Normanna Living

Normanna is a non-profit, 100 bed residential care facility located in Burnaby BC. Normanna is owned and operated by the Norwegian Old People’s Home Association. The volunteer Board of Directors takes great pride in the quality of care and services provided at Normanna. Our priority is to ensure Normanna, while being a complex residential care facility with a dementia care unit, is a home for its residents.

Normanna Handbook – Revised March 2024

Our Vision

Life Lived Well in the Best of Care

Our Mission

Normanna provides quality long-term care that is trusted, home-like, empowering, and
respectful of the diverse and individual health care needs of each resident.

Our Values

Our values guide our relationships and actions, and inspire us to do our best.

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Normanna Living

Our History


On May 4th a Meeting was held at First Norwegian Lutheran Church in Vancouver to discuss a home for seniors who were no longer able to keep house for themselves and Normanna was established. Draft constitution and by-laws for Association approved on May 29th. Declarants were Norwegians: some representing Sons of Norway and various churches.


Site was purchased. The mansion had been built for James Brookes whose Brookes Woodworking Co. Ltd. on 6th and 12th Avenue was one of Burnaby’s first industries.


Normanna opened in January 14th; official opening on July 18th.


The first wing addition.


The Centennial Wing addition


The Anniversary Block addition.


Minister of Health announced that 13 million dollars was allocated to Normanna to be rebuilt.


Residents (77) were placed in the 4 new pods and construction of phase two started on September 7th.


Dedication ceremony held on completion of phase two. Therapeutic garden began.


Therapeutic garden began. Dedication of garden.


Includes a number of Nordic features: Stabbur, gazebo with stave church roof, waterfall (fjord), Viking ship and a Ljoren (smokehouse). All features built by volunteers and donations. The Normanna site also includes the Shaw House (home to the first Mayor (Reeve) of Burnaby, which is a heritage house originally built in 1891. Normanna is home to 100 residents of all ethnic origins.

Board of Directors

Mr. Ron Stubbings

Vice President
Mrs. Lise Leslie

Mr. Ankur Merwaha

Mr. Christopher Hope


Mr. John Wolff

Mrs. Marie Morris

Mrs. Myrna Latval

Mr. Gurdev Jassal

Ms. Julie Carr




Leadership Team

Executive Director

Ruben Goinden

Director of Clinical Care

Ramon Castillo

Normanna  Recreation and Administration Coordinator

Sharlene Lamsen


QI and Accounting

Ramnish Kailey


Normanna Building Maintenance

Martin Lanoie