- Michelle Karker
Michelle Karker, joined The Elliott Community in May 2018. Prior to joining The Elliott Community, Michelle was the Executive Director of the East Wellington Family Health team where she was responsible for the development of a new community health organization where she was directly involved in the planning, funding, design and construction of two new medical clinics involving public/private partnerships. Michelle has worked in a variety of leadership roles within the health system, non-profit sector and private sector.
Michelle is an active leader within the health care system and has been involved with a number of health system initiatives. Currently, Michelle is a Board of Director for Hospice Wellington and Chair of their Quality Improvement committee and was appointed in 2015 to the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) where members advise Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in their efforts to improve the quality of cancer care in the province. Most recently, she was the Secretary and Treasurer for the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario and has also been involved in a variety of regional health system initiatives where she has developed and overseen innovative partnerships with other organizations to fund and deliver new health and community care services to residents, patients and their families.
Michelle is honoured to be joining The Elliott Community as their new CEO. A key focus for her will be to get to know the residents, staff and volunteers while partnering with the Board of Trustees to ensure The Elliott Community continues to be a strong, sustainable, resident focused organization that grows to meet the needs of its entire community for years to come. She looks forward to building these relationships along with partnering with the City of Guelph, WWLHIN and a variety of community and health agencies as staff continue to work together to meet the needs of those who call The Elliott Community home.
- Marta Braga
Marta Braga, Director of Recreation and Volunteer Services: Marta joined The Elliott Community in July of 2011 and brought with her over a decade of Senior Management and Recreation experience including expertise in both the Retirement and Long-term Care settings.
Marta’s passion for the elderly started at a very young age. She started volunteering with the senior population as a young child and continued to do so into adulthood. Marta particularly enjoys the time she spends at local elementary schools, where she enlightens young children about the joys and pleasures of growing older.
Enriching one’s life has always been and continues to be a primary focus in her professional career as well as her personal life.
- Dean Broughton
Dean Broughton, Director of Environmental Services: Dean was hired to this position in 2006, after having worked in the Long Term Care ‘for profit’ sector with Leisureworld Caregiving Centres for 6 years. Dean worked in a number of fields from Emergency Services to mining before returning to school in the mechanical field.
Dean feels a sense of worth to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our residents. The health care sector has a unique workforce that prides itself in caring for people.
- Mark Coburn
Mark Coburn, Director of Finance: Mark joined The Elliott Community in 2015. Mark has over a decade of experience in healthcare, previously working with St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph, Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, and Health Canada in Ottawa. Mark is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and also has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.
- Pauline Conte
Pauline Conte, Director of Dietary Services: Pauline started her career with The Elliott Community in 1985 as a summer student and accepted a full time position as Assistant Cook after six weeks of employment. In 1993 the position of Head Cook became available and she accepted this new challenge and progressed to a Certified Cook in 1995. Pauline continued her education and professional advancement becoming a Certified Food and Nutrition Manager in 2003. Pauline brings many years of practical, hands on experience to her role and has gained the respect of residents, staff and management for her dedication to The Elliott Community.
- Sherri Enns
Sherri Enns, Administrator - Long-Term Care: Sherri joined The Elliott Community as a Registered Nurse in 1988. In 2014, Sherri was appointed to the position of Administrator - Long-Term Care enabling her to transcend her DOC and Nursing roles and contribute to our resident’s quality of life in a leadership capacity. Sherri coordinates daily with community agencies, families, residents and our staff of care professionals to make sure that everyday is a meaningful day for our residents. Sherri’s dedication to excellence and intrinsic desire to ‘make a difference’ is evidenced in the passion she brings to her role. While our Elliott Community residents benefit most from Sherri’s expertise, we also proudly acknowledge her contributions to The Coping Centre and Guelph’s Hope House, where she helps families and individuals during some of the most challenging times of their lives.
- Paula Lannutti
Paula Lannutti, Director of Care - Retirement: Paula has been working at The Elliott Community in Retirement since graduating college in 1992. Paula started working at The Elliott Community- Retirement Suites as a staff nurse in the Ellington and was appointed to the role of Director in 2007. Paula has been Gerontological Nurse Certified for over 10 years and has treasured her time working closely with the senior community. Before starting work at The Elliott Community, Paula worked as a community nurse with Comcare.
Some other ways Paula has served her community:
- Volunteer for Parent Council of St Francis of Assisi Catholic School
- Captain of the Relay for Life Team for the Canadian Cancer Society
- Volunteer for Guelph Minor Baseball Association-team nurse
- Heather Van Cauwenberghe
Heather Van Cauwenberghe, Director of Care - Long-Term Care: Heather has had the pleasure of working with seniors for the past 21 years. Prior to joining The Elliott Community team she worked as the Director of Retirement and General Manager of a Retirement and Long-Term Care Community. Heather's main role is to maintain the highest standards of care for our residents and to provide leadership to our nursing department.
- Tanya Watton
Tanya Watton, Director of Human Resources: Tanya joined the Community in 2008. Prior to joining The Elliott Community, Tanya worked as Director of HR for two multi-national manufacturing firms and was a faculty member within the HR Program at Sheridan College.
In 2009, Tanya was one of the first in the province to receive the prestigious Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) designation, which is bestowed to select Certified Human Resources Professionals (CHRP) who fulfil the stringent evaluation criteria developed by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) inter-provincial taskforce. Tanya is an active volunteer who mentors young professionals; in 2010 Tanya was asked to join HRPAO’s Assessment Committee as a panelist for CHRE candidate evaluations, helping to shape the profession’s strategic future.
Tanya would say that The Elliott Community has become an important part of her own personal family. Tanya often involves her children in resident visits and festive events; spending Christmas Day with the residents has become a much enjoyed mother/daughter tradition!