Randy O’Dell House Floorplans and Donors

This floorplan is designed to help you find your way at Randy O’Dell House, but more importantly, we hope you will linger here long enough to glimpse the wonderful individuals who have given us the privilege of calling our rooms by their names.

If you hover over the dots on the various rooms, you will be treated to an image and a short story about the person we are honouring.

We gratefully acknowledge our donors, and thank them for their support in making Wellspring Calgary – Randy O’Dell House a reality.

UPPER LEVEL

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CATHERINE DANIEL ROOM

Catherine (Kay) Daniel was an early ‘pioneer’ in recognizing the importance of a strong emotional support system when she was diagnosed with cancer in the early 1980s. Her cancer battle went on for over a decade and she would argue that her support system and positive emotional state dramatically improved her quality of life and may even have extended that life. In her day, there was no internet or Google with which to access information and very little acceptance of the importance of one’s emotional health when battling disease. She wrote many letters and ordered meditation tapes, information on alternate treatments, and ways to cope. She contacted many who were also undergoing cancer care.

This room would have been a big help to Catherine and family had it existed back then! She would be proud to have her name associated with this facility.

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NORRIS FAMILY FOUNDATION ROOM

The Norris Family Foundation has a core mandate of investing in local community. Founded by Calgary philanthropists Alan and Shelly Norris, the Foundation has donated to projects and initiatives that improve the lives of Calgarians. Notable initiatives supported by the Foundation include: the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, the Resolve Campaign, the Calgary Stampede Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, United Way, the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center, CUPS Health Education Housing and Wellspring Calgary. The Norris Family Foundation believes the strongest communities are ones in which every member has the opportunity lto thrive.

Strongly aligned with Wellspring Calgary’s vision that no one has to face cancer alone, The Norris Family Foundation is proud to contribute to the Randy O’Dell House. This cause is one that has touched the Norris Family personally. We hope that all families living with the devastating effects of cancer have access to the supports they need. Wellspring offers programs and resources that have a positive community impact and the Norris Family Foundation is a proud supporter of their work.

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CULBERT FAMILY MONEY MATTERS OFFICE

Heather and Michael Culbert have been actively involved in philanthropy in Calgary for many years. They instilled the importance of giving back to the community in their two children Lindsay and Sean from a young age. As a family, the Culberts are involved in various charitable organizations; however, Wellspring Calgary holds a special place in their hearts due to the family’s own connection to cancer.

The Culberts have focused some of their philanthropic efforts on financial aid and feel that it is important that everyone has access to programs and information that will allow them to live as comfortably as possible. Through their support of the Money Matters office at Wellspring Calgary Randy O’Dell House, the Culberts are pleased to know that anyone living with cancer can benefit from guidance and assistance in the financial, insurance and employment challenges they may be facing.

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JACK ANDERSON RESOURCE LIBRARY

To sum up Jack Anderson is to name a man of extraordinary integrity, ingenuity and vision. He is a man known for his unrelenting work ethic, his spectacular determination, and the tremendous respect he has earned from his peers in business. Jack’s life has been nothing short of remarkable. He forged a diverse and ambitious career, beginning as a young man in sales, and culminating as owner and Chairman of the largest privately-owned propane company in Canada. Jack is a husband, a father, a friend, and a rancher.

But perhaps what Jack Anderson is most noted for is his monumental spirit of giving.

In 2007 Jack gave the largest individual gift in the history of Olds College when he donated 100 classic cars to the Olds College Centennial Year Auction. In 2018, Jack and his daughter Wynne Chisholm, donated their 19,000 acre Cochrane area ranch, complete with 1,000 cows, to the University of Calgary School of Veterinary Medicine.

And to Wellspring Calgary, Jack and his wife Dr. Wendy Ovaris have been impossibly generous. Offering years of quiet support and anonymous gifts, the pair have staked their belief in what Wellspring does, and made tremendous contributions to ensure its sustainability.

Jack Anderson is a true philanthropist, and a true friend of Wellspring Calgary.

