Holiday Retirement was founded by William E. Colson, often recognized as the father of Independent Retirement Living, with his father Hugh Colson in 1971. At the time, William was operating Colson & Colson construction, specializing in building high-level care facilities for seniors ? referred to as ?nursing homes?. William and his father realized that while seniors were benefitting from the quality care they received in these facilities, they could be benefitting even more from a nurturing, community environment that met seniors? other needs: social, physical, educational and spiritual, at an affordable, all-inclusive monthly rate. They opened their first independent retirement community in Vancouver, Washington in 1971. They continued to build properties across North America, and officially formed Holiday Retirement Corp. in 1987. In 1998, Holiday celebrated the opening of its 200th community, and today there are more than 300 Holiday Retirement senior living communities across the United States and Canada, and tens of thousands of seniors are enjoying the one-of-a-kind lifestyle only Holiday can provide. Although we have grown in size, we remain true to the core values instilled by William E. Colson, and are as committed now as he was then to improving the lives of seniors.