About Ayre Manor

Owned by the Sooke Elderly Citizens' Housing Society (SECHS) — a local non-profit charitable society formed in 1968 by the Old Age Pensioners Organization — Ayre Manor is supported by Island Health, BC Housing, and the District of Sooke in partnership with Sooke Elderly Citizens' Housing Society (SECHS). The new Ayre Manor assisted living and complex care facilities opened in July 2008.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to provide a range of high-quality seniors' housing and care options, allowing residents of the Sooke Region to age in place, surrounded by friends and family. Our vision is of a caring community of residents, families, staff and volunteers in the best place to live, work and play.

Our Values

  • Strong Community Partnerships
  • Care and Compassion
  • Ensuring all Stakeholder Safety
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Dignity and Respect
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Commitment to Excellence

Our Community

Sooke is a small seaside community known for its friendly folks, beautiful scenery, west coast history and locally-owned restaurants, services and shops. Many of the Sooke's residents have lived here a long time and have deep community ties, so Ayre Manor fills a need to remain connected to local family and friends as life changes.
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Join the Sooke Elderly Citizens’ Housing Society and make a difference in your community. Membership is $10 annually or a Lifetime Membership is $100, which gives you voting rights at all general meetings as well as invitations to special community events held at Ayre Manor.

250.642.1750 ext. 101

Board Of Directors

Pat Phillips

Vice Chair
Geraldine McGuire

Lorraine Hoy

Larry Umbach

David Hannis
Adele Lewis
Trudy Pearson

Executive Director
Kerry Williams

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Our History: Milestones

OAPO #88 playing bridge (1964)
OAPO #88 playing bridge (1964)

Buying the Land (1968)
Buying the Land (1968)

The First Cottages: Phyllis Johnson Building (1972) The First Cottages (1972)

More Cottages (1978 + 1984) More Cottages (1978 + 1984)

New Building (2008) New Building (2008)

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (2008) Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (2008)

Our Future & Strategic Plan

There is a growing need for safe, affordable housing for seniors in Sooke, BC.

Long term, the Society wishes to optimize the full potential of the land we own towards fulfilling our stated mission. Our current goal is to build additional capacity to provide care and supports for up to another 64 residents by 2023. Our objective is to build in phases as resources and demand coincides so that our completed project will be sustainable for decades to come and will serve the community well.

To date, approximately half of the existing Ayre Manor property has been developed over five decades. Our Strategic Plan includes strengthening our commitment to enhance services on behalf of the community.

We constantly are identifying, in collaboration with Sooke District staff and the general community/public, required accommodation and care resources for the District of Sooke and area.

Our Project Proposal for this next phase is a four-storey addition composed of one 14-bed house per floor for a total of 56 beds and 8 units of independent/supportive housing.

The Society has a vision of growth for Ayre Manor and has a development permit "shovel ready" for the next Project Development Funding made available by the Provincial Government. The population of Sooke is growing rapidly and we find that we are growing beyond the ability of "neighbours taking care of neighbours."

Please consider active participation in this worthwhile endeavour.