Marlene’s Story

When Marlene started working for GEF Seniors Housing at Kiwanis Place, the starting wage was $3.50 an hour.  That was on November 1, 1977.  Over 40 years later, Marlene still worked at Kiwanis Place and was an integral part of the team there. Marlene was a soft spoken woman and everyone she encountered felt special … Continue reading Marlene’s Story

Creating Communities

Since starting with GEF Seniors Housing in 2017, Madison Black has bounced between multiple GEF location including Central Services, Pleasantview Place, and Montgomery Place. She is working to develop positive initiatives that she hopes will address many of the challenges faced by seniors when they experience social isolation. Pleasantview Place was being used as the … Continue reading Creating Communities

Building Trust

One of the things that surprises Cheryl Ackimenko the most about the Community Supports program with GEF Seniors Housing is how often individuals call the team’s main phone line looking for assistance. She points out how every one of GEF Seniors Housing’s buildings has posters up in common areas giving information about the Community Supports … Continue reading Building Trust

Harry’s Photographs

For his 65th birthday, Harry Johanson boarded a flight to Toronto. But that was far from his final destination. After stops in Chile and Argentina, he found himself on a Russian research ship, heading further southward. Fourteen days later, he set foot on Antarctica. He explains that he was lucky to land safely because the … Continue reading Harry’s Photographs