Associates

Delivering Seniors’ Independence on a ‘Silver Platter’

Working in a collaborative manner are a number of men and women that have sought out At Your Service for Seniors as an organization of choice where they can put their respect for clients first!

The Associates come from a wide variety of backgrounds including careers in management, teaching, foster parents, musicians, personal trainer, nursing, accounting, business owner and more. All excel in Customer Service. After much personal reflection and consideration, they are eager to meet seniors’ non medical service needs to help seniors stay independent!

Associates have a current police records’ check to work with vulnerable persons, are fully insured, maintain first aid/ cpr certification, and have a clean driving record. They are also covered by the WSIB (Workplace Safety Insurance Board).

The Associates are:

Heather Cooper

Heather Cooper

After being most fortunate to work 32 yrs in the health care field as part of the non medical health care management team my friend and I had a dream. Our dream was to support seniors to remain living in there home/castle.

In 2007 Joan Turner made that dream come true.  am honoured to have had the opportunity to be part of At Your Service For Seniors from the onset.

Having the opportunity to help someone smile encourage them to do the best they can doand having them say thank you for being part of my life is the most fulfilling experience anyone could ask for. My passion is spending quality time with my husband, children and 4 grandchildren as well s working at the family wedding DJ business.

Odile Brockman-Lee

Odile Brockman-Lee

My Community Corrections career spanned 25 years and included working with youth and adults. For the past five years, I have enjoyed a very satisfying career dedicated to the senior population. My days involve teaching Ageless Grace classes (seated exercise program to fun music working the body and the brain); spending quality time with some fabulous and interesting seniors who make me laugh and always teach me something new; and for the past two years have been working as the part-time Administrator of this rapidly expanding Senior Service agency.”

Colleen Osterberg

Colleen Osterberg

I enjoy meeting new people and listening to their life stories which are always interesting (especially seniors).  I’m a retired teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing with experience in speech, language, sign language and of course hearing aids.   My special interests are TAI CHI, reading, movies, plays, music and going out for lunches.  Also, learning about better nutrition, exercise (mental and physical) and cognition is always interesting.

Terri T.

Terri T.

I can sing-a-long, and find your favourite music, and appreciate all genres of music, concerts and plays .I can scrapbook, make cards, help with memory books, cook vegetarian, make healthy soups, and smoothies, etc.! I’ve been told that I give a good shoulder massage, and I like to take people on picnics or just take a drive to wherever they would like to go.

Jen Kambulow

Jen Kambulow

As a parent of teenagers I relish my time with my elderly friends/clients. Whether I am doing dishes while having a discussion about the current state of the world, picking up much needed groceries or just lending a willing hand with housework, I do it with a smile. I love helping to extend the independent lifestyle of seniors. I enjoy cooking/baking, as evidenced in my employment at Dishington’s Tearoom in Lambeth, reading, spending time with my family and enjoying a cup of coffee over shared wisdom.

Barb M

Barb M

I do enjoy my time working with AYSFS! I find it very gratifying to see the difference you can make in a senior’s life just by spending time with them. I have a very special bond with each of my clients and love them to bits.
I have taught in our Children’s Church for over 20 years, also help in our children’s program, Awana for the last 8 years.
I find pleasure working in my garden and watching the birds while I’m working in my kitchen. I do love to cook and bake healthy foods.
I am married with two wonderful adult children. Love my family and my job!

 

Chris F

Chris F

After working in the retail sector for over forty years specializing first in home furnishings then in computers, I was pleased to discover that the best job ever is spending time with seniors and assisting them to retain their independence in many ways. This realization came about through joining in and helping with the very active seniors group at my church. I hope to be blessed with the ability to continue to serve in this way as long as possible.

Gail Balch

Gail Balch

My name is Gail Balch and I live in the country village of Lobo with my husband and two of our six children. I am also a very proud grandma of 6 fabulous grandchildren. When I’m not caring for seniors, you will find me in my garden or walking my dogs. One of my favorite things to do outside my home is to teach my Sunday School class and, of course, go shopping !!

