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Aster Gardens is an innovative seniors’ living community that will open in 2021 in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Aster Gardens is a modern purpose-built residence carefully crafted around seniors’ active lifestyles, tastes, and needs, conceived through local knowledge, partnerships, collaborations, and planning with innovative design and craftsmanship all contributing to an inspiring and functional life experience. Aster Gardens reflects respect and celebration of local history in relation to the Sherwood Park community.

Together with the logo and supporting elements, the Aster Gardens name creates memorable and powerful associations, and represents what this facility represents: a transformative and visionary community.

What is in a name?

The word Aster is an early 17th-century Latin word deriving its meaning from the Greek word aster, meaning Star.

Asters are daisy-like perennial flowers with starry-shaped heads. They provide a symphony of colour in shades of pink, purple, blue, and white. They bring delightful colour to the garden in late summer and autumn when many summer blooms are fading. The blue aster is known to grace the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. A sturdy and robust plant, asters thrive in a variety of conditions, even in challenging soils and rock gardens.

For a seniors’ residence, a name featuring aster carries the meaningful subtext of perennial hardiness combined with a wild, vibrant beauty that reaches its peak late in the season.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide intimate, home-style living for seniors. We seek to provide the best quality of life possible by enabling each resident to experience a full and independent lifestyle.

Our Vision

We envision every person feeling at home. Here at Optima Living, we feel it is an honour to work with you and we advocate a resident-centred approach where you, the Resident, is the focus of all our endeavours.

Our Values

We promise to:

Respect You: We actively listen to provide a dignified and welcoming home where you can live your life as you see fit.

Uphold Your Dignity: We respect what you say and support your right to make choices for yourself.

Work Together: We work with you and your persons of choice to create a resident-focused community.

Do the Right Thing: We are passionate about doing ‘right by you’ every day.


Leadership Team

Karen Fitzgerald

General Manager

Karen Fitzgerald is the General Manager of Aster Gardens. Her main responsibilities include the coordination of all activities focused on getting Aster Gardens ready for opening and welcoming residents home thereafter.

Karen is a health care executive with over 33 years of experience working in the senior care industry in both Supportive Living and Continuing Care. She is skilled in Financial Management, Strategic Planning, and Leadership, Quality Risk Planning and Improvement, Program Development, and Person-Centred Elder Care. Additionally, Karen has a strong business development professional grounded by health professional education from the University of Alberta.

Karen enjoys spending time with her family and usually can be found on a mountain somewhere, either hiking or skiing. Her other interests include kayaking, gardening, yoga, reading, volunteering, camping, and spending time near water.


Linda Portsmouth

Community Leasing Coordinator

Linda Portsmouth is the Community Leasing Coordinator of Aster Gardens. Her main responsibility is building meaningful relationships with seniors in the Sherwood Park community.

Linda studied at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and at Kings University, and has additional training in Alzheimer’s Patient/Resident Care. She has had more than 15 years of sales experience in medical, healthcare, and senior living.

In her free time, she likes competing in marathons in places like Las Vegas, Victoria, Kelowna, and Edmonton. She also coaches minor league baseball. She is excited to be a part of the Aster Gardens team, and she can’t wait to meet you!


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