Our Care Partners

Erin Beaudoin, Chief Motivator/ Executive Director
Erin supports and guides our team to improve the quality of life for our staff, our residents, families and volunteers. She brings her knowledge and collaborative leadership style as she delves into all aspects of our organization. A native of Toronto with a career in hospitality and education, Erin partners with our care team to build a culture that values trusting relationships, enriching the lives of individuals who deliver care and are in our care, and building a better organization.
Mick Stokoe, Director of Care
Mick brings to Eden Gardens a long history in leadership and management, including two and a half decades in the military, progressing to the rank of Warrant Officer. Hailing from the UK and living in Nanaimo for the last nine years, he joined the team at Eden Gardens in December 2019. In his role as Director of Care, he is an integral part of the day to day operation, and oversees the roles of the nursing and care staff here at Eden Gardens. With a knack for training and educating, he jumps at opportunities to foster confidence and personal growth in individuals as they adapt and learn new practices and procedures.
Kerry Spencer-Smith, Human Resource Manager
Kerry brings a diverse background in working with people – from labour relations and full spectrum payroll & scheduling to supporting the employees and improving everyone’s general wellness and workplace happiness. Her background working in partnerships with unions provides an important asset to our staff.  She has a strong passion for growth and improvement, both professionally and personally, and brings that passion to work each day. Kerry is dedicated to the success and support of our teams and we are lucky to have her as a part of our organization.
Susan Jura, Support Services Manager
Susan brings her knowledge as a dietitian and in food service management since she began her career in 1986. Currently as manager of Support Services, she oversees the dietary, housekeeping and laundry departments.  A natural at event hosting, Susan adds something extra special to all our events, and along with her team, has created some great food and party experiences for the residents, families and staff alike.
Carolina Ponsford, Programs Manager
From Bogota, Colombia with a BA in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources, Carolina immigrated to Canada in 2001 and has been with Eden Gardens since 2011. She oversees various programs such as activities, day programs, and therapy programs and champions the implementation of the Eden Philosophy of Care. Carolina helps build strong, caring relationships with the care partner team—including residents, family, staff, and volunteers—by providing education, resources, opportunities and support to ensure the well-being of the community.

Our Board of Directors

Our organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors. These directors are members of our community who emulate our values and support our mission with passion. Each is touched by their own experience, some with loved ones living with dementia and are motivated to give back to the community and promote improvements to this industry. Please email boardofdirectors@edengardens.ca to get in touch with them

Our Pets

Pets offer affection, unconditional love and help to ease depression and loneliness. We have pets that live full time at Eden Gardens and encourage visitors to bring their furry friends along. Our residents are engaged with spontaneous opportunities to interact with pets, as they may have in the past, and we enable them to do so in a safe, supported environment. Some of our neighborhoods have cats, fish and/or birds. Research shows that people who regularly interact with animals have lower blood pressure and have 21 percent fewer visits to the doctor.
  • Our resident cats are always looking for cozy cuddles
  • Colourful fish in several neighborhoods are a great source of entertainment and pleasure
  • Well-behaved and adorable dogs keep residents calm and happy
  • Colourful fish in several neighborhoods are a great source of entertainment and pleasure
  • Finches are a cheerful addition with their sweet chirps
  • Suet feeders to attract wild birds are outside all residents’ rooms

We encourage visitors to bring their well-behaved, vaccinated dogs into our home. Please read our policy to ensure everyone, including your beloved pet, has a positive experience.

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