Julijana Bennett

Julijana Bennett

After caring for my mom (who was my best friend) when she became ill, then needing palliative care; I discovered that caring for people in the later stages of their lives was something I really enjoy doing.My Christian background helps me help my clients understand their journey from this world into the next… I love to be their advocate , friend and sometimes their teacher. In turn they teach me so very much from their own personal life experiences that it has helped me become more compassionate, empathetic and hunger to become a better person each day. The people I have been set up with have brought me so many rewarding experiences and I feel so blessed to be doing a job that makes a difference.

Bonnie Sinclair

Bonnie Sinclair

I’ve worked with At Your Service for Seniors for more than 3 years.  My hobbies are crocheting, knitting, cooking, baking and of course preserving jams and jellies.  I do a old fashioned green tomato mincemeat – which is very popular!  I also do some catering for friends, family and others.  I also have four grandchildren that keep me busy and laughing!

Julia Russell

Julia Russell

I was a child care provider in my home for 18 years.  I have taught piano lessons for 26 years.  I also teach singing lessons.

I retired from child care and started working with Seniors about 3 1/2 years ago.

I love to spend time with seniors. They have so much to teach me about life: from bird watching to cleaning to shopping, cooking, singing together on walks, driving to appointments or listening to amazing life stories. I find working for At Your Service for Seniors very wonderful.

Gordon S

Gordon S

After working for many years with children at a Toronto Paediatric Hospital, I’ve now turned my sights on the other end of the scale and have an interest in helping out Seniors.
After seeing my own mother’s struggle with aging and her difficulty in getting to appointments and doing simple chores, I’ve decided that At Your Service for Seniors would be a good fit for me at this time.

Ted L.

Ted L.

Ted has a great sense of humour!  He also, as per comments from seniors that have had his assistance, is very caring and considerate – anticipating their needs and responding in a gracious manner.  Ted is very musical and has been honoured with a Juno award for his excellent guitar playing.

Jess S.

Jess S.

My name is Jessica Schweyer and I have been with Community Living London for 20 years working with adults who have physical and intellectual disabilities. This role has touched my life in many ways and taught me a great deal about appreciating things through someone else’s eyes. I enjoy working with seniors for many reasons. I have always found that they have interesting stories about their lives. I find their perspective on life interesting and often they have a fabulous sense of humour. I enjoy reading, photography, hiking, swimming and cooking in my spare time.

Mia M.

Mia M.

I am passionate about seniors and smiling and laughing are my favorites!

My special connection with seniors has always been there. I had grandparents and great-grandparents I visited every weekend and they were always part of special occasions, such as birthdays and Christmas. One of my best friends when I was 4 was a lady who was our neighbour and over 70 years old. When we went on vacation when I was 3, I rather helped the grandmother of the family take beans off the bushes then hang out with my parents!

This past December (2016) I visited my grandmother in Germany so I could celebrate her 90th birthday and Christmas together with her. We had such fun and added to our wonderful memories.☺

Before I became an associate with AYSfS in April 2015, I worked as an Educational Assistant in a French elementary school (French as First Language) and have been a successful Registered Early Childhood Educator for over 20 years.

Since February 2015 I have been a weekly volunteer visitor to 2 lovely ladies (ages 86 & almost 94) who live at the London Dearness Home. We call each other friends for that is what we’ve become, dear friends. I also volunteer at the Thames Valley Children’s Centre (Family & Community Services department) since February 2015 on a weekly basis where I fulfill my role as administrative assistant with an outstanding record.

When at home, I enjoy spending quality time with my teenage daughters (15 & almost 18) and our most-lovable family cat Magnus (= the man of the house)😀

This is how my clients describe me: honest to a fault, dependable, reliable, warm personality, approachable, easy to talk to, highly self-motivate, attention to detail, good listener, sensitive, caring, good driver and GREAT sense of humor!

Lana K.

Lana K.

David R.

David R.

My name is David Ross and I retired from the automotive industry several years ago. In my spare time I enjoy a good round of golf, playing basketball during the winter months, and continuously trying to get better at playing the guitar. Engaging with smart, entertaining and witty seniors during this past year proves my theory that age is just a number.

