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.”
Angela joins The Birches and Ocean View teams with over 17 years of experience in Long Term Care. She built her career through successive management positions centred on quality, planning, and risk management at Saint Vincent's Nursing Home, eventually leading the organization as Executive Director.
She holds a master's in health services administration from Dalhousie University, regularly participating in professional development opportunities, including completing a certificate in Health Care Law.
With her wealth of leadership experience, her role at TBNH and OV supports the Board of Directors and oversees the operations of both homes. Through collaborating with residents, staff, and the leadership team, Angela leads the implementation of the strategic plan and the accreditation process. She prioritizes the homes’ resident and family-focused approach while meeting the external standards and legislative requirements for long-term care homes.
As the treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Nursing Homes of Nova Scotia Association (NHNSA), she provides governance and stewardship for the organization. As a member, she provides direct feedback on government policy and sector issues, sharing the perspectives of TBNH and OV through sharing best practices and participating in educational and networking opportunities.
“It is an exciting time for long-term care; changes are improving the sector and the lives of those we serve. Ensuring the decision makers and the government hear the voices of Ocean View and The Birches and continuing to build on the reputation of both homes in the community are some of my priorities.”
Senior Director Long Term Care
Martha is a Registered Nurse with 35 years of valuable experience, including senior leadership experience in the Nova Scotia Health Authority; site leadership experience in the Nova Scotia Health Authority; and various management roles with the former Cape Breton Health Authority. Martha also has valuable experience as an instructor in hospital based School of Nursing.
Previous to taking on this important role, Martha also worked with our team as Director of Care for The Birches providing guidance and leadership to the team.
Martha is passionate about quality, and supporting teams to live to best practice in their work!
Lyndsey attended Dalhousie University where she obtained her BScN to become a Registered Nurse. Before joining The Birches Nursing Home, she worked in various healthcare roles both in the community and in the hospital since 2009 and brings this experience with her to our team. She is passionate about continuing education to build on her nursing practice and leadership and regularly seeks out professional development opportunities.
Lyndsey is dedicated to providing resident and family centred care to those who live at The Birches and continuously seeks ways to optimize care. In her role as Nurse Manager, she provides support and leadership to the nursing team including CCAs, LPNs and RNs.
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.
Director of Life Enrichment
Suzanne Wamboldt provides leadership in a newly-established role as the Director of Life Enrichment. She oversees committed teams that enrich residents lives at the Birches and Ocean View including the Client Engagement Leader, Music Facilitator, Therapeutic Recreation, Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy. She also chairs the Spiritual Care, Falls Prevention and Safe Resident Handling Committees.
Prior to beginning this role in January 2023, Suzanne has nearly 30 years of experience as a Physiotherapist, including at Ocean View and the Birches. She has a breadth of clinical and managerial experience in public and private healthcare in Canada and the USA, seniors home care, and disability management.
Suzanne has the benefit of working alongside her team in direct resident care and observes meaningful interactions in long term care as well appreciates where challenges exist. Suzanne strives to focus on processes that create efficiencies; allowing her team and all staff more time to serve residents. She strongly believes in taking the time to listen and understand residents’ life stories and how past experiences impact their behaviour and preferences when living at our homes.
Suzanne feels The Birches and Ocean View Life Enrichment team has the compassion, dedication, skills and critical thinking to provide exceptional resident-centered care.
Director Quality and Risk
Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Francis Xavier University and has gained a wealth of experience in the field of quality improvement over her 35-year nursing career. Beginning in acute care, she moved into long term care early on and has held many positions in various long term care settings both large and small from a unit charge nurse to educator, human resource coordinator, and most recently as an administrator.
Tracy also has experience outside of the healthcare setting as an occupational health nurse in an organization of over 5,000 employees.
Tracy returned to The Birches and Ocean View in 2021 after previously working for Ocean View from 1998-2004, to assume the role of Director, Quality and Risk. As a lifelong learner, she draws upon her Six Sigma Green Belt training and extensive experience implementing quality improvement systems across many homes in Nova Scotia to fulfill this role.
HMT, SMT, C.E.M., DHSA
Director of Hospitality and Infrastructure
After working in both Acute Care and Long-Term care for many years in a variety of front line and management roles, Jacob came to work at Ocean View in 2003. His role today is Director of Operations for the Birches and Ocean View. He has been working in Nova Scotia’s healthcare system since 1985 and in Long Term Care continuously since 1997.
In 2005 he was elected as the President of the Special Care Emergency Preparedness Association of Nova Scotia, which is a not-for-profit association focusing on Emergency Preparedness and Management for the Continuing Care sector of the Nova Scotia Health System. In this role, he works closely with other Long-Term Care facilities to ensure they are prepared for all emergencies making the system safer for all residents. He also works closely with the Department of Health and Wellness, EMO NS, Department of Community Services, Office of the Fire Marshal and other stakeholders in this field.
At The Birches and Ocean View, Jacob provides leadership for capital projects, housekeeping, laundry and our hair salon. He is accountable for emergency preparedness and promotion of a safe environment and works closely within the management and staff teams to provide effective leadership for The Birches and Ocean View.
Jacob facilitates a number of teams and committees and believes in fostering an open and positive working relationship with staff at all levels. He tries to build capacity within others to achieve their goals, and strives to motivate critical thinking in others, for their personal growth and empowerment.
His favorite quote sums up his philosophy on life, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Director of Human Resources
Shauna is committed to purpose, principles, processes, people and performance. With 15 years of experience in Human Resources, Shauna has developed a deep understanding of aligning and balancing all aspects of HR to achieve company success.
She has an abundance of long-term care experience and was also a Continuing Care Assistant prior to obtaining her Human Resource Degree.
Shauna is a certified human resource professional starting with an HR diploma from Eastern College then continuing her education at St Mary’s University and holds a CPHR designation.
With her expertise and passion for Human Resources Shauna is a valuable asset to Ocean View and is committed to providing comfort, care and compassion to those we serve.