Photos Courtesy of the Town of Devon.
Upstream from Edmonton, the North Saskatchewan River curls around the Town of Devon’s northern boundary, and the forested river valley stretches on from its genesis in the Canadian Rockies until it finds Hudson Bay. Located just 26 kilometres southwest of Edmonton, Devon is a welcoming community of approximately 6,600 people (2016 census).
Originally built as a work camp for Imperial Oil employees when the famous Leduc No. 1 Oil Well was discovered, Devon was the first Canadian community to be approved by a regional planning commission, and remains to this day a community that prides itself on being a healthy, active, sustainable, and inclusive place to live.
Located close to major highways and rail routes, Devon is also only a 30 minute drive to the Edmonton International Airport. Wherever you’re travelling for work or play within the Edmonton region or beyond, you can easily be on your way in rain, shine, or snow. While the oil industry is still a major player in the local economy, residents can also find employment in fields such as tourism, manufacturing, and research, as well as essential services like healthcare.
Growing families have access to five different schools that include public and Catholic elementary, middle school, and high schools, as well as the Devon Christian School. Devon’s recreational facilities include numerous parks and playgrounds, and indoor and outdoor recreation spaces for all kinds of sports and activities. Cycling is popular here, with a good network of paved country roads, unpaved trails for mountain bikers, and a mountain bike skills park. Whether you like team sports, horseback riding lessons, drama, or dance, there’s always something to do.
The river valley is another big draw, with many taking to the river for recreational boating, canoeing or kayaking, or to simply float downstream on a lazy summer day. Shalom Park on the North Saskatchewan River is an excellent spot for water skiers to practice their skills. There’s also a spot for gold panning!
Devon maintains a full calendar of community events for all ages. Don’t miss the Devon Days celebration, held every year at the end of May. You can buy tickets for community banquets and celebrations, or take advantage of drop-in activities that include badminton, line dancing, or games nights. Shop for locally-produced food and other goods at the Devon Farmers Market.
The Devon General Hospital provides a full range of healthcare services. With 24-hour emergency services, the facility features seven emergency room beds, 10 acute care beds, and 14 long term care beds, plus a negative pressure room. Other services include public health, diabetic clinics, IV therapy clinics, mental health, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, and speech language pathology. Home care services are also based out of this facility.
Staff at Devon General Hospital are tight-knit and highly collaborative – a warm, welcoming “work family.” In Devon, birthdays are remembered, and there are regular staff appreciation lunches. An annual Christmas lunch caps off the year’s social events.
Teamwork is a core value that this facility runs on. All staff members are treated as equally-important parts of the healthcare team and essential to the overall patient experience.
From frontline healthcare workers to members of the hospital foundation, staff are personally invested in the success of the hospital and the patient-first mentality. Some foundation members even go above and beyond to bring in small personal touches that make patients and residents feel more at home. Devon is also part of the Suburban Hospitals Edmonton Zone, which enables the team to connect and collaborate with other healthcare professionals and interdisciplinary teams from six other sites in the Edmonton area.
You will find plenty of opportunities for professional development. There’s an onsite clinical nurse educator and a wide variety of courses and training opportunities through AHS. Each spring, nursing staff attend annual education and skills days, which cover a range of relevant topics. You’ll have the opportunity to work with a vast array of patients and practice in various areas, from trauma or acute care to long term care.
Find your healthy work/life balance in the AHS community and the community at large in Devon, Alberta. Whether it’s the professional benefits or the outstanding lifestyle, there’s something for everyone. Learn more by visiting the community’s website, Facebook or Twitter pages.
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