Bonnie P.

Bonnie P.

My name is Bonnie Pitts and I believe “home is where the heart is”. I feel passionate about assisting seniors to stay in their homes as long as possible. A little help around the house, a listening ear, perhaps the occasional shopping trip may be just what a senior needs to “feel the love” again.

I am a country girl at heart, although I now live in the city with my husband and our 6 year old son. I give to my community by volunteering at my son’s school.

Denise L.

Denise L.

I have been with the agency for the past year and and It gives me great satisfaction working with the elderly.
Having worked in active care at Victoria Hospital for many years I feel at home again. When I enter the client’s home and I see the smile on their face it tells me I am brightening their day.

Jeanne W.

Jeanne W.

After over 20 years as a massage therapist in London, I moved back to my hometown of Cambridge to care for my mom in her last years. It was the most wonderful experience I ever had and I learned that being of service to seniors was the work I wanted to do the rest of my life. It took a while to find the right organization when I moved back to London, but when I found AYSFS I knew I was home. I love spending time with seniors, getting to know them and helping them fulfill their needs, wants and accessing things that bring them joy. In my spare time I enjoy walks along the many river trails in London, time with friends. and working with a local cat rescue

Henri V.

Henri V.

I am very respectful and compassionate.  I connect in a natural way with seniors.  I’m willing to share precious moments with them.  I love life, art, music and, of course, cooking.

Cheryl P

Cheryl P

I came from a customer service back ground and love to make clients feel that they matter. I have always tried to treat people the way I would like to be treated. As my mother used to say “You can catch a lot more fly’s with sugar than you can with vinegar “. And mother’s know best. Right?

Lesley N

Lesley N

My name is Lesley Neable and I have 4 wonderful children. I have worked in the health field my whole life. Caring for people has always been what I enjoy most so caring for seniors seemed like a natural fit for me. I love hearing the life stories of my clients as well as news about their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Seniors have lived so much of their lives that it’s a privilege for me to get to assist them in their daily routines and living. I feel blessed to be able to work for AYSFS and to be doing a job that gives dignity, love and care to people who couldn’t deserve it more.

Kim L

Kim L

I have had a satisfying career in finance and administration as a manager of notable companies, and a small business owner, as well as being the proud mother of twins. Working with At Your Service for Seniors has allowed me a position where I can rely on my strength of caring for others. My goal is to provide the best possible care and to fulfill the need seniors have to feel heard. Every visit I leave with a feeling of enjoyment knowing that I was there to spend time and listen to incredible stories and I always take something rewarding away.

Becky Bint

Becky Bint

This occupation seemed a perfect fit after caring for my grandfather for 20 years. Seventeen years of that was driving him around for chores and visits to see his friends one day a week. It was a joy to listen to all the stories. He became ill and it was decided I’d move in to help care for him so he could stay in his own home longer. We’d work on getting the stories down to his pictures for his family tree. The daily news was read to him and discussed at length. He passed away a few years ago. I’ve realized I miss listening to the stories of days past.

Ted C

Ted C

“It would be an honour to serve you. I’m a handyman and can do most household jobs, from vacuuming to repairing leaky taps, to installing dishwashers. Do you like good food? Great! because I love to cook. Do you like Guy Lombardo, Lawrence Welk, Glenn Miller . . . so do I and I’ve inherited my dad’s music collection which I’d enjoy sharing with you while we drive to your appointments and go “down memory lane”. Whatever we do together, I’m sure we’ll do it with a smile.”

Gillian Cole

Gillian Cole

Having worked in sales, design and customer service for most of my working life, I’ve enjoyed caring for and helping to raise my grand daughters from babies to school age for the last 7 years.
That has brought me to my next rewarding life stage and helping to care for seniors and assist them to stay in their own homes. Being an Associate with At Your Service For Seniors allows me to do just that.
I love to cook and listen to music and hear all the wonderful stories seniors have to tell about their lives and experiences. I learn something new every day.
My special interests are nutrition, healthy eating and preparation of food….reading, movies, theatre, exercise ( I’m qualified to teach Ageless
Grace ), yoga and spending quality time with family and friends.

