Calling Canora Gardens Home

Janet was never one for napping. Shortly after moving into Canora Gardens in February, 2018, she decided to take a quick rest in the afternoon. She woke up a few hours later, realizing that this was the first long and deep nap she had taken in years.

“I told my daughter and she howled because she’s never seen me nap!” Janet says with a wide smile. “I remember waking up and thinking, ‘oh, this is what it’s like to relax.’”

Moving into Canora Gardens has changed a lot about Janet’s day-to-day life. Even in the short time she has lived in the GEF Seniors Housing building, she says she already feels more at home here than she has anywhere else in the past 20 years. Though it took some time to finally move in, Janet believes that being able to call Canora Gardens home was well worth the wait.

“I would have waited another two or three years if it meant I was living somewhere as great as this,” Janet says. “I applied even before the applications were technically open. I was approved in about four days.”

Janet saw photos from Canora Gardens before it experienced its 2012 fire and was immediately drawn to the building. She was living in another apartment building close to the city’s west-end, but wanted to be further west so she could live closer to her daughter. Janet remembers the first few interactions she had with GEF Seniors Housing staff

“You don’t get that kind of respect everywhere,” says Janet. “I felt immediately welcomed by everyone working here.”


Seeing the show suite at Canora Gardens impressed both Janet and her daughter. They were both immediately drawn to the counter space and cabinets in the kitchen. Living with celiac disease means Janet has to do a lot of her own cooking so having a spacious kitchen with full sized appliances was important.

In addition to the full kitchen, Janet and her daughter immediately noted how safe and secure Canora Gardens is. She immediately noted that all the locks in Canora Gardens are set with a fob and not with the typical key system in most older apartment buildings. She remembers back to her previous building where there were serious issues with break and enters.

“It got to the point where I was piling up chairs against my door,” explains Janet. “Now, I live with a sense of serenity. I’m actually able to sleep now because I feel so safe.”


Janet’s positive spirit is seeing her already looking to make connections within her community. She’s never been one to shy away from meeting new people and is even exploring the larger neighbourhood to help keep her busy. She’s even starting to look ahead, knowing that as she ages she won’t be able to live totally on her own. Janet laughs as she points out that she already has her next GEF Seniors Housing building picked out.

“I got to see Meadowlark Place and I told my daughter, this is where I want to live next when the time comes,” says Janet. “For now, I am completely happy here. It feels like I’ve been given a new lease on life.”


Thoughts on "Calling Canora Gardens Home"

  1. Francine Gregory

    I can feel how happy Janet is with her choice of GEF!

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  2. Lynn Fraser

    This is very comforting to know that our loved ones feel safe AND can maintain their independence. Caring & respectful staff, ability to maintain one's health and access to programs & services in the community. This is what I'll be looking at for myself and my family members in the future. I hope Janet thrives at Canora Gardens. And that her daughter is sleeping better too knowing her Mom is happy!

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  3. B McCabe

    Yes Janet I love it here compared to where we lived before, scary place and bad management. I was evicted from there because one office worker told the manager that I had yelled and swore at her which was the other way around. But it worked out for the best as I got to live downtown and the Manager was fantastic, everybody loved him. Now that I'm finally living here which I tried to come here few years before the fire and now I'm finally in my little heaven where everyone seems to be really happy including me. Yes I know Janet and she looks so happy now. Thank you so much for giving us a place that its so beautiful and the people are smiling all the time. God Bless GEF and their staff which are great and helpful. No more chairs under the door knob! We love the protection of the chain link fences.

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  4. Judy

    I loved to see and hear what Janet had to say about Canora Gardens. I just am not in the position to move just yet. Money issues. So I must wait. But it looks like a great place and I am so happy to hear that Janet is happy. Say hello to her if you are able to. From, Judy (from Matheson)

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