About Us

The Hamlets at Duncan

The Hamlets at Duncan is a unique independent-living space that offers a connection with nature that few have experienced. Thanks to our wonderful location, we have worked closely with the Sonemos Conservation Area to create a layout for our home that is inviting and authentic. We have drawn upon the outdoors and styled our facility in a way that encourages “bringing the outside in” and having a close connection with the nearby land.

To build the right home for our residents, we needed to make sure we related to our surroundings. When people see The Hamlets at Duncan, they are mesmerized by the backdrop of the Somenos Conservation Area. We are situated in a location that provides ample ways to experience nature and we have done our best to incorporate them into our home.

This connection with nature continually pays dividends for our residents. There are several secure outdoor spaces within walking distance of our community. Moreover, the nearby Sonemos Area is teeming with animals to marvel at. Spending time in the Sonemos area is a great way to connect with nature and de-stress. As you walk, you will be accompanied by a splendid view of Mount Prevost in the background.

The Hamlets at Duncan will continue to focus on sustainable practices and working with the conservatory to ensure the best possible experience for our residents. Our property is constantly adding green spaces and our activity calendar usually has ways for our residents to get involved and help!

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, are the focus of all our endeavours.

Our Values

Respect You

We actively listen to provide a dignified and welcoming home where everyone feels comfortable and supported to live their best life.

Uphold Your Dignity

We respect what you say and support your right to make choices yourself.

Work Together

We work with one another to create an empowering, inviting, and person-centred home, uplifted by the diversity we create as a community.

Do The Right Thing

We are passionate about doing ‘right by you’ every day.

Join Us

Do you share Optima Living’s vision for the future of senior communities? We would love for you to join us!

Our Roots (Karim, Farid and Ali)

Our Story

Our Roots

Optima Living took root in 2007, when our founders Karim Kassam and Farid F. Damji, two friends who loved and cared for the seniors in their lives, crossed paths while working at the provincial health authority. They began dreaming of a way to welcome other seniors into a different circle of care, one that truly honoured their own parents and grandparents, who had served as such sources of inspiration. Discovering their shared desire to give back to their community and shared passion for improving seniors’ well-being, Karim and Farid were soon jotting ideas on a restaurant napkin. These ideas evolved into Optima Living and inspired the logo you see here, with its joyful person under a sheltering roof.  In 2015, Ali Shivji joined the Optima family as Principal. As part of this added capacity, the principals focused their efforts to grow in the Alberta market and increasingly investing in new innovations and developments.

Our North Star

Since then, our co-founders’ vision of a truly homelike place for seniors has grown into more than a dozen Optima Living communities serving hundreds of seniors and their families across Alberta and BC. At every decision-point and in every community, our North Star is this: Let us welcome you home. Home, where you’re safe. Home, where you’re respected. Home, where your voice is heard, your views matter, and you have freedom of choice. 

Let us welcome you home: It’s our invitation to you. And it’s our North Star, guiding everything we do.  

Our Grounding Principles

Optima’s mission, vision, and values support and point to this North Star.     

Our mission: to provide an intimate, home-style living for seniors. You are the focus of everything we do.

Our vision: every person living in our communities feels at home. Here, you experience the best quality of life possible, and your voice is heard. 

Our core values: 
• We promise to respect you
• We promise to uphold your dignity
• We promise to work together with you and your persons of choice
• We promise to do the right thing

It’s All About You

Three key ingredients breathe life into our principles: people, place and community. At Optima Living, you’re surrounded by people who welcome you warmly and become your neighbours, friends and care partners. You’re in a place that feels like home, with opportunities to fill your days as you see fit and freedom to explore the neighbourhood. You’re an important part of a vibrant community, engaging in your choice of activities and living with purpose. 

Our Chosen Privilege

At Optima Living, we are always on a mission to improve—to learn more about what it means for seniors to be at home in our communities. We reach out to knowledge leaders and community partners who help us offer all the ingredients for healthy, active and fulfilling days. We use our expertise and what we learn from knowledge partners, including the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba, to incorporate the latest research into your care and advocate for your well-being as needs arise. 

Everyone at Optima Living understands the honour and responsibility that comes with serving seniors and their families. Our chosen privilege is to offer not just care but also peace of mind—to “walk with” rather than merely “do for” the seniors who live with us. Whatever your journey, when you join an Optima Living community, you’ve come home.

“We are absolutely committed to making a positive difference in the lives of seniors. For us, that’s the most meaningful work we can do. We believe that if we do right by seniors, then everything else will fall into place.” – Farid F. Damji

Experience The Hamlets at Duncan today!

5950 York Road, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 4Y2

250-597-7995

duncan@optimaliving.ca
The Hamlets at Duncan. Independent-Living Space