22 Walker Road East
Caledon East, ON
Leoné Beck - Chair of the board
Leoné is a graduate of York University. She has a diploma from Humber in Human Resources and her Certified Financial Planner designation. She worked for 22 years with the CIBC in various capacities including Branch Manager of the local bank. She is currently retired and enjoying spending time with her grandchildren.
Leoné has lived in Caledon East since 1977 with her husband Tony and their two children. Over the last 35 years she has volunteered in the community in various capacities including being Program Co-coordinator of the Community School, baseball coach, secretary for the Playschool, on the board of the Bolton chapter of the Salvation Army, Chair of Outreach and Ministry and Personnel at the United Church and currently a volunteer for the 2015 Pan Am games. Being chair of the Abbeyfield Board for the last two years has afforded her much enjoyment and personal growth.Judith Robertson
Robert Pillar - Vice-chair
Bob graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and, through evening studies, received a Master of Business Administration degree from York University. Working as a Professional Engineer for over 30 years, Bob was involved in the fabrication and erection of many high rise steel buildings throughout Canada and the northeastern United States. He now works privately as a consultant to the steel fabrication industry.
Bob and his wife Cheryl, who have two adult children, have lived in Caledon for nearly 20 years.
Judith's 30-year career was dedicated to the Ontario Public Service starting from summers during her high school years. After graduating with a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, she experienced a variety of progressively responsible opportunities in the areas of policy and program development and program delivery across several ministries of the Government, including Municipal Affairs,Housing and Education. Her favourite assignment was most certainly as the Director of Apprenticeship Training and Certification of the Trades and skilled trades workers in the Province. In retirement, Judith is enjoying time dedicated to exercise, travel and volunteering with Abbeyfield Caledon. Married with three grown children, Judith has been a resident of Caledon for 35 years.
Joanne Davis - Secretary
Joanne Davis received her undergraduate degree in science from the University of Guelph followed by a Bachelor of Ed. at Western University. She went on to teach with the Peel District Board of Education and retired in 2008. Feeling the need to give back to the community, Joanne volunteers with Caledon Meals on Wheels, AbbeyfieldCaledon and Caledon East United Church. Her love of music led her to become an active member of the Orangeville Chorus of Sweet Adelines.
Joanne and her husband John farm in the area and their expanded family now includes three sons, two daughters-in-law and two wonderful grandchildren.
Life is good and Joanne is grateful to be part of the Board of Directors for Abbeyfield Caledon.
Jim Bonnell - Property Manager
Jim graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in Civil Engineering and has taken the Canadian Securities as well as the CIFP financial planning courses. He recently retired from an aviation career, having flown corporate jets for over forty years, based at Pearson International Airport. He has also served as president of the Caledon East Tennis club.
Jim and his wife Stephanie, who have two daughters and two granddaughters, have lived in Caledon for over 36 years.
Mary graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN). She worked as a Registered Nurse at Scarborough Centenary Hospital,Victorian order of Nurses and the Davis Centre/King Nursing Home. After Staying at Home to raise two wonderful children, she returned to the workforce for 15 years as a case manager at Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)- formerly Peel Home Care.
She retired 5 Year ago and has lived in Boloton for 35 Years with her Husband John who is a newly retired elementary school principal. Hobbies include bridge, bid euchre, line dancing, pickleball and swimming at Wasaga Beach. *Living the Dream*
Jean Newell - Kitchen manager
After graduating from Hamilton Teachers’ College, Jean taught primary grades for the Hamilton School Board. Eventually, with two young children, she searched out a more flexible career selling Tupperware Brand products. As a sales Manager, she and her team of salespeople were consistently recognized in the Top 10 in the nation, in a field of 3000 managers. That success led to the creation of a training and warehousing operation in Brantford during the 1980’s....challenging times with the recession. Success prevailed and in 1988 Jean was invited to join the national staff in the position of Director of Sales for Ontario and the Maritimes. In the mid 90’s, Tupperware was facing many challenges, and the corporate staff was decimated, with Jean retiring at that point.
Entrepreneurial spirit, however, is not soon diminished. Jean started a homemade frozen fruit pie and dessert business, “Goodness Me”, delivering to more than 45 locations in Ontario. After 17 successful, years, the business was sold, and continues to flourish today.
Jean spends many happy hours in various groups and activities in the area. Her greatest joy is in spending time with her two married children and five, very active, sports-minded grandchildren.
Chris Blackmere - Treasurer
Chris Blackmere graduated McMaster University with a degree in literature and philosophy in 2000. Since then, he has operated a bookkeeping and accounting practice in the Caledon area.
As an accountant specializing in small, family-owned businesses, he has extensive experience in financial problem solving. Chris is fluent in both English and BBQ. Chris, his wife Beth and their two sons have lived to Caledon East since 2008.
What is Abbeyfield House?
Abbeyfield is an International society dedicated to providing seniors with affordable, companionable and secure housing in a family-sized household within their local community. Community sponsored and supported, Abbeyfield Houses are set up and run on a not-for-profit basis under the management of a volunteer board of directors. Costs, which include meals, are shared by residents. A proven concept begun in England more than 50 years ago, there are now more than 1,100 Abbeyfield Houses worldwide, and 30 houses currently operating in Canada.
The Abbeyfield Caledon House is located in a peaceful, rural area of the Town of Caledon in the village of Caledon East, just north of Toronto. The House offers an independent, affordable living alternative in a warm family style environment. The House provides Residents with a balance between privacy, companionship, security, and independence.
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