After working in mental health services for many years in a variety of frontline and management roles, Dion came to work at Ocean View in 2002 as President & CEO and in 2018 took on the President/CEO leadership role for The Birches. He has now worked in Nova Scotia’s health system for nearly 30 years. In 2007, he was appointed to the Faculty at 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 and gets to travel throughout Canada to support healthcare organizations on the journey to a safer and better system of services.
Dion reports directly to the Board of Directors at both Ocean View and the Birches and is accountable for overall leadership for the 2 nursing homes and all community programs and services that are part of the social enterprise. He facilitates the Executive Leadership Team and provides the support for senior and middle management to practice to their full capacity in meeting the lofty strategic directions of the Board.
Dion believes in fostering open and positive working relationships at all levels of the organization and being the champion for quality care and services. Dion’s passion for the values of Ocean View and The Birches 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 In Care Living
Shelley graduated from Nursing in Edmonton, Alberta in 2003, then moved to PEI to work at the old Prince County Hospital. This is where she found her calling in nursing, in a combination of Palliative Care and Long Term Care. She spent 3 years working with the VON and enjoyed community based nursing, but in 2010 began to work in Long Term Care. It has been her passion and pleasure ever since.
Shelley brings 6 years of Senior Management skills to the team at Ocean View. As the Senior Director In Care Living, she is responsible for the leadership of all health services, therapeutics, and clinical disciplines and is accountable for the safe, efficient and effective delivery of care and services.
Director of Therapeutics and Clinical Dietitian
Audra Gallant brings more than 25 years of experience as a Professional Dietitian to her role at Ocean View. Prior to her work at Ocean View, she developed a wealth of experiences in diverse roles in Acute Care, Community Nutrition, Diabetes Education, Administrative Dietetics and Long Term Care. She is actively involved in her field, as a member of the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association (NSDA), the NSDA Registration Committee, and the Nova Scotia Dietitians’ Continuing Care Action Group.
As Director of Therapeutics at Ocean View, Audra works with staff that have an important impact on resident life, including our Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy team, Housekeeping team as well as the Food Production and Dietary team. She is proud of the work her team is doing, and believes that they put “residents first” in their work each and every day. Audra also chairs the Ethics Committee, Spiritual Care Advisory Committee and Engagement Team.
Audra truly enjoys working with our residents and all staff at Ocean View. “Residents first” is a phrase that also drives Audra’s work, as she strives to understand resident life stories and current needs, and to provide staff the support and education they need to do the same.
Director of Operations
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. 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 Ocean View, Jacob is accountable for the oversight of human resources, labour relations, health and safety, emergency planning, maintenance, laundry, and capital planning and capital projects. He is directly accountable for emergency preparedness and promotion of a safe environment and works closely within the management and staff teams to provide effective leadership for Ocean View.
Jacob facilitates a number of teams and committees at Ocean View 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.
Interim Director of Innovation & Accountability
Madeline (Maddie) joined Ocean View in July 2019 as the Interim Director Innovation and Accountability after completing her Master of Health Administration at Dalhousie University. She is originally from Renfrew, Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Global Health. She has previously worked at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and has a passion for ensuring all Canadians have equitable access to safe, high quality, patient-centered healthcare. She is also interested in community health both locally and abroad, and has spent time working to implement a mobile health clinic in rural Nepal.
She is a member of the Global Shapers Halifax Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. The group of young leaders work together to implement meaningful and measurable projects, fostering community collaboration, and advancing the issues they are passionate about.
In her spare time, Maddie is often exploring the hiking trails of Nova Scotia, on a spin bike, or spending time with friends and family.
Director of Finance
Steve joined Ocean View in February of 2016 as the Director of Finance. With his CPA designation for 25 years, Steve brings senior management and financial experience from several industries, 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 leads the Finance team as well as Technology and Decision Support at Ocean View. He is passionate about not only leading a team who assists residents and their families at Ocean View, but also ensuring the organization effectively uses and has resources to carry out its work towards its goals and in line with its values. Steve and his team are very innovative and proactively looks to find new solutions, processes and resources to grow the organization.
Anne-Renée graduated from NSCC in 2002 with an Advance Diploma in PR and in 2001 with a Business Information Technology Certificate with Honours. Her many years of experience in the administrative field in a variety of work environments has led her to find her passion in health care and not-for-profit. We welcomed Anne-Renée at Ocean View as our Executive Assistant in April 2017.
In her role as EA, she provides overall administrative support to the President & CEO and the Board of Directors. She is also responsible for the overall management and supervision of the day-to-day operations of the administration services team for the Ocean View Long-Term Care Centre, Ocean View Support Services Ltd. and the Eastern Passage Family Practice.
You may be familiar with Anne-Renée’s voice, as she is fluent in English and French and we persuaded her to record the voice of Ocean Views auto-attendant phone mainline in both official languages!