Our history illustrates the ways in which we’ve grown and developed over the decades, adapting to the ever-changing needs of all the people who come through our doors.

Through this journey, Broadmead Care has learned a lot about how to help people experience wellbeing and happiness. It takes creativity, persistence, courage, and a willingness to help people find joy in their everyday activities. It takes resilience and enormous energy, and a firm belief that the world is worth changing for each and every person. Over time, the needs and expectations of our residents, clients, families, volunteers, staff, and partners has changed, and we know there will be more changes to come. We’re excited to continue to commit ourselves to the work at hand, and to continue to be vigilant, curious, and excited about other options that will encourage us to change the world even more.

Historical Timeline

1970s – The doors open

  • 1973 – Our first care facility, Tillicum Lodge, opens as a personal care home, operated the Glendale Lodge Society.
  • 1974 – Veterans Affairs Canada and the BC Ministry of Health go into partnership to provide health services to veterans in residential care. The Veterans Memorial Pavilion is transferred to the Provincial Government, forming the basis of the Priority Access Beds program.

1980s – Early Expansion

  • 1980 – The Glendale Lodge Society acquired Oak Bay Lodge.
  • 1987 – The Glendale Lodge Society is renamed the Oak Bay–Tillicum Care Society.
  • 1989 – The Society is divided into the Tillicum Care Society and the Oak Bay Lodge Society.

1990s – A New Residential Care Home

  • 1992 – In June, the Tillicum Care Society is renamed the Tillicum and Veterans Care Society to reflect federal funding for 115 Priority Access Beds at the new facility to be called the Lodge at Broadmead. The Lodge replaces beds to be closed at Veterans Memorial Pavilion.
  • 1993 – The Tillicum and Veterans Care Society, British Columbia Ministry of Health, and Veterans Affairs Canada agreed to fund a new facility – the Lodge at Broadmead. It will be one of the first residential care facilities in BC to be built to the multi-level care guidelines of the Ministry of Health.
  • 1995 – The Lodge at Broadmead opens in April. All residents of Tillicum Lodge and veterans from the Memorial Pavilion are moved to the new facility.
  • 1999 – The Veterans Health Centre opens. Link to Veterans Programs and Services page

2000s – Broadmead Care Society | Every Moment Matters

  • 2002 – The Tillicum and Veterans Care Society commissions master carver Calvin Hunt to design and carve a Totem Pole for the Lodge at Broadmead in honour of the contributions and sacrifices made by Canadian Aboriginal war veterans.
  • 2005 – Celebrations are held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Lodge at Broadmead.
  • 2007 – The Tillicum and Veterans Care Society is renamed the Broadmead Care Society to reflect our location in the Broadmead neighbourhood of Greater Victoria.
  • 2009 – The Broadmead Care Society enters a new partnership with Nigel Services for Adults with Disabilities Society to operate the Nigel Program through a management services agreement.
  • 2009 – Staff members at Broadmead Care launch the Every Moment Matters campaign to introduce the organization’s new Philosophy of Care and Service.

2010s – Advancing our Mission through Organizational Growth

  • 2010 – The Nigel Society is consolidated into Broadmead Care Society in December.
  • 2011 – Broadmead Care Society adopts an organizational growth plan and rebrands itself as ‘Broadmead Care’.
  • 2012 – Broadmead Care achieves ‘Accreditation with Exemplary Standing’ from Accreditation Canada
  • 2015 – The Lodge at Broadmead celebrates the 20th anniversary of its opening
  • 2015 – Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, unveils a plaque honouring all Canada’s veterans with Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier. The Lodge is officially renamed the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead.
  • 2017 – Beckley Farm Lodge Society is merged into Broadmead Care Society.
  • 2018 – Rest Haven Lodge is merged into Broadmead Care Society.
  • 2019 – The New Home for Nigel House campaign is launched, which will see a new care home constructed at the site of the existing Nigel House. The design of the new building will provide ample space to accommodate a wide range of programs and activities, with open and covered exterior patios to make it easy for people to get fresh air and sunshine. The new Nigel House is part of a Master Plan to redevelop the entire nine-acre valley, and is made possible by the collaboration of Broadmead Care with Island Health, BC Housing, and the CRHD, with the project being led by BC Housing. It will include 10 Affordable Housing units and 37 Assisted Living homes, in addition to providing home for 41 people with complex care requirements.
  • 2019 – Broadmead Care launches a new brand and tag line (Where Love, Life and Living Matter) and stated Purpose (To build communities where people of all ages and abilities can experience wellbeing and happiness) at its Annual General Meeting.