Meet the Team at Louis Brier
Our commitment to exemplary care allows us to attract — and retain — some of BC’s best and brightest eldercare professionals. Though we each bring our unique strengths to the Louis Brier Home & Hospital, we’re united by our commitment to delivering excellent, professional service.
SNIDER CAMPUS MANAGEMENT TEAM:
David Keselman, CEO
David brings over 20 years leadership experience in executive roles held in Ontario and the Northwest Territories, most recently as the Vice President, Patient Services at Stanton Territorial Health Authority in Yellowknife and prior to that, as the Executive Director of the Toronto, York, Peel, and Barrie sites of the Victorian Order of Nurses. His educational background includes a Doctor of Health Administration from the Central Michigan University, a Masters of Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours) from the University of Toronto. David has a broad background in innovation, leading clinical operations, and implementing quality initiatives. David is also a surveyor with Accreditation Canada and an Associate Instructor in both the Ryerson University School of Nursing, and the faculty of Health Studies at Athabasca University.
Carol Bucknor, BScN, RN, MHA(c), Executive Director, Resident Services and Inter-professional Practice
Carol Bucknor has dedicated almost 30 years to health care, she has worked in a variety of settings such as acute care, academia, community care, and remote northern communities prior to coming to Louis Brier Home and Hospital. She has lead many initiatives over the years, most recently the building of a one of a kind in Canada Air Ambulance program that includes on the ground support to clinicians. She hopes to utilize the skills, training and experience that she has developed over to the years at Louis Brier as Louis Brier works to becoming an organization of excellence.
Loren Tisdelle, CPHR, Director, Human Resources
Loren is a Chartered Professional in Human Resource (CPHR) and joined Louis Brier Home and Hospital in March 2018. He comes with ten years of leadership experience in the healthcare field. Loren has extensive experience with labour and employee relations, collective agreements, change management, talent management and accreditation. Loren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and an Improving Human Performance Certificate from the Association for Talen Development. Loren has a passion for leveraging the power of human resources to support resident and family centred care and to promote our Mission, Vision, and Values.
Ben Crocker, Director, Finance
Description to come.
Emma Brennan, Executive Assistant to CEO and Board of Directors
Emma joined the team in January 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors. With almost ten years of administrative experience in government and the private and public heath care sector, Emma has a proven track record of senior-level executive support, management, and training. She has a strong ability to streamline processes, maximize efficiency, and foster professional relationships within organizations. Emma’s philosophy centers around what role she can play in helping others find solutions while remaining committed to excellence in service. She predicts need and always practices personal accountability in the workplace.
Melissa Tadeson, Manager, Housekeeping & Laundry Services
Melissa Tadeson joined Louis Brier Home and Hospital in Nov. 2011. Melissa has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry having managed housekeeping services at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the Hilton Vancouver Airport and the Marriott Hotels. Melissa holds a Diploma in Business Management, a Certificate in Effective Management, and has taken a course on Guidelines for New Managers at the UBC Sauder School of Business.
“My passion for cleaning, interest in environmental sanitation, and my love for the elderly inspires me to come to work every day. It is rewarding to have a great housekeeping and laundry team who supports and makes the residents feel at home”.
Michael Lackner, Manager, Food Services
Michael Lackner is a classically trained Red Seal Chef who joined Louis Brier with over 25 years of culinary experience. He has led teams at boutique hotels and restaurants, as well as national upscale restaurant brands before finding his niche in healthcare. Recently, his role was to lead menu development and food service at 28 health care and long-term care sites in BC. Michael is passionate about improving the quality of life for both patients and his colleagues. Food tastes better when it is made with care, and he strives to role model positivity to bring out the best in people and empower his teams to achieve excellence.
Michael loves food of all kinds and cuisines but has a particular interest in healthy foods as preventive medicine. That said, he also appreciates a really great burger! He believes that in healthcare particularly, there should always be emphasis on fresh, quality ingredients and maximizing the pleasure of eating for everyone. Food should not only nourish the body: when done right, it can also nourish the soul.
