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Launched in the 1950’s, Eden Care Communities was first established as the Regina Lutheran Housing Corporation following a study which highlighted the need for a retirement home for the aged. Launched by members of the Lutheran community, this independent organization began with the belief that caring for community members in need best reflected the foundational beliefs of the church.

Initially, three separate units were built as part of the original facility, named Regina Lutheran Home.  One unit accommodated 28 single rooms with a common dining area for those requiring minimal assistance. The second unit provided independent living with 17 bachelor suites, and the third unit provided 8 one bedroom independent suites for couples. The first residents moved in at the end of 1964.

Planning for a facility that could offer long-term nursing care began in 1970 and by August of 1978 the Regina Lutheran Home had added 52 new spaces in a 4th wing (not sure I’d use the term wing…they were called units prior to the implementation of Eden) for residents with higher care needs.  By 1985 the facility had added rooms for another 11 people and had renovated its original 28 single rooms to allow for residents with increased care needs.

Continuing with the commitment to serve the needs of the community, The Regina Lutheran Care Society (RLCS) was created to conduct a study, the results of which identified a need for assisted living accommodations for seniors. A building committee was established to plan for the building of Broadway Terrace which opened its doors in 2004. 

Our third facility was acquired in 2002 at the same time as RLCS purchased the lot upon which to build Broadway Terrace.  At that time it was known as Tower Gardens Apartments  built in 1955 on the lot adjacent to Broadway Terrace.  Through a partnership with Saskatchewan Housing, CMHC and Eden Care Communities, Milton Heights (renamed for Graham Milton) underwent a $20 M total rejuvenation and in 2012 became home to 175 Regina citizens.

In 2006 the organization was introduced to the Eden Alternative which was unanimously adopted by the organization.  In 2011 the Regina Lutheran Care Society changed its name to Eden Care Communities to reflect its commitment to this way of caring.

Recently our organization has embraced its integrated approach by offering  services for seniors that are still residing in their own home. Eden Care At Home brings the philosophy (what philosophy?) to seniors across the community. Launched officially in January of 2016, Eden at Home offers home care services for seniors, including personal care, housekeeping, companionship and nursing services. It’s this outreach that creates the community connection that Eden Care believes in. We strive to be the organization that touches you when you or your family needs it. Our community outreach gets us out into the community helping the people that need it most.

Eden Care Communities recognizes the importance of bridging generations. We are a big believer in intergenerational care. In October 2016 Eden Care Communities opened its doors to Saplings Early Learning Centre, near the original Lutheran Home. Saplings Early Learning Centre offers affordable care to children from 18-months to six years. Like the senior care approach, Saplings collaborates with family members, Saplings educators and each child. The goal is to ensure that every child will engage in open-ended exploration with the ability to act independently, embrace their growing abilities, and communicate with confidence and creativity.  We connect Saplings children with the Regina Lutheran Home residents to build on generational connections and the remarkable relationship that can develop between the generations.

In January 2016, we launched our newest program. The Community Day & Wellness Program provides recreational and social activities for people with disabilities, and provides respite services for their caregivers. The program offers opportunities to be engaged in recreation, leisure activities, group discussions, outings etc.

Eden Care is also looking to the future, and we have big plans. There is still a need for quality, safe, affordable senior housing in Regina. Our sights are set on a new facility on Broad Street, near Imperial School. The new build will incorporate many amenities, including a Primary Health Care Centre, pharmacy, and early learning centre. We will be able to provide easy access to health and wellness services for residents, and connect our residents with the younger generation and improve the community as a whole.  

Eden Care Communities Relationship Model of Governance

In our Relationship Model, values, structure, and processes form the basis of governance, leadership, management and service delivery. The roles of governance, leadership, and management differ, but the principles that underlie them are the same. There is a continuity of design I would use the word “practice” instead of design from our membership to the point where our Residents and Elders receive the care and housing services.

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Brian Krienke

Although I have lived in a number of different towns and cities, I have 3 “home towns”—Southey SK, Earl Grey SK, and Regina.

Brian Wonnick

I was born and raised in Winkler, Manitoba and moved with his family to Winnipeg where I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba.

Maxine Holm

I grew up in British Columbia and moved to Estevan after I married Roy. After 18 years in Estevan, we moved to Regina in 1978.

Woody Leippi

I was born in Regina in 1959 and have lived on a farm near Kronau, Saskatchewan since I was 10 years old.

Marianne Weston

I grew up in the Midwestern United States, attended university there and then received a Master’s Degree in Government from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, where I met and married my Canadian husb

Simon Graham

Before my days of servicing motorcycles began, I spent my summers working at Camp Christopher, a joint ministry of the United and Presbyterian Churches.  It was there that I met my wife, Ferrah.  A

Barb Rawluk

Barbara joined the ECC Board of Directors in November 2014.

Darrel Chastkiewiczh

Darrel served nine years as an ECC BOD member from 2005-2014 which included one year as Vice Chair, and one year as Chair.

John Miller

John Miller was raised on a farm in SW Saskatchewan and has lived in Regina for the past 35 years.

