About Christenson Communities



Christenson Communities is redefining what it means to 'Age in Place'. Our award winning Communities are a great fit to meet the lifestyle needs of today's Active Adults or for those who desire Retirement Living.


Christenson Communities offers a lifestyle that is worry-free, comfortable, fun, active and social. Christenson staff are friendly, caring professionals. Our first priorities are your quality of life and helping you feel healthy and happy. We help you achieve this by focusing on four areas - individual choice, active aging, living well and lifelong learning,



Whether you require independent living, supportive living, or assisted living lifestyle options, Christenson Communities is here to provide the best quality senior care and home care services. Christenson Communities practices "Wellness Principles" which include exercise and social interaction to encourage active and healthy living to improve our residents' satisfaction and their overall quality of life.



Christenson Communities has over 1,500 Retirement Living Suites located in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Red Deer, Lacombe and Rocky Mountain House. Many of these Communities are integrated into Christenson's innovative "Urban Village" concept. These sustainable communities are planned with the future in mind, and offer active adults a choice of housing styles in a centrally located village with shopping, transit, and professional services situated around public parks and linear walkways.

 

The Christenson Communities Team


 

Lyn KrutzfeldtCEO

Lyn Krutzfeldt is Chief Executive Officer of Christenson Communities. She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in senior living, health care, and long-term care to guide Christenson Communities in expanding its leadership presence in the Seniors Housing Industry.


Concurrently, Ms. Krutzfeldt is President of the AdvantAGE Assist Group which provides innovative models of care and services for the Christenson Group and other Seniors Living communities in Alberta.

With a reputation for developing great teams, Ms. Krutzfeldt has spearheaded a new approach to seniors care and transformed the Senior Living division of Christenson Communities into a leading provider of Seniors Housing and Care.

Her teams are encouraged to focus on strategic solutions and their vision of enhancing the lives of older adults through lifestyle and residential alternatives is now recognized across the country.

Before joining Christenson Communities, Ms. Krutzfeldt served as Vice President of the Shepherds Care Foundation in Edmonton and also as the Director of Operations for Central Park Lodges where she oversaw day-to-day operations of 19 senior living communities. 

Ms. Krutzfeldt is the past President of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and NWT, and has also served 6 years as a board member of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, chairing its Fund Development Committee.


Devin Gray, Director, Sales and Marketing
Mr. Gray oversees the Sales & Marketing Department for Christenson Communities in the Edmonton area and Central Alberta.
 
Previously, Mr. Gray spent 26 years in Sales and Management in the Broadcast Media industry. In that time, Mr. Gray managed, coached and mentored various sales teams, and led them to consistent success in one of the most competitive and demanding media markets in Canada.
 
A passionate team builder and communicator, Mr. Gray is dedicated to a Customer First Approach, and is committed to delivering a positive experience to everyone who visits a Christenson Community. Each visitor will receive first class treatment and provided with all the information they need to ensure they arre able to make an informed decision when considering a Christenson Community as their future residence.

Melody Brackenbury, VP, Clinical Quality and Education
Ms. Brackenbury leads the professional development and education efforts for clinical staff at Christenson Communities. She is responsible for clinical education as well as quality assurance, nursing leadership and mentorship programs.

Prior to joining Christenson, Ms. Brackenbury was a clinical educator and auditor for Alberta Health Services specializing in educational in-services and quality assurance in assisted living communities.

Her diverse clinical background encompasses critical care, cardiac sciences, general medicine, pediatrics, and surgical nursing.

Ms. Brackenbury attended Grant MacEwan University and University of Alberta for her Nursing degree and she is currently pursuing a degree in Health & Business Administration.

Stacey Schaffer, Director of Human Resources

A seasoned CHRP, Ms. Schaffer is responsible for the development, delivery and management of effective human resources programs that align with corporate objectives.

She oversees a range of critical HR functions, from recruitment and retention to employee relations, organizational development, talent management, communications and more.

A workforce champion, she is committed to organizational excellence and the implementation of leading-edge people processes.

Ms. Schaffer is a graduate of the University of Alberta, a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) and in good standing as a Certified Human Resources Professional.


 

Stephen Blackie, Exective Director - Bedford Village

Mr. Blackie ensures our growing Bedford Village Community im Sherwood Park effectively meets the needs of over 100 Independent Living residents by focusing on resident satisfaction and personal service.

