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KinVillage welcomes new CEO

Dan Levitt succeeds the retiring Donna Ellis
KinVillage executive
Pictured from left; new CEO Dan Levitt, retiring CEO Donna Ellis and KinVillage board president Dennis Deslauriers.

Following the retirement of Donna Ellis earlier this month, KinVillage has welcomed a new CEO to help lead now and into the future.

Dan Levitt took over as CEO effective Sept. 7.

Prior to joining KinVillage, he was the Executive Director of Tabor Village in Abbotsford, where he shepherded the enhancement of social, spiritual, and care needs for more than 300 seniors. Leading a team of more than 400 employees and volunteers, he inspired them with a commitment to continuously improving quality of life. During his tenure, Tabor raised more than $5 million from its community for a capital campaign to redevelop a campus of care including a new complex care centre of living for older persons.

Levitt succeeds Ellis who led KinVillage as its CEO for the past 11 years. Ellis has been instrumental in developing KinVillage’s strategic directions and future vision that defines a multi-phase, multi-year master plan renewal and expansion of its housing, care programs and wellness services in response to changing and growing community needs.

“Donna is an exceptional leader, extremely organized and put some important systems in place at KinVillage and working with the community, board and team here has led to the redevelopment plans for the site, which is a huge asset to Tsawwassen,” said Levitt. “We will continue to push the legacy that Donna has created and continue the important work that KinVillage plays in the community and being an example of a very strong, caring community where seniors can life their life to the fullest.”

KinVillage is a non-profit service provider in Tsawwassen.

For more than 40 years, KinVillage has provided a unique combination of quality, affordable housing, health services and wellness opportunities aimed at enriching the lives of the community’s older adults. KinVillage is the largest, most comprehensive seniors housing and care provider in South Delta.

When the master plan is completed over the next 20 to 25 years, KinVillage will more than double the number of homes provided for older adults and younger people with disabilities, from 310 to almost 800 suites. 

“KinVillage has had the privilege of working over the past decade with Donna Ellis who has been instrumental in confirming our place as a leader in seniors care, housing, and wellness in the community and region,” said KinVillage board president Dennis DesLauriers. “We are delighted to welcome Dan Levitt to continue providing leadership excellence, especially as we move towards a new era of prolonged growth and redevelopment.”

KinVillage is currently planning the North Court redevelopment, a 152-suite building, as the first phase of its master plan. It will significantly increase the level of affordable housing that KinVillage provides and begin addressing the growing waiting list of those who want to live there.