Board of Directors and Management Team
Saint Luke's Place is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. The Board of twelve is comprised of a diverse group of skilled, talented and experienced community leaders who give generously of their time to attend Sub Committee and monthly Board meetings. The Chief Executive Officer and Senior Managers are responsible for the day to day operations of Saint Luke's Place and report regularly to the Board of Directors. Charitable not-for-profit Long Term Care Facilities provide public accountability as Board Members are volunteers from the community.
Current Board Member Bios
Bruce Fraser is was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors this year, having served on the board since 2012. In addition to being an active board member, Bruce is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management and holds a Professional HR certification (CHRE – Certified Human Resources Executive) this is a designation that is reserved for the HR profession’s proven, high-impact leaders—trusted advisors with breadth of knowledge, strategic orientation, ability to build business-aligned HR strategy, and who exercise significant impact and influence across their organizations.
Bruce is currently employed by Steelcraft Inc. and he has served in human resources management roles with Nestle Waters Canada, Kodiak Group Holdings, an affiliate of Williamson Dickies, Research in Motion (Blackberry) and NCR, where he began his career.
Bruce has multiple disciplines in Operations and Human Resources and brings more than 30 years of business experience to the role. He holds a diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University as well diplomas in Electronics Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Human Resource Management.
Paul O’Krafka has enjoyed a long and successful career in healthcare administration. Beginning in 1976, he spent 5 years at Saint Luke's Place; 8 years as Administrator of St. Joseph's Home in Guelph and 22 years as CEO (and full voting Board member) at St. Joseph's Villa and St. Joseph's Estates in Dundas (ending July 2010). Most recently he was CEO of St. Joseph's at Fleming in Peterborough from July 2013 through October 2014.
Paul O’Krafka joined the Board of Directors of Saint Luke's Place in 2013, where he is also an active member of the Redevelopment Committee. Paul served approximately 22 years on the Board of OANHSS and was President of that organization in 1990.
Paul is a recipient of the OANHSS Leadership Award, the Norma Rudy Award, the Service Award for Geriatric Excellence (SAGE), the Sisters of St. Joseph Mission Legacy Award and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship.
Neil Brennan joined the Board of Saint Luke's Place in 2012, and he is a Past President of our Board. His interest in Long Term Care resulted from personal experience supporting a senior relative in obtaining additional care.
Neil has almost 40 years of work experience in our Waterloo Region community, focused in management roles in Finance and Risk Management. He has previous volunteer Board experience with a Not-for-Profit Housing Corporation and a Family Crisis Shelter.
Neil has a Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario, and is a designated accountant (CPA, CA).
Anne Tinker is the Founder and Executive Director (retired) of Cambridge Shelter Corporation, a non-profit, charitable organization delivering services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Anne is Past Chair of, and has been a Board member of Saint Luke's Place for many years. She is also Board Chair of Wesley United Church, Chair of the Grand River Grant Review team of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, a member of the Board of Community Support Connections, and an active Rotarian.
In addition, she serves as a Peer Reviewer and Chair of the Standards Program for Imagine Canada. Throughout her career, Anne has worked with seniors and other vulnerable populations and has advocated to improve access to supports and services that are available in her community.
David Bowyer is an Anglican priest of nearly forty years standing. He has served parishes in Kitchener, Dover Township, Mitchell Bay, Lambeth and Delaware, most recently from 1994 to 2012 at Saint John, Cambridge. David was made a Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, London in 1994. Presently, in retirement, he continues to serve the community as the Honorary Assistant Priest at Trinity Parish, Cambridge.
Over these years he has been involved in many community organizations and presently is a Royal Canadian Legion chaplain, Cambridge Fire Department chaplain, board member of St. John Ambulance (Cambridge) and has been a member of the Board at Saint Luke's Place for several years.