Gurdip Badhan, Assistant Food Service Manager
I have always been passionate about food and I could only see myself having a career in food services. When I completed my culinary arts program in 2012 I was offered the cook position at BC Children’s Hospital and have been working in health care since. In 2015 I moved to Hawthorne care Center for the next 3 years of the m career. During my time at Hawthorne I had the opportunity to develop menus and utilizing my skills in different aspects. This experience inspired me to go back to school to further my career in food services. I am currently enrolled in the Nutrition and Food service Management program at Langara Collage and will receive my CSNM upon graduation.
Lunadel Daclan, Infection Control Practitioner
Lunadel joined Louis Brier Home and Hospital in August 2017 when the Infection Control Practitioner position was newly created. Her role is to plan, develop, implement, manage and evaluate infection prevention and control programs with the intent of minimizing the risk of infectious disease for residents, staff, family members, companions, volunteers, and visitors. She acts as a liaison between LBHH and Vancouver Coastal Health regarding infection prevention and control guidelines and also in cases of infectious disease outbreaks. Lunadel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technology. She has extensive experience in planning, leading, organizing and evaluating quality and improvement programs in private sectors.
“Being able to contribute to improving the quality of life of our residents by doing our best to prevent the development of new infections and prevent the transmission of existing infections between residents, staff, family members, companions, volunteers and visitors gives me much joy, fulfillment and purpose.”
Sonia Cinti, Manager Human Resources
Sonia joined Louis Brier Home and Hospital and Weinberg Residence in March 2017 when the newly created position was implemented. Sonia brings decades of hands-on Healthcare experience in both Acute and Long Term Care. Through continuing education, her experience includes full cycle recruitment, and most recently she is managing Labour Relations, Disability Management, Attendance/Wellness, and Occupational Health and Safety.
Alex (Vlad) Portnik, RN, Nurse Manager
Alex joined Louis Brier Home and Hospital/ Weinberg Residence as Clinical Nurse Educator in September 2017. His educational background includes Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He prides himself on his positive energy, teamwork and love of education. He has a diverse clinical nursing background that is critical to care team success and resident well-being. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings with varying levels of acuity and specialization, including endoscopy, chemotherapy, cardiac diagnostics, dialysis, medicine and surgery. His diverse background and resourcefulness provide a unique perspective with which to develop focused education and continuous quality improvement for Louis Brier staff.
“My philosophy and approach to learning and teaching is if you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L means “First Attempt In Learning”.
Nicole Encarnacion, RN, Nurse Manager
Nicole is incredibly honored to be working with an amazing team of diverse and compassionate individuals. Her background in acute care spans for more than 10 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Nursing.
Nicole is passionate about leading by example and building trust by being authentic and transparent with her leaders, peers and team. She holds herself accountable to the same expectations she holds for her team as her guiding philosophy. She is a self-starter and always strives to approach life positively.
Edy Govorchin, Leader of Recreation, Culture, Music Therapy and Volunteer Coordination
Edy leads a broad expanse of recreational and cultural programming with a team of very dedicated professionals, including recreational therapists, music therapists, art therapists and activity program coordinators. She also oversees a department of 300 volunteers who provide additional services for our residents. Edy trained as a Recreation Therapist at Douglas College and is a Certified Practitioner in Dementia Care Mapping, certified through the University of Bradford. She’s been in the profession since 1995 and has been with the Louis Brier Home & Hospital since 2001.
“I am delighted to be working with a wonderful team of seven incredibly gifted and creative individuals. What I love most about my work here is being able to create and offer leisure and recreational opportunities for the older adult. Offering opportunities for residents to explore, learn, create and engage in meaningful activities makes my job not only rewarding, but fun.”
Laurie Moore, Physiotherapist, Leader of Rehabilitation Services
Leading a team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation assistants, Laurie ensures that residents maximize mobility, strength and balance and reduce their risk of falls. Laurie holds a BSc(PT) from Queens University and has been in the field since 1981. She’s been with the Louis Brier Home & Hospital since 2011.
“Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to care for our seniors. I really appreciate how the care team and staff at LBHH work together so cohesively and with so much caring to look after the residents.”