The Elliott Community

Guelph, Ontario
Some residents and volunteers of the Eliot Community Seniors Home

Project Description

For over 100 years, the Elliott Community has served residents of Guelph, ON. It has grown to become Guelph’s only not-for-profit residence for seniors offering five levels of care. To enrich the outdoor experience of people of all abilities, they created a safe, accessible garden for their 350 residents, as well their families, volunteers, and visitors. The garden allows its users to maintain as much independence as possible, and encourages health and wellness.

Project Team Q&A

  1. Why did you decide to break down barriers in your community?

    The Elliott Community wanted to ensure our Veteran Tribute & Pollinator Garden is accessible and inclusive for residents, veterans, volunteers, and individuals of all abilities. We strive to create a community where individuals with a disability can live life to their full potential and have therapeutic, meaningful experiences in a barrier-free garden.

  2. How is this project going to make a difference in your community?

    The Veteran Tribute & Pollinator Garden provides an opportunity to promote a strong sense of pride and belonging for our community. By removing physical barriers to accessibility, we will work together to build, educate, collaborate, inspire, and implement inclusive programs - and share historic moments like Canada 150.

  3. What’s the best thing about being a Barrier Buster?

    It’s knowing the Elliott Community is making a difference by creating and providing awareness of having an inclusive community for people of all abilities.

Awareness Event


June 28, 2017

Veteran Tribute & Pollinator Garden Ceremony

Location: The Elliott Community, 170 Metcalfe Street, Guelph ON

Time: 1:30 - 3:30pm

Description: Description: This event is open to the public, with food, tree planting, and face painting. The Elliott Community CEO will announce the completion of the garden accessibility phase, marked by a special ribbon cutting ceremony. A Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador will give a presentation. Entertainment is provided by old-time rock’n’roll group, The Dreamboats.

For more information, please contact:
Rebecca McKinlay  at