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CONNIE COOPER TRANQUILITY ROOM

Connie Cooper was a wonderful mother and grandmother, a dedicated registered nurse, and a compassionate humanitarian. She was quick to help and support whomever needed her, be it her ailing mother, her children, her grandchildren, or her treasured friends. Connie was highly energetic and engaged in life, raising five children and working full-time for nearly 55 years of her life.

A traditional and dedicated healthcare professional, Connie advocated for patient centric care, believing that all people should be treated with due care and respect. As she spent significant time in hospitals, both as a nurse, and as a patient receiving care, she advised and encouraged nurses to put the patient first, and was known to nurse the patients in beds next to her, even during her own time of need.

Unfortunately, Connie succumbed to cancer at the early age of 76 years old. She lived with cancer for the last 25 years of her life and fought a courageous battle, undergoing many surgeries, chemotherapies and radiation treatments.

Given that Connie dedicated her life to helping other people, she would be pleased to have a room named in her memory at Wellspring Calgary Randy O’Dell House; one more way of playing a role in supporting people and their families experiencing the challenges of illness.

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MOVEMENT AND MEDITATION

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INSPIRATION ROOM

John Stephure: When John was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 47, his life radically changed. Wellspring Toronto had recently opened and John, in hospital, resolved to dedicate himself to building another such centre of solace and support here in Calgary. He left his career as an oil and gas executive behind, and for the next 11 years worked tirelessly with co-founders Barbara and Rita to establish Wellspring Calgary, drawing strength from his faith, his family, and his own steadfast spirit. John died in 2009, just as Carma House opened, but his vision, courage, and generosity continue to inspire and support those whose lives have been touched and forever changed by cancer.
Born, and later diagnosed in the Chinese Year of the Tiger, John drew strength and his will to survive from the tiger.

Rita Egizii: Rita defines herself as a social innovator, an eclectic scholar, and an entrepreneur. Her life purpose is to drive the creation of unique social models that empower citizens. Initially diagnosed with cancer at 38, she is now a two-time survivor who believes passionately in the importance of healing, regardless of prognosis. Finding ‘fellow travellers’ Barbara and John, reinforced her conviction that it was time for a new way to deliver patient-driven healthcare. For Rita, Wellspring Calgary is proof that human dignity is nourished by empathy, shared experiences and community-centered sustenance. 

Barbara Cunnings: Barbara has always been deeply impassioned and a strong advocate for others in need. When in 1990, Barbara’s life was interrupted by cancer, she realized there was more to healing than standard medical treatment, and was inspired to find a wellness path that addresses the ‘whole person’, without prohibitive costs. When her quest led her to Rita and then John, together the trio founded Wellspring Calgary. Barbara knew she was destined to help bring this empowering resource to others living with cancer. Today, living well, Barbara considers Wellspring Calgary her most valuable life achievement.

LOWER LEVEL

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FITNESS ROOM

SITE PLAN

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CALGARY FOUNDATION COMMUNITY GARDEN

Calgary Foundation exists to nurture a healthy, resilient community where everyone feels connected and where everyone belongs. We inspire philanthropy, support the charitable sector and build a permanent endowment to address the current and future needs of people in our community.

As a community builder, there is great alignment between the purpose of Calgary Foundation and the Randy O’Dell House. Wellspring Calgary plays a vital role in building a healthy community by supporting the crucial, but often overlooked needs on the spirit side of a cancer journey.

This project will have a transformational and positive impact on members of our community. Which is why Calgary Foundation, through our Major & Signature Grants program, is privileged to provide support for what will soon be, a very special place of healing.

Due to the significant generosity of an anonymous donor, Calgary Foundation is honoured to gift $1 million to Wellspring Calgary for the Randy O’Dell House and is humbled and grateful that a community garden will be named in Calgary Foundation’s honour in recognition of our support.

We are very proud to work alongside Wellspring Calgary to achieve our shared vision of creating a healthy community, for all Calgarians.

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JAN CRIST STUDIO

Jan Crist (Babcock) was born on November 20,1954 in Saskatoon, where she was raised, went to school and worked. While living in Saskatoon, Jan married and had four children. In the years that followed, she lived in many different cities, including Vancouver, Regina and eventually Calgary.

