilchrist site is complete, it will provide a total of 170 affordable suites for seniors in the NE. There will be 110 independent living suites with basic supports and 60 independent living suites with enhanced supports.