B.Sc DHSA MHSA
After working in mental health services for many years in a variety of frontline and management roles, Dion became President & CEO of Ocean View in 2002, and in 2018 took on the leadership of the enhanced partnership between the Birches Nursing Home and Ocean View.
He has now worked in Nova Scotia’s health system for nearly 30 years. In 2007, he was appointed to Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Health Professions (Health Administration) and teaches a variety of courses for undergraduate and graduate students. He is also a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada, traveling throughout Canada to support healthcare organizations on the journey to a safer and better system of services.
Dion believes in fostering open and positive working relationships at all levels of the organization, as well as within the community, and being the champion for quality care and services. Dion’s passion for the values of both The Birches and Ocean View are what he believes to be the cornerstone of the work. Ask what the values mean to him and he’ll tell you: “They are innate to me. They fit perfectly with who I am and how I want to live. I treat every client, volunteer and employee like they are my family. They are important to me and I need them to understand that I will work hard to make life better for those we are privileged to serve.”
Facility Supports Manager
Leanne brings a wealth of experience to her role. With extensive experience working in oil & gas, she has truly done a little bit of everything in her career. Having grown up on the Eastern Shore and lived in nearby Ostrea Lake for the more than 20 years, she is excited to bring her broad experience to the Birches team.
Leanne believes when you hand people possibilities, they do amazing things! She uses this philosophy in her day-to-day work to enrich the lives of our staff and residents!
Director of Finance
With his CPA designation for more than 25 years, Steve brings senior management and financial experience from several industries to our team, including public accounting, cooperatives, owner-manager businesses, as well as government organizations. Steve also brings to the table the ability to streamline processes, manage costs, prepare budgets and cash flow, and explore and evaluate new opportunities and systems.
Steve's team assists residents and their families with financial responsibilities while ensuring the organizations effectively uses and has financial resources to carry out its work towards its goals and in line with its values. Along with his team, Steve is very innovative and proactively looks to find new solutions, processes and resources to grow the organization.