Calvin Diekmann - Senior Executive Director - Goldfinch Estates
May 26, 2015
Cal first started with Vista Prairie Communities in 2003 at Goldfinch Estates at our Fairmont Minnesota facility, in their Memory Care unit. In 2012, Cal moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon Iowa as the Executive Director. Recently, Cal has accepted the position as the Regional Director of both the Iowa communities, and as the Executive Director of Goldfinch Estates. Prior to joining Vista Prairie Communities, Cal worked in Mental Health for 20 years and found he most enjoyed working with senior citizens.
The job of Executive Director keeps Cal very busy but he still finds time to stop and visit with residents and staff. One of the most enjoyable parts of Cal’s job is giving tours to potential residents. “I get to show off our community and staff”.
Cal earned his Validation Teaching Certificate in 2010. One of his goals for Vista Prairie Communities is an expansion of the Memory Care program to include a Validation Training Program for staff and families. Cal has been an Alzheimers Support Group Facilitator for over 10 years and has also mentored Adults with Mental Health Challenges for the past 20 years. In 2007, Cal was given the Caregiver of the Year Award at the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance Convention in Minneapolis.
When Cal is not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting zoos, watching movies and cooking fun meals. “Goldfinch Estates is my family. I am very lucky to work with such a great team. The residents and staff are a huge blessing for VPC.”