RIVERSTONE YEARS: 10
With a bachelor of commerce specializing in hotel and food management, Mike began his career managing luxury first-class hotels. Over the next 20 years, he built on that experience, extending his expertise to include managing a range of retirement residences, as well as a variety of other innovative properties. Mike has garnered a solid reputation as a respected and ethical operator, earning top ratings from the Ontario Retirement Communities Association.
Now, as Vice-President of Riverstone Retirement Communities, Mike is excited about the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives and offer the same quality of care that his own grandmother once enjoyed. He’s proud to be managing a company that aims to be at the forefront of retirement living in the Ottawa area. It began with Oakpark, then expanded to Bridlewood Trails, Maplewood, Carlingwood and Stirling Park. But it won’t stop there; drawings and plans for future developments are on the horizon. Riverstone, like Mike, is just getting started.
RIVERSTONE YEARS: 2
Snjezana joined the Riverstone family in January of 2015. Snjezana has an excellent reputation and a wealth of experience in the Ottawa retirement industry. Over the years, she has worked in Long Term Care and Retirement Homes in different roles, such as; nursing, management, consulting and teaching. Snjezana has worked as a General Manager of couple of prominent Retirement Residences in Ottawa. She also has experience in teaching with two local colleges. Snjezana volunteers as a career mentor with Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization and is an RN certified in Gerontology. She believes in providing competent and compassionate care and services to residents through the team approach. Snjezana is excited to continue ensuring that our residents live in a supportive and safe environment that promotes independence and dignity within a continuum of care.
“My inspiration is our employees. Happy employees are those that are valued, respected and mentored on a daily basis. I believe that a strong team is a team encouraged to grow to its full potential. When all minds think alike, everything is possible. I am excited to ensure that our team is continuing to meet and exceed our residents’ satisfactions here at Maplewood.”
RIVERSTONE YEARS: 2
Beginning her career in retirement communities in 2004, Diane holds a Bachelors degree with majors in Sociology and Psychiatry. She joined the Maplewood team in October 2015; proving her commitment to Maplewood residents daily.
A proud Optimist member, she enjoys helping people and working with seniors and youth in the community. Diane's larger than life personality is projected in every encounter and we are proud to call her part of the RIverstone family.
RIVERSTONE YEARS: 2
Rosalind Gyasi holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Ryerson University and is currently undertaking her Masters of Public Health with Nursing and Gerontology specialization.
Her nursing experience spans from acute care focusing on adult and gerontology population, to long term care, correctional nursing, and education. Rosalind is very passionate about nursing and strives to provide quality care to each resident in order to make a difference in their lives.
Through compassionate care, Rosalind strives to promote ongoing education among staff members to maintain overall knowledge and to follow best practice principals in providing care to the residents.
Rosalind is excited to work with the Maplewood team to provide quality, holistic and resident centered care as well as building positive relationships with residents and their families.
RIVERSTONE YEARS: 4
Nathalie Bartlett graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BA in Social Science, with a double concentration in Leisure & Gerontology. She began her career with Maplewood Retirement Community in July 2013 and brings over 10 years of experience in her field of Recreation Program Planning for seniors in all walks of life. She truly enjoys working with seniors and strives to continue to make a positive difference in residents’ lives each and every day.
She is proud to work with an experienced Management Team who share the same values and is dedicated to quality and excellence.
“The purpose of recreation is not to pass time, but to make life.
It’s not an escape, but rather a discovery of life. “- Anon
RIVERSTONE YEARS: 4
Brenda is formally trained in Administration from Sheridan College; but much of Brenda’s experience comes from working in the retirement industry at numerous homes for over thirteen years. At fifteen, her first employment was as a Dietary Aide in Long Term Care. Over the years she has had the opportunity to work in various positions including Housekeeping, Server, Health Care Aide Receptionist, and Business & Marketing Manager. This well-rounded experience and some great mentors has provided her with knowledge of the retirement industry from every perspective.
Brenda relocated from Windsor, Ontario to Ottawa in 2010 with her family. She is thrilled to have joined Maplewood Retirement Community in July 2013 as the Office Manager. She looks forward to working with such a warm and compassionate team.
“I think working in the retirement environment is very rewarding and I love working with seniors. I believe residents deserve ample respect and dignity and I will do everything to ensure this. I am happy to get to know them and to become their friend.”
RIVERSTONE YEARS: 4
From the age of 16, Denis always knew what he wanted to do with his life. His fondest childhood memories were being in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother, where they instilled their passion for cooking in him. With 24 years of experience ranging from Ottawa’s busiest restaurants, banquet halls and golf courses, Denis now brings his passion for food as our resident Chef de cuisine.
Working at Maplewood has allowed him to use fresh, sustainable, regional products to create an innovative and memorable dining experience. He looks forward to sharing his talents and passions with you.
Growing up, Nawal spent a lot of her time in the kitchen watching her mother and her 3 older sisters cook creative and delicious dishes which fueled her passion for food and fine dining. At a young age she had found her calling in food and health, wanting to work in a family-oriented environment that is community centred; Maplewood has fulfill that dream!
Graduating from Culinary School in 2012 and the Fitness and Health Promotion Program in 2014, Nawal has an extensive background in her field with an added specialization in geriatric wellness. Always eager to learn, Nawal returned to school where she completed the Food & Nutrition Management program and most recently became a certified member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management.
She is proud to have begun her career here at Maplewood and is ready to provide an exceptional dining experience to its residents. Her compassion, drive, and outgoing personallity is evident in every resident interaction, it is her hope that every resident leaves the dining room feeling joy to their taste buds and their hearts.
RIVERSTONE YEARS: 1
Greg O’Brien began his career in Property Maintenance in Dublin, Ireland over 20 years ago, and continued on the same path when he moved to Ottawa 15 years ago. As Environmental Services Manager he is responsible for the Maintenance department, Laundry and Housekeeping. He brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise to ensure that his department’s day to day operations run smoothly and efficiently. Greg also oversees tradesmen and contractors as well as performs regular checks and repairs to maintain a safe and up to date building. Ensuring that our residents receive the highest level of service is Greg’s objective. His positive and caring attitude, along with a bit Irish charm, helps to ensure that he meets his goals