Sadly, Jan was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in May, 2006. Although she was given just one year to live, she underwent life-saving treatments and went into remission, granting her six more years with her loved ones. It was because of Jan’s strong will, her positive attitude, and the wonderful support of the amazing staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre that our family endured these difficult times. The staff at Tom Baker were amazing and very empathetic toward Jan and her devastated family. They made the process easier to cope with.

In 2012, Jan passed away from her battle with cancer, leaving a hole in all our hearts. She will always be remembered as a wonderful and dedicated mother, grandmother, wife, and friend to all who knew her. She had a special gift for making everyone around her feel loved, and for making us all better versions of ourselves. She was patient and kind and she always made you feel like you were the most important person in the room. She had a way of making every child fall in love with her instantly, hence, she was known as everybody’s “Mom”. Jan touched and brightened so many people’s lives. She was, and continues to be our inspiration. She is dearly missed by her family and friends and will forever be adored by us all.

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FIREFIGHTERS LANDING

Welcome to Firefighters Landing; your warm and inviting entrance to Randy O’Dell House.

Firefighters Landing pays special tribute to the brave members of our firefighting community who, by virtue of their jobs, are at high risk for many presumptive cancers. Wellspring Calgary commends these individuals for their unwavering services to our communities, and pledges gratitude with the naming of this sacred space – the first steps into our caring Wellspring community.

At Wellspring we cherish our relationship with firefighters and are proud to partner with the Calgary Fire Department and the Calgary Firefighters Association (IAFF Local 255) in our annual Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge. This fundraiser in support of firefighters and community members living with cancer was inspired by Kathy Blas, sister of local fallen firefighter Gord Paul. After years of tenacious work by Kathy, and with the dedicated assistance of Wayne Morris of the Calgary Fire Department, the first stairclimb was launched on May 3, 2015. Since then, the Firefighter Stairclimb has garnered world-wide participation and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of firefighters and community members living with cancer.

With our deepest appreciation and with our warm Wellspring embrace …
WELCOME to Randy O’Dell House.

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KINSMEN KIDS’ ROOM

Kinsmen Club of Calgary is dedicated to serving in our community and is a proud supporter of Wellspring Calgary. This important tie with Wellspring is cemented with the naming of the Kinsmen Kids Room at Randy O’Dell House. Indeed, this naming opportunity is fitting, as Kinsmen Club of Calgary helps support Wellspring Calgary’s family programs.

For those who do not know, the Kinsmen is a 95-year-old Canadian non-profit organization that promotes service, fellowship, positive values, and national pride. Kinsmen Club of Calgary was established in 1924 and remains steadfast in its dedication to fostering life-long friendships while ‘serving the community’s greatest need.’ Two key Kinsmen values are service and fellowship, and these commitments are fulfilled earnestly and zealously.

In service, most notably, Kinsmen Club of Calgary is affiliated with the Calgary Stampede, dating back to 1925 when it first began running the food concession at the event. Kinsmen also log thousands of volunteer hours from members, other Kin clubs, and community groups, for the selling of lottery tickets at the Calgary stampede.

In terms of fellowship, without it Kinsmen would not exist. Fellowship is the binding force that has resulted in over 90 years of service to the Calgary community. The bond formed between Kinsmen while working casinos, selling raffle tickets, or participating in a work party cannot be overstated. These friendships are further enhanced through the numerous fundraising barbeques, fellowship nights, Christmas functions, family events, and many other formal and informal outings.

With pride, Kinsmen of Calgary is pleased to do its part in support of Wellspring Calgary and in helping to serve those living with cancer.

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ENBRIDGE ROOM

At Enbridge, we believe a community belongs to everyone who lives there. And, no matter who we are or where we live, all of us want to make life better for our families, our friends, our neighbours and ourselves.

We collaborate with community leaders to support local priorities, and we plan and implement initiatives that help improve the quality of life for residents. That is why we are proud to support Wellspring, together, we are partners in building a strong and healthy community.

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COMMUNITY KITCHEN