Canadian Senior Cohousing Society’s Accomplishments

The Canadian Senior Cohousing Society’s accomplishments from 2011 to 2022 include:

  • Supported West Wind Harbour Cohousing’s creation (2016-2021) informally through Cohousing Development Consulting
  • Supported the successful development of Harbourside Cohousing (2011-2016), the first senior-oriented cohousing in BC.
  • Established and maintained website 2011-2022:
  • Built partnerships with grass roots groups, universities, governments and social service agencies including the BC Non-profit Housing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, Community Social Planning Council, Friesen Institute (Simon Fraser U), and a consortium of social scientists who received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to study the impact of COVID-19 on cohousing communities.
  • Two members trained with Charles Durrett in 2011 then, with permission, adapted Study Group 1 as an experiential learning, weekend workshop and created additional curricular material.
  • Offered Aging Well in Community (aka Dare to Age Well in Community) 13 times between 2011-2015 to groups of 5 to 25, independently and in partnership with Royal Roads University.
  • Offered in-person workshops to forming groups: Fort Langley Cohousing, Convivium Cohousing (Ottawa), and PEI Cohousing.
  • Trained facilitators to offer Aging Well in Community through Simon Frazer University.
  • Hosted a mini-Change Lab on ‘Sustainable Aging’ with partners from Royal Roads University, the City of Victoria, and non-government organizations.
  • With a grant from Vancity, helped support Diana Leafe Christian, a leading advocate of community living, to give a talk and one day workshop for southern Vancouver Island audiences.
  • Interviewed with CBC radio, Radio Canada, Roundhouse Radio, Shaw Cable, TD Bank Money Newsletter, Toronto Globe and Mail, Toronto Star.
  • Wrote and published articles in Communities Magazine 2012, 2014, 2015.
  • In 2016, created How To guides for innovations in senior housing with a grant from the BC Real estate Foundation in partnership with the Community Social Planning Council.

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