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Esther Goldstein

Esther K.H. Goldstein B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW, ASA™, Certified Ashby Memory Method™ Facilitator. Owner Senioropolis Inc., Partner Lifestyle 55+ Network Inc. Lead Seniors' Consultant and Trainer for SCA Consulting Program.

Esther obtained a bachelor degree in science from the University of Toronto in 1986 and in Social Work from Ryerson University in 1990. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Esther worked as a hospital social worker in the Greater Toronto Area for 12 years, primarily with the geriatric population. A significant portion of her work involved counselling senior clients and their families about the difficult task of relocating to care homes and assisting them with the placement process. As Ontario's health care system evolved, people began turning to the private sector to care for their elderly that could not be managed at home. Information about retirement homes and many other private services was limited and hard to find so Esther created the ‘Senioropolis’ Guide and www.senioropolis.com out of a need she had for this information. Over time the book and site evolved and expanded. The publication became well-know and was often referred to as  ‘The little red book’ where users could find answers to any question they had about retirement living and many of the homes in Ontario. The book was recreated annually for 23 years. With the transition to SeniorCareAccess.com, the scope of what could be accessed online far exceeded the annual publication so the last book was produced in January 2020. In 2021, Senioropolis.com will evolve again - to a new type of information site - and the housing information it previously held, will transition completely to SeniorCareAcess.com.

Esther was a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Council (SAC) of Ontario’s Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority since the Fall of 2013. At the end of 2016, Esther was appointed Chair of SAC, a position she continued to hold through the end of 2019 when her term on the Council ended. Additionally, Esther volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Directors of The International Breastfeeding Centre in Toronto.

Esther shares her knowledge through article/blog contributions, media interviews and lectures/workshops on 'Senior Living Options' and related topics at different venues including retirement homes, community agencies and private organizations. Always an educator, she has been a social work student placement supervisor several times and has taught at University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies.. Currently, Esther is a part-time faculty member at Seneca College where she teaches the course 'The Retirement Home Industry - Overview and Skills' in the Social Service Worker Gerontology Program. 

2017 saw Esther expand Senioropolis Inc. through the development of SeniorCareAccess.com. In 2019, Esther and Paul Cutajar incorporated Lifestyle 55+ Network Inc. in order to expand the Senioropolis reach as well as to offer a new level of services to professionals and families.

 

Paul Cutajar

Paul Cutajar: MASTER-Accredited Senior Agent™ - Seniors Real Estate. Certified Executor Advisor (CEA). Certified Ashby Memory Method™ Facilitator. Partner of Lifestyle55+ Network Inc. and Pivotal Aging Innovations Inc.

After years of working in the Seniors real estate industry as an Accredited Senior Agent™ and Canada’s first MASTER Accredited Senior Agent™, Paul and his associates integrated many of the courses and programs relating to seniors in transitions into Pivotal Aging Innovations Inc. in order to offer the many services older adults require when transitioning.

With a focus on being person-centred, Pivotal offers professionals an opportunity to learn how to work with older adults. Paul is instrumental in seeking and partnering with resources that empower care providers and older adults. As such, Paul and Esther began developing the portal and services you see today as SeniorCareAccess.com.

Under the services of Pivotal Aging Innovations Inc., and Lifestyle55+ Network Inc., older adults and their families have an opportunity to access education, dementia therapy programs, consulting services, real estate, financial services, care access and unique industry programs related to the aging market. Professionals benefit from programs such as Pivotal’s W.R.A.F.T. (wounds -restraints-abuse-falls & training) program, The Accredited Senior Agent™ Training Program (seniors real estate), affiliation with the Certified Executor Advisor Network™ (CEAN), compliance programs for LTC homes, retirement housing database including the Vacancy Program and Retirement Home transition service.

SCA Consultants

 

Barb Belanger

Barb Belanger: BASc , MHSc, Human Capital Strategist (HCS) and Strategic HR Business Partner, ASA™, Certified Ashby Memory Method™ Facilitator, SCA Seniors' Consultant - Niagara, Halton and Peel Regions.

Barb has worked exclusively in the Senior Living Sector in a variety of roles including as a Dietary Manager, Executive Director and Regional Consultant in the long-term care sector. Additionally, she has worked as a Director of Learning and Development in both long-term care and retirement, as a Director of Professional Development in the retirement sector and as a Transition Consultant for seniors. 

Barb is a 'people person' with a strong sense of empathy and a desire to help others. With a focus on customer service she has assisted seniors, their families and staff working with seniors for over 20 years. She has an extensive support network having worked many different roles for many different organizations over many years.Barb is passionate about helping seniors and her goal as an SCA Consultant is to make a difference in the lives of her clients every day.