With an extensive history in the hospitality industry, Mr. Blackie utilizes his previous experience with multi-unit management, team leadership, training and program development to exceed resident expectations.

Demonstrating a commitment to individualized attention while seeking continuous improvement in operations Mr. Blackie strives to nurture an environment that advances residents overall quality of life.


  

Glen McGrath, Executive Director - Citadel Village

Mr. McGrath is the Executive Director for the urban village seniors’ community of Citadel Mews East and West, located in the vibrant city of St. Albert, Alberta.

Mr. McGrath has a passion for understanding evolving customer needs and developing effective teams who take pride in their commitment toward exceeding expectations and making a difference in the lives of seniors.  Whether it is assisting and educating future residents or putting family members at ease as they navigate the transitions of seniors living and support options, he builds relationships based on honesty, transparency, communication and trust. Resident centric and relentless in the pursuit of excellence through constant improvement.
 
Decades of director level luxury hotel and resort operations experience, both locally and abroad, combined with progressive seniors living director roles including not for profit seniors apartments, supportive lodge living, assisted living and clinical care are backed with current and on-going education and certification.  Mr. McGrath’s career path is well-balanced and perfectly matched to the upscale seniors living and support role and fundamental to his consistent success.


Isabelle Settle, Executive Director - Central Zone (Lacombe, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer)

Ms. Settle is the Executive Director for Central Alberta, managng 3 communities: Royal Oak Village in Lacombe, The Ravines @ Park Avenue in Rocky Mountain House and Timbertsone Mews in Red Deer. She is dedicated to the continuing development and growth of 381 suites in Central Zone.
 
With over 20 years of diversified background in Occupational therapy, Property Management, Hospitality and Business Management, Ms. Settle found her niche in managing senior housing. She is passionate about making Christenson Communities - Central Zone the name in Senior Care and Hospitality with the help of her exceptional leadership team.
 
Ms. Settle is committed to a respectful and professional work place. Positive and quick on her feet, she is a dedicated leader who ensures quality care and compassion to our residents. She leads by example, making residents the top priority, happy and safe in their own homes.

 

 

About Christenson Communities



Christenson Communities is redefining what it means to 'Age in Place'. Our award winning Communities are a great fit to meet the lifestyle needs of today's Active Adults or for those who desire Retirement Living.


Christenson Communities offers a lifestyle that is worry-free, comfortable, fun, active and social. Christenson staff are friendly, caring professionals. Our first priorities are your quality of life and helping you feel healthy and happy. We help you achieve this by focusing on four areas - individual choice, active aging, living well and lifelong learning,



Whether you require independent living, supportive living, or assisted living lifestyle options, Christenson Communities is here to provide the best quality senior care and home care services. Christenson Communities practices "Wellness Principles" which include exercise and social interaction to encourage active and healthy living to improve our residents' satisfaction and their overall quality of life.



Christenson Communities has over 1,500 Retirement Living Suites located in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Red Deer, Lacombe and Rocky Mountain House. Many of these Communities are integrated into Christenson's innovative "Urban Village" concept. These sustainable communities are planned with the future in mind, and offer active adults a choice of housing styles in a centrally located village with shopping, transit, and professional services situated around public parks and linear walkways.

 

The Christenson Communities Team


 

Lyn KrutzfeldtCEO

Lyn Krutzfeldt is Chief Executive Officer of Christenson Communities. She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in senior living, health care, and long-term care to guide Christenson Communities in expanding its leadership presence in the Seniors Housing Industry.


Concurrently, Ms. Krutzfeldt is President of the AdvantAGE Assist Group which provides innovative models of care and services for the Christenson Group and other Seniors Living communities in Alberta.

With a reputation for developing great teams, Ms. Krutzfeldt has spearheaded a new approach to seniors care and transformed the Senior Living division of Christenson Communities into a leading provider of Seniors Housing and Care.

Her teams are encouraged to focus on strategic solutions and their vision of enhancing the lives of older adults through lifestyle and residential alternatives is now recognized across the country.

Before joining Christenson Communities, Ms. Krutzfeldt served as Vice President of the Shepherds Care Foundation in Edmonton and also as the Director of Operations for Central Park Lodges where she oversaw day-to-day operations of 19 senior living communities. 

