The Hamlets Team
The Hamlets Team
Our team of highly trained and experienced team and healthcare personnel understand the needs of seniors and young adults and are hand-picked to ensure our residents are always treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Our team and our philosophy for health and happiness are reasons our assisted living and long term care communities are the preferred places to be. Contact us to find out which long term care community is right for your or your loved one.
Mark is the General Manager with The Hamlets at Vernon. He joined The Hamlets at Vernon in October 2018. Originally from Ontario, Mark and Karin raised their family in a small hamlet outside of Barrie. In 2011, as empty nesters, they moved to BC, lived in the Fraser Valley and then chose to put down roots in the Okanagan.
His career includes 27 years of experience primarily consisting of management roles in manufacturing and food processing industries. In 2015 he transitioned to Long Term Care, as the Director of Finance and Operations at a Seniors Care Home in Abbotsford.
Mark is passionate about his leadership role and is determined to make a positive environment for the residents and team members. His mission is to create a comfortable home atmosphere where team members and residents are family.
Olivia is the Director of Care with The Hamlets at Vernon.
The greatest inspiration in Olivia’s life is her brother Anthony. Born with Cerebral Palsy and severe brain damage, Olivia grew up helping her parents care for Anthony and witnessing the amazing care and support that he received from nurses, care staff and his rehab team. It was this experience growing up that lead Olivia down the path of becoming a Registered Nurse.
After graduating from Thompson River University with her BSc. in Nursing and quickly finding her passion for Geriatrics, Olivia started her career in Whitehorse. Although she enjoyed her time away, she had always felt most at home in Vernon, with her family and friends around her.
Whether working in the community, the hospital, or in a care home, Olivia has always felt the desire to work with the elderly. In the words of Tia Walker “To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honours” and for Olivia, no truer words have been spoken.
When not at work, Olivia can be found spending time with her husband, Kyle, his son and their two crazy dogs.
Olivia’s care and compassion for our residents and team members illustrates her passion for Nursing and her ability to be a strong leader within the Hamlets family.
Mathieu joined the Hamlets family in September of 2018 as the Support Services Manager.
Originally from Quebec, Mathieu has lived the majority of his adult life in Western Canada (in both Alberta and British Columbia). Growing up in Quebec, Mathieu spoke only French, so the decision to move to Western Canada came with added complications. Determined to overcome this obstacle, Mathieu drove west and began his journey.
After graduating with his Red Seal Chef Certification, Mathieu quickly excelled in the hospitality industry working for multiple restaurants and hotels, eventually making his way into Catering where he developed into the management role.
Mathieu, his wife (Michelle) and their children (Benjamin, Leah and Jillian) have called Vernon home, since 2014. With the move to Vernon, Mathieu was given an opportunity to work in Senior Retirement. Mathieu quickly realized that this industry would be a perfect match for him. It would allow him the opportunity to interact with seniors and allow him a schedule that works well with his young family.
Mathieu is grateful for his team and the opportunity to make the residents happy; not only with special events and functions but also with their daily meals.
Lauren is the Recreation Manager with The Hamlets at Vernon.
Prior to completing her Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation degree; Lauren spent a number of years working in the hospitality industry in various roles including management roles. Laurens passion in life has always been to help others and to make a positive impact on the people around her so it was no surprise to her family and friends when she chose to become a Certified Recreation Therapist.
Lauren’s Career in Recreation Therapy has allowed her many opportunities, including time spent in Uganda working for a Schizophrenia Outreach program, support work with children with disabilities and finally finding her place in senior retirement.
Lauren was born and raised in British Columbia. Although she and her partner, Tyler, lived in Alberta for a few years, they always knew that they would find their way back to BC, to be closer to their family and many friends. Lauren has been with The Hamlets since her return to BC in March 2020. She has made a wonderful addition to the Hamlets team and we are blessed to have her within our Hamlets family.
Kim has been with The Hamlets family since 2012 and has worked at sites in both Alberta and British Columbia. As the Community Relations Manager, Kim has a strong connection within the community.
Originally from New Brunswick, Kim has spent much of her adult life away from her hometown; living in a variety of cities, three different provinces and also in the USA. A well-rounded education with a BA, BSc. and Teacher Certification; Kim brings with her a wide knowledge base and experience within the education system, hospitality industry and Senior Retirement.
Kim has taken on many roles within The Hamlets organization and has enjoyed the growth and development that this has allowed for her. She also takes pride in mentoring new team members both locally and at other sites.
Kim and her husband Mike moved to the Okanagan in 2017, when she was given the opportunity to be part of the opening leadership team for The Hamlets at Vernon. They have both become very involved in their community. For Kim, one of the best parts of working for The Hamlets is; you are not just an employee, you are part of the Hamlets family.