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In 1964 a group of people in the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches saw a growing need in BC to provide affordable housing for seniors and families. They were able to embark on the journey of meeting this need when the federal and provincial governments introduced opportunities for non-profit organizations to build and operate housing communities and care homes for senior citizens.
They believed it was important to form a society that was separate from the churches, in order to take advantage of these government-contracted opportunities. So the BC Baptist Foundation was formed on September 14, 1964 to engage in the construction and operation of a senior’s facility.
The first officers and directors were: Dr. J.H. Pickford, Chairman; Mr. C.S. Mitton, Vice-chairman; Mr. Gerald Anderson, Secretary/Treasurer; and Rev. Peter Teichroeb and Dr. S. Stanley Wilbee, directors. These men and their families made great personal sacrifices of time, energy and financial resources in order to launch this visionary, and much-needed, society.Our first senior living community was Clarendon Court in the Killarney area of Vancouver.
Now, in our 50th anniversary year, we have 14 communities throughout British Columbia. While housing needs have certainly changed in the last 50 years, our commitment to caring for the physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being of our Residents remains unchanged.
Some quick facts: In 1964, we had…
- 64 room and board units
- 102 apartments
- 172 Residents
- 8 Team Members
Today, we have...
- 14 senior living communities
- 594 Residential Care Suites
- 207 Assisted Living Suites
- 352 Independent Living Suites with Supportive Services
- 32 Community Adult Day Care Clients
- 680 Seniors Housing Rental Suites
- 2000 Residents
- 900 Team Members