Ms. Krutzfeldt is the past President of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and NWT, and has also served 6 years as a board member of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, chairing its Fund Development Committee.


Devin Gray, Director, Sales and Marketing
Mr. Gray oversees the Sales & Marketing Department for Christenson Communities in the Edmonton area and Central Alberta.
 
Previously, Mr. Gray spent 26 years in Sales and Management in the Broadcast Media industry. In that time, Mr. Gray managed, coached and mentored various sales teams, and led them to consistent success in one of the most competitive and demanding media markets in Canada.
 
A passionate team builder and communicator, Mr. Gray is dedicated to a Customer First Approach, and is committed to delivering a positive experience to everyone who visits a Christenson Community. Each visitor will receive first class treatment and provided with all the information they need to ensure they arre able to make an informed decision when considering a Christenson Community as their future residence.

Melody Brackenbury, VP, Clinical Quality and Education
Ms. Brackenbury leads the professional development and education efforts for clinical staff at Christenson Communities. She is responsible for clinical education as well as quality assurance, nursing leadership and mentorship programs.

Prior to joining Christenson, Ms. Brackenbury was a clinical educator and auditor for Alberta Health Services specializing in educational in-services and quality assurance in assisted living communities.

Her diverse clinical background encompasses critical care, cardiac sciences, general medicine, pediatrics, and surgical nursing.

Ms. Brackenbury attended Grant MacEwan University and University of Alberta for her Nursing degree and she is currently pursuing a degree in Health & Business Administration.

Stacey Schaffer, Director of Human Resources

A seasoned CHRP, Ms. Schaffer is responsible for the development, delivery and management of effective human resources programs that align with corporate objectives.

She oversees a range of critical HR functions, from recruitment and retention to employee relations, organizational development, talent management, communications and more.

A workforce champion, she is committed to organizational excellence and the implementation of leading-edge people processes.

Ms. Schaffer is a graduate of the University of Alberta, a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) and in good standing as a Certified Human Resources Professional.


 

Stephen Blackie, Exective Director - Bedford Village

Mr. Blackie ensures our growing Bedford Village Community im Sherwood Park effectively meets the needs of over 100 Independent Living residents by focusing on resident satisfaction and personal service.

With an extensive history in the hospitality industry, Mr. Blackie utilizes his previous experience with multi-unit management, team leadership, training and program development to exceed resident expectations.

Demonstrating a commitment to individualized attention while seeking continuous improvement in operations Mr. Blackie strives to nurture an environment that advances residents overall quality of life.


  

Glen McGrath, Executive Director - Citadel Village

Mr. McGrath is the Executive Director for the urban village seniors’ community of Citadel Mews East and West, located in the vibrant city of St. Albert, Alberta.

Mr. McGrath has a passion for understanding evolving customer needs and developing effective teams who take pride in their commitment toward exceeding expectations and making a difference in the lives of seniors.  Whether it is assisting and educating future residents or putting family members at ease as they navigate the transitions of seniors living and support options, he builds relationships based on honesty, transparency, communication and trust. Resident centric and relentless in the pursuit of excellence through constant improvement.
 
Decades of director level luxury hotel and resort operations experience, both locally and abroad, combined with progressive seniors living director roles including not for profit seniors apartments, supportive lodge living, assisted living and clinical care are backed with current and on-going education and certification.  Mr. McGrath’s career path is well-balanced and perfectly matched to the upscale seniors living and support role and fundamental to his consistent success.


Isabelle Settle, Executive Director - Central Zone (Lacombe, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer)

Ms. Settle is the Executive Director for Central Alberta, managng 3 communities: Royal Oak Village in Lacombe, The Ravines @ Park Avenue in Rocky Mountain House and Timbertsone Mews in Red Deer. She is dedicated to the continuing development and growth of 381 suites in Central Zone.
 
With over 20 years of diversified background in Occupational therapy, Property Management, Hospitality and Business Management, Ms. Settle found her niche in managing senior housing. She is passionate about making Christenson Communities - Central Zone the name in Senior Care and Hospitality with the help of her exceptional leadership team.
 
Ms. Settle is committed to a respectful and professional work place. Positive and quick on her feet, she is a dedicated leader who ensures quality care and compassion to our residents. She leads by example, making residents the top priority, happy and safe in their own homes.