Canterbury Manor means to me a safe, attractive place in which I can live during my declining years with a maximum amount of privacy yet use opportunities to socialize with a variety of pleasant other residents when I wish to do so.
- Canterbury Resident
Resident Profile - Casey and Sandi Skakun
Sandi and Casey Skakun have called Canterbury Manor home since March of 2011. Before that they lived at beautiful Lake Wabamun for 9 years, moving there after dwelling in the Edmonton neighbourhood of Belgravia for 36 years.
Casey and Sandi Skakun were personally introduced to Canterbury Manor by the Sandi’s sister who had lived at Canterbury Manor.
“We were so impressed by visiting her at the Manor and wished to be one of the residents in Manor too. We liked the idea that as we got older and our abilities might change. We could move from independent unit as is in Manor to a unit where more helps are needed and available,” shared Sandi.
The two met when Casey’s family moved into a house across the street from Sandi’s, when they were about sixteen. That’s when they started dating. They were married during Casey’s final year as an architect student at UBC and started their life together in Vancouver. The Skakuns now have two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren. This June the happy couple celebrated their 60th anniversary among friends at Canterbury.
“We have been enjoying our living at our home, Canterbury Manor very much. Staff and residents are very friendly and there are so many activities that we would miss out if we lived in a private single dwelling.”
Sandi has a lifelong passion for gardening which she acquired in her youth and is still very present today. Sandi and Casey can both be seen throughout the summer working very diligently in the gardens at Canterbury. Sandi is also an established potter and jewelry maker and has sold her wares across Canada.
Casey was involved in two Architectural Partnerships, the second of which lasted for twelve years. When he retired from this practice, he did some consulting work for an engineering company before serving the Government of Alberta as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Works for nearly 15 years.
At Canterbury, the Skakuns enjoy the daily exercise classes and the social aspect of living at Canterbury. They are a part of a “sing for fun” group that meets every other week. It is something they cherish, enjoy and feel happy participating in. They also enjoy the activities that happen through the Canterbury community including card games, bingo, horse races, movies, live entertainment, celebrations and birthday parties!
“We love the fellowship we are experiencing while living here, whether is to watch a Friday night movie or attending a yoga class,” shared the Skakuns. “Our move to Canterbury was certainly the right one for us.”