As a clergyman he has always cared about the welfare of his parishioners of all ages and has, wherever he has been a pastor, been involved in the pastoral care of seniors' residences and nursing homes, conducting religious services and providing pastoral ministry. While Rector of Saint John, Cambridge the parish was responsible for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care in three local nursing homes. Being on Saint Luke's Place board allows for the opportunity to be involved in a way that assures those that live at Saint Luke's Place enjoy it as "Home".
Tina Coleman joined the Saint Luke's Place Board of Directors in 2015. She is currently a Human Resources Manager at The Home Depot and brings over a decade of specialized experience in areas such as, employee relations, policy and procedure design, performance management, legal requirements and training.
Tina is a Cambridge native who initially developed a strong appreciation for not-for-profit organizations when she completed a co-op program at Saint Luke's Place. Tina is a graduate of Conestoga College and has earned her designation as a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), accredited by the Human Resources Professional Association.
Tina enjoys volunteering in our community in a variety of ways ranging from serving on Advisory Committees and Boards, to actively beeng out in the fields coaching local youth soccer and baseball teams.
Barb Fiddler's history with Saint Luke’s Place started in 2001. Her path has led to various positions within the organization ranging from employment as Executive Director of the Foundation for 6 years, volunteer Vice Chair of the Foundation Board and currently as a member of Saint Luke’s Place Board of Directors. Barb’s enthusiasm for community and passion for vulnerable citizens fostered a career as a Registered Rehabilitation Therapist specializing in community outreach for adults experiencing brain injury and as a Community Coordinator for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Her desire to improve the lives of older persons was a natural fit for her participation at Saint Luke’s Place.
Barb graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo and a Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation degree from Mohawk College. To further compliment her studies she received her Crisis Response Certification, level 3 Behavioural Studies from McMaster and advanced Counselling Practicum from Cambridge Interfaith. Being a third generation Cambridge citizen, Barb has experienced a continuum of change in her community. Her life has been enriched professionally as Executive Coach for over 20 years with the Hespeler Figure Skating Club and personally and most importantly as a mother of 5 wonderful children. As a result she looks forward to participating in the future growth of Saint Luke’s Place.
Stan Jones, a Chatham, Ontario native attended the University of Guelph, receiving an Honours BA in Geography in 1972 and then a B.Ed from the University of Western Ontario a year later.
Stan was employed by the Waterloo Region District School Board, teaching at Galt Collegiate Institute for 14 years and a further 16 years at Southwood Secondary, retiring in June of 2003.
Stan has been a long time member of St. Andrew’s Hespeler Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder for 29 years, Board member for over 20 years and presently sits on the Operations Committee of the church. He joined the Saint Luke’s Place Board in 2009 acting as Chair the Board in 2014 and 2015.
Stan has also taken on various leadership roles with the Rotary Club of Cambridge North and as a member of the University of Waterloo Earth Science Museum Board of Directors. Stan’s civic pride was evident as he was part of a team that organized Hespeler Reunions in both 1996 and 2006, being editor of a Reunion Book for both events.
Sharon Livingstone has decades of experience in the non-profit volunteer sector, as an Executive Director, consultant, committee and board member. In the past forty years, Sharon has worked in the disability sector with families and individuals with disabilities; for the past ten years she has been involved in the gerontology sector, where her primary interest is aging with a pre-existing disability, successful aging and the development of age friendly communities. Sharon's expertise includes research, governance, risk management, evaluation, change management, policy development and strategic planning.
Sharon is Chair of the Cambridge Council on Aging, past Chair of the Cambridge Shelter, Director of the Community Foundation of Cambridge and North Dumfries, Chair of the Bereavement Working Group for Hospice Palliative Care, Waterloo Wellington, Chair of Risk Management for Family Counselling Cambridge and North Dumfries.
Sharon holds graduate degrees in Social Work, Psychology and Gerontology from McMaster University, the University of Waterloo and Guelph University.