Carla Bing­-Wo

Carla Bing­-Wo is a Registered Professional Planner with the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute, an affiliate of the Canadian Institut

Virginia Coupal

Virginia is a retired Agrologist with a P.Ag.and a CPPA.

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Founded and inspired by faith to provide respectful, integrated, intergenerational care and housing.



Creating communities of people who are connected, fulfilled and secure.

As a Christian organization, we value:
  • Accessible, appropriate and innovative housing and services
  • Person-directed care that creates autonomy and personal freedom
  • Quality of life that is characterized by fulfilment, empowerment, and engagement
  • Belonging, community, and connection
  • Healthy relationship and meaningful companionship
  • Adaptation and proactivity that is characterized by strategic response to change
  • Servant leadership that affirms, involves and encourages inclusive decision-making
  • Mutual respect that is characterized by inclusivity, acceptance of diversity, love, and respect for those with other faiths
  • Ethical Stewardship that is characterized by integrity and mutual accountability
  • Spiritual Care within a multi-faith context
By 2025 Eden Care Communities will be known for our intergenerational and integrated service delivery culture and model of care. We will be known for our community service based on passion, principles, and person-directed care in the pursuit of excellence. We will be known as builders. We will be the "option". We will lead others in the enhancement and promotion of our Eden Alternative philosophy of faith-based, person-centered and person-directed care.
We will be collaborating with a broad array of national, provincial, regional, municipal, for-profit and not-for-profit service providers to provide best in class evidence-based care service to an intergenerational community throughout the birth to death life cycle. We will provide intergenerational care services across the broadest spectrum of care to residents of all cultures, faiths, beliefs, social strata and ages. Our homes and programs will provide best in class long-term care services including respite, palliative and hospice services. These same non-segregated homes will provide young adult housing and cater to disabilities for that age group. We will be known as advocates and navigators in addition to providing care services to the vulnerable. Our care team will be empowering and innovative, and dedicated to promoting increased quality of life and growth. We will be one of the nation's employers of choice in the provision of intergenerational care services.

The Eden AlternativeTM philosophy asserts that no matter how old we are or what challenges we may live with - life is about continuing to grow. 

The Eden AlternativeTM affirms that care is not a one-way street, but rather a collaborative partnership. All caregivers and care receivers are described as “care partners,” each an active participant in the balance of giving and receiving.  Together, care partner teams strive to enhance well-being by eliminating the Three Plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. Focused on changing the culture of care since the early 1990’s, this approach to person-directed care initially came to life in nursing homes and has since expanded its reach to all care settings.

The Regina Lutheran Care Home has been a registered home with Eden Alternative since 2010. Broadway Terrace is the first assisted living complex to be registered with the Eden Alternative in Western Canada. 

Both Eden Care Communities and Regina Lutheran Home are non-profit organizations and registered charities. (BN 119114122RR0001and BN 107882243RR0001 respectively).  Broadway Terrace and Milton Heights are non-profit organizations but are not registered charities.

Eden Care Communities Relationship Model of Governance

In our Relationship Model, values, structure, and processes form the basis of governance, leadership, management and service delivery. The roles of governance, leadership, and management differ, but the principles that underlie them are the same. There is a continuity of design I would use the word “practice” instead of design from our membership to the point where our Residents and Elders receive the care and housing services.

Our values determine our behavior. In order to have an effective organization, all who work together must share the same values. When values are shared there is a built-in tendency to work with the same operating system within the same structure and with the same processes. There are many categories of values and many values in each category. The list of our values is as long as we want it to be. In the Relationship Model, we have identified three core relationship-oriented values. Together they form the foundation of successful working relationships.

Affirmation is fundamental to healthy and productive relationships. Affirmation is the most elemental of all values. It encourages, builds, enables, empowers and ensures the fulfillment of each individual in your organization. It encourages calculated risk. Affirmation enables mistakes to fuel a learning culture instead of a blame culture. Our affirmation of others and ourselves is the most significant factor influencing the structure and the processes of our relationships.

Involvement means collaboration. It affirms the unique contribution of each individual in the organization. It means that people are involved in the decision-making process, especially in matters where they are personally affected. Involvement increases ownership and commitment, making individual fulfillment and organizational effectiveness more likely. It unlocks enormous potential through synergy and allows organizations to make changes more effectively.

Servant leadership means lifting people up instead of putting them down. It’s a quality that characterizes those who are the source of authority to others in a relationship-oriented organization. Servant leadership includes such values as care, concern, valuing the worth of others, service and support. Servant leadership can be demonstrated by anyone who is in a position of authority in an organization. In any organization, everyone has some authority. We often think of authority in a “top-down” manner. Our organizational charts, which place the “highest” level of authority at the “top”, suggest the opposite of the kind of authority that supports those above. A better organizational “chart” is the image of the tree where those with the most authority support those above.

The Relationship Model™ offers the most natural means of giving an effective design to our organization. No major paradigm shift is required. At the same time, we realize how important it is to use the conceptual framework this model offers both when we build a governance structure and when we process information.

Structure is the vehicle. Process is the journey. The way we use power reflects the quality of our driving.

ECC Organizational Chart