Integra College was started in 2003 under the direction of Bob Hanley and Kathy Bell with the goal of helping educated professionals find their next inspiring career in retirement.
Director of Education
Kathy Bell is Director of Education at Integra College. She holds a BA (English), a Diploma in Applied Linguistics, a MA (Curriculum), and a Certificate in Gerontology. She has over thirty years of university and college teaching, teacher training, and research experience in the fields of English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education. Kathy has given presentations on language educational topics in Canada, the US, Germany and the Netherlands.
Founder and President of Integra College
After spending more than 20 years in the real estate and investment industry, Bob Hanley shifted his career to focus on wellness and improvement of overall health. In 2003, he started a company, Wellness in Hand, dedicated to providing leading-edge education to help practitioners better serve our aging population. This career commitment and vision has continued to evolve. Hanley is now the founder and president of Integra College, an online educational institution, dedicated to innovative progressive wellness-focused programs that train advocates for seniors, to deliver respectful, intelligent and compassionate services. Integra is founded on the Age of Well-being® philosophy, which promotes prevention and overall wellness as a priority for our senior population.
About Integra College
We chose to focus on offering short training courses that would enable educated professionals to draw on their previous career skills and experience, so they could, in turn, make a meaningful impact in their communities and experience meaning and purpose in the retirement phase of their lives.
Over the last 15 years, we have evolved our course offerings to specialize in short, online training courses that will prepare educated professionals to enhance the experience of aging for seniors in their communities.
We did this for a couple of reasons:
1. It became obvious to us that governments and healthcare systems, throughout North America, were primarily focused on “illness” care for seniors. Little, if any, resources were being applied to preventative services that would empower seniors to work on their physical and cognitive health. This, in spite of an overwhelming abundance of scientific studies making the clear case for prevention.
2. The majority of our students were retired teachers, social workers, counselors, nurses, lawyers, librarians and engineers and there was a natural fit between their desire to find meaning and purpose in their retirement and their ability to draw on their career skills and experience, in service to seniors in their communities.
A win-win for everyone.
We coined the phrase The Age of Well-being®, to describe our philosophy of prevention and overall wellness as a priority for our aging population.
At Integra College we are about short course solutions to help our students make a quick transition from their previous career, to a fun and engaging activity in retirement.
Our innovative courses, such as the Clever Companion, Senior Wellness Practitioner and Quick Start Chair Massage, prepare educated professionals to gain the skills needed to become trusted advisors to their senior clients.
Integra College is committed to educating the public in the aging process and in understanding the wellness needs of seniors throughout North America.