 

Christine Nicholson

Christine Nicholson: MSW, RSW, Certified Ashby Memory Method™ Facilitator, SCA Seniors' Consultant - York Region.

Christine Nicholson is a Registered Social Worker who has been a practicing counselor for over 21 years. She works with individuals, couples and families in both private practice and in a primary health care clinic setting.

She has expertise in the area of adjustment to life transitions, grief and loss, chronic conditions, mood management, interpersonal relationship conflict resolution. She has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioural and Solution Focussed therapies.

The Senior Care Access Consultant role is a natural step for Christine as she can help her clients find direction when feeling overwhelmed by issues and decisions that they are facing.  Christine enjoys the role of guide to empower seniors and their loved ones to attain their unique goals.  Her practice includes York Region, and her office is located in Newmarket Ontario.

 

Jennifer Turgeon

Jennifer Turgeon: SCA Seniors' Consultant - Northern Ontario.

Jennifer started her career as a paralegal in Northern Ontario. About 15 years ago, she decided to change careers and began working in the retirement home sector where she stayed for many years. She then moved on to work as a Care Manager for a home health care agency, working in the community, assisting seniors, their families and their loved ones, with care decisions and obtaining resources, striving to help them stay safe, healthy and happy. 

Jennifer carries the many success stories from her experience working with hundreds of families. The seniors she has worked with have taught her many life lessons, brought her tremendous happiness, some tears and so much love. She will forever be grateful to the people who have helped shape her as the compassionate and understanding professional she has become. 

Her passion for working with seniors and their families, coupled with her desire to provide them with the best unbiased solutions, has led her  work with SeniorCareAccess.  As an SCA Consultant, using her vast experience,  she is able to provide assistance to seniors and their families as they navigate various life stages and transitions. 

 

Rob Roland

Rob Roland: Broker, Master ASA, SCA Seniors' Consultant - Toronto.

Rob has worked as a Realtor and a Senior Transitions Consultant for many years. He has personally been a caregiver and support for 9 people in his immediate family, and 30% of his business life has been with seniors and their families.  Over the years Rob has crafted a client-centred focus to his work. His motto is 'it's all about you and what's best for you'. Blended with a personable consultative style he now brings his energetic leadership, experience as a businessman and entrepreneur, and a high standard of professionalism to you as an individual or your family, through his work as an SCA Consultant. He is always open to questions, none being too simple. He has amassed a network of professionals who can assist with all aspects of a transition and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience navigating the myriad of options available to seniors. He likes to say "take along a guide who has been there" and prides himself on being that 'guide' to all of his clients.

 

SCA Consultants

Vicki L. Nishihama: R.P., M.Div., SCA Seniors' Consultant - York Region.

Vicki Nishihama is a practicing Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario. She began her career in psychotherapy as a Marriage and Family Therapist after completing her Master's of Divinity at Tyndale University & Seminary in Toronto in 2009. She enjoys working with adults, couples and families at all stages of life.

One of Vicki's core beliefs is "positive change is worth the effort". With a little help, we can all learn new ways of coping; of thinking; of feeling and; of being - with ourselves and with the people we love.

The desire for positive change and personal growth has been a guiding principle for most of her life. Vicki began her career as a Research Assistant with a boutique investment firm in Toronto where she worked for over 7 years. From there she spent 5 years as a Portfolio Administrator for a large mutual fund company in Toronto . Her combined 12 years in the financial industry taught Vicki how finances impact our lives. After the birth of her children, Vicki studied nutrition, herbology and pain management for 3 years at the O.A.A.T.C.M. in Toronto. She obtained a diploma in Acupuncture and TCM and practiced Acupuncture for 10 years. She enjoyed helping people with acute and chronic conditions reduce their pain levels and regain their mobility.

Vicki believes her studies in finance, pain management, theology and psychology have uniquely equipped her to be an SCA Consultant. After all, every human being will experience some kind of physical, cognitive, emotional and/or spiritual challenges during their lifetime and she hopes that through her knowledge, experience and expertise,  she can help her senior clients and/or their families effect positive change and overcome their challenges.

 

SCA Consultants

Beth Gorchynski: B.A, M.S.A., Certified Ashby Memory Method™ Facilitator, SCA Senior Living Management Consultant, SCA Seniors' Advocacy - Calgary, Alberta.

Beth Gorchynski has over 30 years of experience in seniors' health and mental health across the continuum of care. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Psychology, a Certificate in Gerentology, and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. Beth has a passion for seniors' health and started her career working in long-term care as a Recreation Therapist. She worked with Alberta Health Services/Calgary Health Region for over 15 years in a variety of roles overseeing quality in facility care, leading strategic planning for dementia and developing new living options and programs for individuals living with mental illness. Her most rewarding roles involved working directly with family caregivers to resolve concerns in facility based care and implementing new programs to support individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.

