Representing 12 municipalities and with over 100 dedicated staff, the Grande Spirit Foundation provides reasonably priced housing, quality care and dignity to seniors and families in the Grande Prairie area.
The Grande Spirit Foundation was formed in 1960, although the commitment to housing and caring for area Seniors Citizens goes back to just after the Second World War. The municipal leaders of the region decided that a home for the Seniors Citizens of the area was needed and in 1949 the first home was built.
Since that time there has been:
- 4 Senior Lodges built with 277 units offering meals, housekeeping, recreation, assistance with medication and 24 hour staffing.
- 15 Senior Apartment Complexes with 278 units offering both independent living, and supportive living with tenants accessing services as needed.
In addition to the senior facilities, the Grande Spirit Foundation’s mandate expanded in 1993 to include housing services for low income families and individuals. Four housing options are available:
- Direct rentals of publicly owned buildings
- Private Landlord Rent Supplement Program
- Direct Rent Supplement Assistance
- Affordable Housing Program
The Grande Spirit Foundation also manages 17 wheelchair accessible units and a 70 unit affordable housing apartment building for the Grande Prairie Residential Society, as well as Hearthstone Manor, which is a 40 unit affordable housing apartment building owned by the City of Grande Prairie.
2016 Board of Directors
|General Manager||Steve Madden|
|County of Grande Prairie||Corey Beck|
|City of Grande Prairie||Clyde Blackburn|
|MD of Greenview||Roxie Rutt|
|County of Saddle Hills||Alvin Hubert|
|County of Birch Hills||Denise Joudrey|
|Town of Spirit River||Denise Skoworodko|
|MD of Spirit River||Elaine Garrow|
|Town of Beaverlodge||Judy Kokotilo-Bekkerus|
|Town of Wembley||Cory Gundersen|
|Village of Rycroft||Joanne Chelich|
|Town of Sexsmith||Claude Lagace|
|Village of Hythe||Brian Peterson|
The Board of Directors are appointed annually from the Member Municipalities at their annual organizational meetings. Appointments are for a one year term. Members may hold consecutive terms of office.