Steve Parker joined the Board of Directors at Saint Luke’s Place in 2006. Now, a 37 year resident of Cambridge and a licensed Ontario funeral director, Steve worked in the Cambridge area as a director before joining the staff at Corbett Funeral Home shortly after it opened in 1987. After 18 years of service to that company he purchased the funeral home in 2006, becoming the owner and managing director.
More recently, in 2015, he purchased the Lounsbury Funeral Home in Cambridge (Hespeler) and continues to own and operate both funeral homes serving the residents of Cambridge in their time of need. Driven by his compassionate need to serve others and his commitment to the community, Steve is honoured to serve on the Saint Luke’s Place Board of Directors.
Steve found a home on the Board of Directors at Saint Luke’s Place and has served as chair of the finance committee and later serving a 2 year term as president of the Board. He is committed to the residents of Saint Luke’s Place in helping to ensure that it truly becomes their home rather than just a place to live.
Robert Pettitt was born in Hamilton, Ontario and is a graduate of McMaster University and the University of Toronto Law School. He practiced law in Cambridge for over 40 years, retiring at the end of 2012.
Bob has been a member of the Saint Luke's Place Board of Directors since it's inception in 1974 and is a past Chair of the Board. He presently chairs the Redevelopment Committee of the Board.
He is an active member of Wesley United Church, Cambridge where he sings in the choir and is a member of the Board of Trustees.
Bob further contributes to the Cambridge community as a member and past President of the Cambridge Kiwanis Club and a member of the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Kiwanis Non-Profit Housing Corporation.
Paul Warder joined the Board of Directors at Saint Luke’s Place in 2017. He is a Tax Director at Sun Life Financial in Waterloo and has spent 30 years in financial reporting and accounting roles.
Paul is an active member of Waterloo United Church where he is Treasurer and serves on the Ministry and Personnel, Social and Worship Committees. He was a church musician for many years, plays the organ at Doon Pioneer Village and has been music director for the the Elmira Little Theatre and the Peninsula Players.
Paul has a son who lives at the Field of Dreams, part of a community project with Elmira Community Living.
Paul has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo, a Master's degree from Wildrid Laurier University and is a designated accountant (CPA, CMA).
Current Leadership and Professional Services Team
Brian Swainson joined Saint Luke's Place in 2011, having previously held a Director role at the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. Brian is a certified Long-Term Care Home Administrator through AdvantAge Ontario (formerly the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors).
Having an extensive background in healthcare, long-term care, non-profit community services as well as strong business experience, Brian has a demonstrated commitment to person-centred care, continuous quality improvement, customer service and legislative compliance.
His commitment to community service includes having volunteered with other non-profit organizations in roles varying from board member and committee work, to front-line program client supports. Brian currently serves on several committees with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care with a focus on the Ontario Government's Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy. Brian is also a frequent guest speaker and presenter at the AdvantAge Ontario Administrator Certification Program and other sector-related education events, on topics such as: Long-Term Care Funding, Reporting Indicators for Governing Bodies, Benchmarking, and High Performance Management.
Brian has a Bachelors degree from the University of Winnipeg, a Masters degree from the University of Waterloo and he is also a designated accountant (CPA, CGA).
Taylor Gagne has been with Saint Luke’s Place since 2005, where she started as a Registered Practical Nurse, prior to becoming a Registered Nurse and Associate Director of Care II.
Taylor has a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia and a Diploma in Practical Nursing from Conestoga College. Taylor has experience in Long Term Care, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care and Geriatrics Care.
In 2017, Taylor was appointed to the position of Director of Nursing and Personal Care at Saint Luke's Place. Leading our Nursing Department, Taylor's commitment to continuous quality improvement ensures excellence in the provision of quality care to the residents we are privileged to serve.
Sandy Rayner joined Saint Luke’s Place as a Registered Nurse in 1995 as a new graduate. She started as a part-time Registered Nurse, moving to full-time night Nurse Manager, a position she held for almost 10 years.