Throughout her career Beth has had the opportunity to work across all parts of the health system as well as with community based service providers. This experience has provided her with a broad understanding of the many different services and living options available to older adults and their families. Beth is excited to bring her experience and skills to her role as an SCA Consultant and to support individuals and their families on their journey through later life.

 

SCA Consultants

Christie Holan: RN, BN, MA Leadership, SCA Seniors' Consultant - Calgary, Alberta.

Christie began her career as a registered nurse in acute care and quickly realized she had a passion for working with seniors. Christie has spent more than 20 years as a manager and director in continuing care, transition services and end-of-life care. Christie has first-hand knowledge of continuing care facility operations, as well as government funding, standards and requirements. She was a valuable contributor to the development of new complex client care programs in the Calgary area. As the Director of Transition Services, Christie was involved on a daily basis in the transition of seniors across the health care system. She has expert knowledge of capacity challenges, available services, levels of care and transition processes.

Interactions with seniors and their families inspired her to complete a Master’s degree in Leadership which included a yearlong project on improving transitions for seniors across the healthcare system. Christie has been recognized for her calm, collaborative, systems based approach with a strong focus on relationship building and communication. Her years of system navigation, client advocacy, and management of long-term care, rehabilitation and hospice facilities have well prepared her to support seniors and their families during transitions. In addition, her own family experiences with dementia, end-of-life care and housing transitions has given her deeper understanding and compassion for clients and caregivers, as she assesses situations and relationships from multiple perspectives.

 

SCA Consultants

Nancy Poole: RN, BScN, SCA Seniors' Consultant.

Nancy Poole is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University. Her career spans several decades with an extremely diverse background in nursing. Nancy has specialized in Medical/Surgical nursing care with vase experience in critical care and emergency nursing.

Nancy enjoys her career choice and has never looked back or waivered from her decision to become a nurse. Her passion for nursing affords her the opportunity to share her knowledge and experiences with others and help clients make informed decisions about their health care plan. She enjoys working as part of a team and has the ability to see a health care situation holistically, having worked in multidisciplinary settings for her entire career. 

Nancy's nursing expertise affords her the opportunity to be both an independent consultant in the Southern Ontario region, as well as the health care resource person on the SCA Consulting Team in all areas served.

 

SCA Consultants

Dawna Ramsay: Certified Ashby Memory Method™ Facilitator, SCA Seniors' Consultant - Ottawa Region.

Dawna has spent much of her career as an association management executive. With more than 30 years of experience and leadership in the health care sector, she was Executive Director of the Academy of Medicine Ottawa for 17 years and prior to that, was with the Canadian Medical Association for 14 years. 

Dawna is passionate about helping seniors and encourages activity to improve mental and physical health and wellbeing. She has done this through leading a project to reduce social isolation of seniors in Ottawa and most recently, by co-developing the Alinker Academy,  an innovative online program to help people around the world become or stay active, by supporting physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of daily living. The program includes exercise, training and yoga videos suited to individuals of all abilities and mobilities. Having an understanding of limitations due to mobility challenges and injuries enabled Dawna to create and teach a modified yoga program for the Alinker Academy.

Dawna has many years of volunteer experience, including as a sports crew member with the Invictus Games. She is a recipient of the United Way's Community Builder Award, the Ontario Medical Association's Community Service Award and has received a Medal for Significant Contribution from the Military Family Resource Centre. 

Dawna is a compassionate person who enjoys helping others. She is thankful for the opportunity to join SeniorCareAccess and direct her energy and enthusiasm toward assisting seniors and their families in her community to find solutions that will meet their individual needs and goals.

 

Denise Bedard

Denise Bedard: Phd. (c) Health Rehabilitation Sciences Health & Aging; Mhs Organization Leadership; Ba Kin

With more than three decades of experience in the care of seniors, Denise Bedard is the past Director of Dearness Home where she and her team engaged in developing a Centre of Excellence in Long Term Care, in partnership with Western University and the community. Past President of the Federal/Provincial London Region Women’s Association and presenter to the Queen’s Park Legislative Committee Hearings on Bill 140 LTCHA in 2007, Denise has received recognition from the Government of Ontario with an award for Leading Women and Building Communities. Denise’s vision of systematizing the various workable treatment techniques for seniors’ caregivers, and creating a teachable methodology for this treatment has been her life’s work. This methodology forms the backbone of Pivotal Aging Innovations. She has her Master’s in Health Studies Leadership and is working toward completing her PhD, specializing in Health and Aging, with a strong focus on People-Centred Care and Geriatrics.  Denise is also the founder of the Canadian Seniors Association.
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