Staff Profiles

Toni

Toni W.

Executive Director

Toni has worked in the healthcare field as a Registered Nurse for over 25 years. She has enjoyed a rewarding career in a variety of healthcare settings; leadership roles in seniors health has been her key focus for the last 15 years. In 2012 Toni successfully earned a Master of Business degree in global leadership. Her career has spanned 3 provinces, relocating to Nanaimo from Saskatoon in 2015. She is a community minded individual who currently is a member of Rotary North. Additionally Toni has served on many boards that have looked to improve homelessness, First Nation business opportunities, and most recently as a board director for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. She is honoured to be joining the Eden Garden team and will work diligently to carry on all the positive work that has been accomplished thus far, ensuring the Eden Alternative philosophy is woven into all that we do for those we serve.

Denise T.

Denise T.

Director of Care

Through her many years as a Registered Nurse and in various additional capacities in the health care industry and a multitude of specialty areas, Denise has found her true passion in gerontology. Denise's focus is on quality initiatives. She sits on numerous quality improvement committees, and leadership panels within the community. Denise has been recognized by the International Nurses Association for her contributions towards advancements in gerontology. The Canadian Student Nurses Association has recognized Denise for excelling as an effective Eden Associate within Canada. Denise looks forward to providing continued opportunities of growth for everyone who is touched by Eden Gardens, whether it be residing in our home, a loved one of our Elder's, a Care Partner, one of our resident pets, or one of our cherished volunteers.

Ken

Ken B.

Finance Manager

Ken worked in the forest industry for 20 years as a labourer, equipment operator, forklift instructor, WHMIS instructor and as a supervisor. He changed careers at age 38 due to economic downsizing. Ken obtained a Business Management Diploma with an accounting major winning the Governor General's award for scholastic achievement. After graduation he worked for nearly 16 years in private industry as a business manager, controller and in senior management. The last 5 years have been in health care as a business manager, administrator and now the Finance manager for Eden Gardens. Married for 35 years to his wife Marge, they enjoy three children and three grandchildren. Other interests are his love hate obsession /addiction with the game of golf, playing trumpet and competing in bridge tournaments.

Ken is a hard-working, highly motivated individual. His collaborative leadership style has been well received by the organization. Since his arrival he has made a significant contribution to improving all aspects of operations; ensuring the health and safety of the residents and staff, achieving financial stability, improving morale and promoting the Eden Alternative philosophy of care. He has also played a key role in enabling NTLS to sign a contract with Island Health to build Eden Gardens and in securing financing for the project through BC Housing. Looking to slow down and pursue his hobbies more actively, Ken has semi-retired and will provide ongoing support as Finance Manager. Ken is a team player and will continue to be a valuable contributor to Eden Gardens.


Carolina

Carolina

Manager Programs, Training and Development

Carolina is an essential member of our Eden Gardens team. Carolina says, "I have always been close to elderly people through family, friends and volunteering. I hope to contribute with my background and experience to the wellness of the staff, seniors and families; I am so proud to be part of the team."

Carolina was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, in a family of 5 kids where she earned a BA in Social Work and a Master's Degree in Human Resources. She worked as a HR Manager in the horticulture industry for ten years.

She immigrated to Canada in 1999 after marrying her husband, whom she met when she first studied English in Vancouver. In preparation for the Canadian workforce, Carolina became a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Career Management Practitioner. Carolina, her husband and son Tyler moved to Nanaimo ten years ago where she was an Employment Consultant for the Nanaimo Multicultural Society for four years.

Carolina says, "We were looking for a wonderful relaxing and friendly community and we found it. We love the Island; from day one we knew we had made the right decision."They enjoy hiking, playing tennis and going for walks with their Airedale Nick. "...and as every Colombian, I love music, dancing and drinking good coffee."

Carolina invites you to stop by for a visit.

Eden Gardens
1917 Northfield Road, Nanaimo, BC V9S 3B6
Eden Gardens
(250) 758-4676