In 2007 Sandy took on Education Coordinator responsibilities, shortly thereafter, adding all of the Infection Prevention and Control duties as well. Sandy is a certified Infection Control Practitioner having successfully completed the Non-Acute Care Infection Control Practitioner Training Course. She is committed to the highest standards of education for our staff and infection control practices for Saint Luke’s Place.
In 2013, Sandy added another role – Associate Director of Care where she remains committed to the care and safety of residents.
Sandy enjoys the challenges and demands of her work at Saint Luke’s Place and tries to balance that with volunteer commitments with her church.
Maureen Toth spent almost 20 years working in nutrition and environmental services in the Long-Term Care sector before joining Saint Luke’s Place in June of 2004.
Throughout her career, Maureen continued her education and professional development by acquiring credentials in: Food Service & Nutrition Management, Fundamental Housekeeping Methodology, Administrator Certification and Certified Nutrition Management.
With nearly 30 years experience in Long Term Care, Maureen brings many years of hands-on experience to her role. This experience, combined with the knowledge and skills she has gained over her career, enables Maureen to lead her staff in providing quality service to our residents.
Janice Lajeunesse is a native of Cambridge, Ontario and was one of the first employees of Saint Luke’s Place, joining in 1976 as a Registered Practical Nurse. Janice now serves as the Retirement Home Coordinator, over-seeing the care of our Retirement Residents as well as ensuring that the Retirement Home continues to meet all regulatory requirements. Janice is also responsible for the admission of tenants to our independent living apartments.
Janice volunteers tirelessly in the Cambridge community and donates many hours of her time to the events and activities at Saint Luke’s Place.
Tanya Wilson is the Director of Finance and Corporate Services, having joined Saint Luke’s Place in 2013. Prior to this, she worked at the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network as the Manager, Finance and Allocation.
Through her work at another not-for-profit health and social services organization and the public school board, Tanya has gained valuable business and financial experience which she draws on daily.
Tanya enjoys working at Saint Luke’s Place and embraces both the challenges and rewards of her role.
Jason Murray, Director of Human Resources, joined Saint Luke’s Place in 2014, having previously been involved with human resources in a variety of industry settings.
Jason is a Certified Human Resources Professional and a Level 2 Certified Health and Safety Representative with a Master’s Degree from York University.
With a background in education and training, financial services, health and safety and labour relations, Jason brings a fresh perspective to Saint Luke’s Place human resource management.
Jason thrives on challenge and opportunity; is committed to continuous improvement through training; and believes strongly in the empowerment of employees to enable them to provide the highest level of resident-centered care.
Staci Bartlett joined Saint Luke's Place in 2017 in the role of Operations Director, assuming project management responsibilities for the Saint Luke’s Place Long-Term Care Redevelopment Project.
Prior to this role she was one of the original staff at the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network in the role of Business Manager. In her role at the LHIN, Staci was involved with policy development, procurement, human resources, information technology, privacy champion, and contracts and records management. Staci was also involved in numerous pan-LHIN initiatives and projects, working very closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and many Health Service Providers in the Waterloo Wellington area. Staci also has a long history of working with not-for-profit organizations in Waterloo Wellington.
As our Long-Term Care Redevelopment Project continues its exciting journey, Staci’s collaborative hands-on experience with the LHINs, the MOHLTC and other healthcare providers in this region is invaluable to our team. In her new role, Staci will be working closely with all stakeholders to redevelop and revitalize our Long-Term Care Home to meet the needs of our residents and our community for generations to come. Staci’s overall responsibilities will also include related operational duties to ensure alignment and synergies between operations and project strategy.
Staci has been a resident of the tri-cities for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a diploma in Human Resource Management from Conestoga College. In her free time she loves the water, travelling and exploring with her daughter and her dog.
Alison has a long history with the Cambridge area, growing up in Beaverdale and Hespeler. She began her involvement with Saint Luke’s Place as a teenager, volunteering in both the Long Term Care Home and Retirement Residence.
