University of Calgary

Centre on Aging

Submitted by darmstro on Mon, 2011-04-04 11:45.

April 4, 2011

Donation to create Centre on Aging

$5-million gift supports health and wellness of Canada’s fastest growing age group

A new Centre on Aging at the University of Calgary will help enhance the health and wellness of Canadian seniors, thanks to a $5-million gift from the Brenda Strafford Foundation.

The University of Calgary’s Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging will promote the quality of life and quantity of years for seniors through coordinated research, teaching and community outreach. The new centre and its director, Dr. David Hogan, will be announced today at a special event celebrating Dr. Barrie I. Strafford, chair of the Brenda Strafford Foundation, and his contributions to the University of Calgary.

To date, Strafford has contributed more than $8.5 million to the university, through his foundation and personal philanthropy. These gifts have supported aging-related research in the faculties of Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing and Social Work.

“By creating the Brenda Strafford Foundation Centre on Aging, the University of Calgary’s already significant work in the area of aging can have an even greater, farther reaching positive impact on the ability of senior citizens to live healthy, active lives,” said Elizabeth Cannon, president and vice-chancellor, University of Calgary. “The difference Dr. Strafford has made through his support of our students and our researchers is far-reaching and profound. I thank him for his continued relationship and confidence in the University of Calgary.”

Dr. Hogan, the Brenda Strafford chair in Geriatric Medicine, will serve as the inaugural director of the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging. He was the founding head of the Faculty of Medicine’s division of Geriatric Medicine and has held key roles in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) related to his specialty. He has authored more than 400 publications related to aging.

“The Centre aims to improve the quality of life for Albertans aged 65 or older,” said Hogan. “By developing programs that will support age-related applied research and carefully considered public policy, interdisciplinary education in geriatrics and gerontology, and public awareness of the remarkable opportunities that will become available to us as the 21st century unfolds.”

“The guiding principle of the Brenda Strafford Foundation is to cater to humanity, to bring a measure of hope to people whose outlook seems hopeless,” said Strafford. “The Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging will improve quality of life for seniors today and in the future. I am pleased to work with the University of Calgary and Dr. David Hogan to realize this vision.”

Prior to today’s gift announcement, the philanthropic efforts of Strafford and his foundation have also supported the Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine, the Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Alzheimer Research, the Brenda Strafford Centre for Excellence in Gerontological Nursing, the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Faculty of Kinesiology’s aging and exercise research program.


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