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University District Cambridge Manor
People of all ages live in communities. But
communities are rarely designed for people of all ages.
A notable exception is University District in the heart of
northwest Calgary, being developed by West Campus
Just west of the University of Calgary, the new
neighbourhood’s, sidewalks, shops and other public
spaces will be constructed so people of all ages and
abilities (particularly people using walkers, wheelchairs
and strollers) can move with greater ease and
A new addition to University District is Cambridge
Manor, an active living, age-in-place seniors’ complex
being built and operated by The Brenda Strafford
Foundation. The Manor’s research and learning
environment will host researchers from the University
of Calgary Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging, which
is dedicated to supporting age-related research,
interdisciplinary education, public policy and
“It’s a component of any good community to think
about different people at different stages of life who are
going to live there,” says James Robertson, the Trust’s
president and CEO. “We have a unique opportunity to
do something special that creates a new benchmark
on how to include multi-generational and multi-lifestyle
housing in one community.”
Cambridge Manor will offer both supportive living and
long-term care, including specialized dementia care. Its
240 units will open in 2020.
Older adults living elsewhere in the area will also be
able to use the manor’s services: dining, recreational
activities and therapeutic care on an a la carte basis.
This will be especially convenient for residents of the
independent seniors’ living condominium linked to
Cambridge Manor by a + 30 walkway.
“We see Cambridge Manor as a centre for health
and wellness for seniors,” says Mike Conroy, the
Foundation’s president and CEO. “The Foundation is
committed to continuously improving care for seniors
and supporting the community so people can stay in
By Elizabeth Chorney-Booth
Learn more at: myuniversitydistrict.ca.
James Robertson, left, president and CEO of West Campus
Development Trust, and Mike Conroy, president and CEO of The
Brenda Strafford Foundation.