Alison attended Humber College to study Travel and Tourism, but her love and respect for seniors and her interest in gerontology took her to Conestoga College to obtain her diploma in the Recreation Leadership Program.
Having worked in the Recreation field for several years before taking time off to start her family, Alison came to Saint Luke’s Place in 2001 as Retirement Recreation Coordinator. Through her caring nature, her dedication to seniors' wellness and her passion for serving the community, Alison has endeared herself to residents and family members alike.
Alison and her family have a history of involvement in local sports, such as the Cambridge Rivulettes Women’s Jr. Hockey Team and other local hockey and baseball teams. Her family connections go back as far as the original Hespeler Arena.
In 2016 Alison accepted the Role of Director of Donor Relations and Fund Development with Saint Luke’s Place Foundation. Alison recently completed the Advanced Canadian Gift Planning Program through the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP). Alison is an enthusiastic and dedicated team member who volunteers many hours to Saint Luke’s Place events that directly benefit our residents and Foundation. Alison has also served on the Age Friendly Committee of the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries.
Alison welcomes you to contact her to discuss how you may wish to show your support for Saint Luke’s Place Foundation, Saint Luke’s Place, and the Saint Luke’s Place Long-Term Care Redevelopment Project.
Krista has been providing recreational and social programming for the residents of Saint Luke's Place since 2004.
Krista has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo, specializing in Therapeutic Recreation and Gerontology. Prior to joining the Saint Luke's Place team, Krista worked with the Seniors' Day Program in Elmira and New Hamburg.
Krista wanted a way to offer her creativity and love for horticulture to others. It was through her work with seniors that she discovered she could share these passions and, at the same time, help to provide an excellent quality of life to those living in Long Term Care.
In 2017, Krista was appointed to the position of Activation Manager, leading the Long Term Care Activation Team at Saint Luke's Place. Krista and her team are excited to develop and offer a diverse activation program to enrich the lives of the residents we are privileged to serve.
Sandra has worked at Saint Luke’s Place for 20 years. Sandra provides administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors.
Over the years, Sandra has also become increasingly involved in managing the organizational Information Technology systems and infrastructure, assisting with advancements in computerization of the Administrative and Nursing areas.
Before joining Saint Luke’s Place, Sandra worked at the National Offices of the United Church of Canada in their Division of Communication. There she was active in radio and television production. Sandra’s career then lead to the Advertising department of a large pharmaceutical company.
It was then that she took the opportunity to join Saint Luke’s Place, drawn to the sense of community. Through her extensive experience with administration, technology and communications, and her commitment to the mission of Saint Luke’s Place, Sandra is a valued and respected executive support to the organization.
Sandra has a degree in English and Communications from York University in Toronto.
Eric joined Saint Luke's Place in 2017 as the Manager of Maintenance Services, bringing with him extensive experience in maintenance, residential property management and manufacturing.
Eric's experience illustrates his organizational and communication skills which compliment his hands-on leadership abilities. His excellent interpersonal skills make him an effective mentor while contributing as a strong team member. Eric is committed to serving the needs of our residents and tenants with a focus on excellence in customer service.
Eric is an avid outdoorsman spending his leisure hours fishing, boating, hiking and biking.
Susan has spent the last 28 years working in Long Term Care and Retirement, devoting much of her working career to serving the needs of seniors.
Before joining Saint Luke’s Place in September 2014, Susan worked in different capacities in healthcare from Housekeeping, Laundry and most recently Foodservices.
Susan continued her education and professional advancement becoming a Certified Food Service and Nutrition Manager in 2013.
Susan brings many years of practical, hands-on experience to her role, and she has established strong relationships with residents, staff and management for her demonstrated dedication to the Saint Luke’s Place community.
Dr. Jay Baker, Medical Director & Home Physician
Dr. Craig Albrecht, Home Physician
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