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.
Tony Holtzhausen, CFO
Tony is the Chief Financial Officer, joining the Louis Brier Home and Hospital and Weinberg Residence in May 2016. He is responsible for finance, accounting, information systems, purchasing and reception. His experience spans over twenty five years in finance, accounting and operations in both the public and private sectors. He has extensive healthcare finance experience having moved from Saskatchewan where he was the Director of Finance for the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. Tony is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Angela Millar, Executive Leader, Resident Care Services
Angela Millar brings almost three decades of healthcare experience including more than ten years of senior leadership in Residential Care. Her educational background includes an Associate of Arts degree, a Bachelors Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences (OT) as well as certificates in Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Angela’s experience in organizational change, facilitative leadership and healthcare administration as well as her commitment to quality improvement and resident and family centred care support our Mission to provide exemplary seniors care.
Florence Mwega, Executive Leader, Support Services
Florence is the Executive Leader of Resident Support Services, joining the Louis Brier Home and Hospital in September 2015. She is responsible for food services, laundry, housekeeping and building maintenance. Her experience spans over twenty years in the hospitality sector in both private and public sectors where she has successfully managed delivery of top quality support services in hospital and care facility settings in the lower mainland and overseas. Florence comes from a community nutrition background and holds a Diploma in Nutrition and a Bachelors of Technology degree in Leadership and Management (Health Option) from BCIT. She is also a member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Managers (CSNM) & the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA).
SNIDER CAMPUS RESIDENT CARE TEAM:
Rebecca Fernandez, RN, Interim Clinical Coordinator and Educator
Debbie Litvack, Social Worker, Leader of Resident and Family Relations
Debbie welcomes each resident and family upon admission and is of the first people residents get to know at Louis Brier. She also provides ongoing support to residents and families and is an expert on aging transitions and public resources. Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from York University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and has been working toward a Diploma of Gerontology from Seneca. She’s also taken courses toward her SFY Gerontology Diploma. She’s been in the profession since 1991 and has been with the Louis Brier Home & Hospital since 1997.
“Most rewarding is working in my own Jewish community ensuring that our elderly population experiences the maximum quality of life at the end of their life. I am proud that late and end of life care is offered respectfully to ensure that our residents’ physical, cognitive and, hopefully, spiritual needs are met. I especially love working as a part of a brilliant and cohesive interdisciplinary team.”
Rabbi Hillel Brody, Chaplain
Rabbi Brody provides spiritual counseling for all residents and oversees the Chava and Abrasha Wosk Synagogue. In addition to his Rabbinic Ordination, which was granted by the Rabbinical Seminary of America in Queens, NYC, Rabbi Brody holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University in Fredericton, NB. He’s been a Rabbi since 2004 and has been at Louis Brier Home & Hospital since 2009.
“You never know what type of amazing and fascinating individual you’re going to meet when you knock on a new resident’s door for the first time. I am never disappointed.”
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.”
JoAnne Fernando, Leader/Manager of the Companion Program
JoAnne works closely with residents and families and provides leadership to over 100 companions who assist our residents on site every day. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Victoria. She’s been in the profession since 2005 and has been with the Louis Brier Home & Hospital since 2009.
“Being part of the Companion Program at LBHH has been incredibly rewarding for me. Companions play an important role in the care of many of our residents. It’s wonderful to see how the individualized attention provided by a companion can greatly improve a resident’s quality of life.”