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.”
Senior Director Engagement & Accountability
Erin joins our team with a rich history of working in health care from coast to coast. She has a wide range of experience in everything from quality improvement, to risk management, public health, administration, human resources, mental health, and OH&S.
A true life-long learner, Erin holds a long list of educational achievements that will help her contribute to our work, including a Diploma of Health Services Administration, BA in Organizational Management, Masters of Business Administration, Certificate in Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration, and Graduate Certification in Evaluation.
Most recently, Erin is currently in her 3rd year of a PhD program (Doctor of Philosophy in Health Quality) focused on quality improvement at the front line level. We are thrilled that her PhD research will be centered in The Birches and Ocean View, looking at how we can empower frontline staff to implement and sustain quality improvements.
In her role as Administrator, Erin will provide strategic leadership, including leadership for quality and risk management; decision support; human and volunteer resources; research/partnerships; and medical services. Erin will also become the appointed Privacy Officer for our organization.
Erin has a passion for leadership, innovation, and quality improvement. What energizes her most is collaborating with people, and empowering them to understand, embrace, and shape their role in improving quality and creating a safety culture. She believes that resident safety cannot exist without employee safety!
“The impact and the opportunity we have in a place like this is endless,” says Erin, “There’s so much opportunity to be able to initiate change, shepherd it, be part of it, and actually see it through.”
Site Manager / Director of Care
Yvonne joins our Birches team with a rich nursing background in leadership and staff nursing roles. Her nursing career has included roles with the IWK, Dartmouth General, Twin Oaks, and Eastern Shore Memorial. Her most recent role was that of Administrative Coordinator at the Dartmouth General Hospital.
Yvonne also has many years of experience in management with a family business, having at times had up to 500 employees across Canada. While gaining this experience, she says she always knew she wanted to return to nursing, which she did in the late 2000s.
As a resident of the Eastern Shore, Yvonne is thrilled to work in and give back to her local community. Taking on this role felt natural to her, and she is driven to make The Birches an even better place to live and work for our residents and staff from the local community, and beyond!
Yvonne is a true believer in the value of palliative care, and looks forward to working with our team to offer care and support to those residents who are approaching their final days.
She already feels a sense of belonging at The Birches, and is passionate about ensuring the Birches feels like home for residents as well!
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.