Joyce Kirkby

Joyce Kirkby

Kiah Perez Cortez

Kiah Perez Cortez

I am a recent graduate with a degree in Sociology. I have a strong interest for people and I enjoy being social. I have years of customer service experience and a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of those around me. I have an interest in health and wellness, which sparks my love for cooking. I enjoy spending time talking with others, shopping, going for walks, creating or viewing art,  and learning new things! I am hoping to gain new skills/ hobbies and make a positive impact in the lives of seniors in my community.
Ana Villegas

Ana Villegas

Working with seniors is something I enjoy very much; helping them to have a better quality of life makes me feel that I’m doing the right thing as a payback for all the great things they teach us everyday.
I have experience working with seniors in retirement homes in the Recreation field (I have a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services). I am an instructor for the SMART program, which is an exercise program for seniors and also have a music career, for me “Music is the food for the soul”. Best Regards.
Wayne Kirkby

Wayne Kirkby

I have spent many years long distance trucking, now I enjoy being home:  catching up on repairs, renovating, gardening, grandchildren.  I have been helping and elderly couple keep their home up – making doors fit again and ensure locks work, removing dead shrubbery, digging flower beds, cleaning, keeping lawn mowed and monitoring car maintenance, helping prepare the kitchen for painting and drive them to appointments.  I really enjoy helping them!

Renee Riley

Renee Riley

I have spent the last decade at home as an at home parent and a childcare provider. I have enjoyed my time with the school aged children in my care over the years but when it came time to look at working outside the home I just knew that it had to be with Seniors. One of my dearest friends was a Senior I met while volunteering at community centre in Ottawa. He was a wonderful man with a quick wit and I enjoyed spending time with him. I want to offer support to Seniors in their home and assist them in daily activities. I can’t iron, but I can bake and know my way around a vacuum cleaner. When I am not working outside the home I enjoy spending time with my family I love to read and go for walks and watch movies and spending time with my pets.

Jade Enns

Jade Enns

My name is  Jade . I choose to do Companion Care simply because I enjoy helping others to get through their day with a smile .

I enjoy travel , photography ,plays & movies have a flair for fashion. I’m  an avid reader and of course having  good conversations with my clients ,listening to their intriguing stories and learning what makes them happy brings me great satisfaction .I can cook  always have time for tea and loves to entertain.

To have someone to talk to and count on to be there for you can make the world of difference , that’s my passion why I choose to join AYSFS team . Working in the community with seniors is more than just a job to me it’s personal ,and a pleasure being of service . Thank you !

Tara Barrera

Tara Barrera

Rob Lawton

Rob Lawton

Hi. My name is Rob Lawton. After a 35 year career in the restaurant business from the old great Grosvenor Club to WestHaven Golf and Country Club I decided to start doing home care for the past two years.  My compassion for working with seniors started with my relationship with my beloved grandma Keenleyside.  After having a serious operation and illness in 2013 I want to give care to people whom I have great respect for.

Don E

Don E

I’ve had the honour of serving Seniors for many years as both a direct care provider and as a coordinator of those caring for Seniors, most recently serving WW II and Korean War Veterans in a hospital setting. I’m delighted to now serve Seniors in their homes through At Your Service For Seniors, and am determined to do all I can to promote their independence, choice and overall well-being.

Zaynab Ahmed

Zaynab Ahmed

I am passionate about well-being (mine and others).  Living a wholesome life by caring for social, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of my life is something I am mindful and aware of daily. I am energetic and bubbly, and someone who is very observant and sensitive to others.  I enjoy working with people and hearing their stories. I value companionship in my life and want to extend that joy to seniors in my community.

Stephanie W

Stephanie W

Sydney Dalziel

Sydney Dalziel

Betty Johnston

Betty Johnston

I have recently retired after 28 years as a Pharmacy Technician. I was looking forward to the next step in my life. I found that I missed the people who were a daily part of my job. I realized that helping people of all ages was very satisfying to me. That is why I decided to be an Associate for AYSFS. Being able to help a person, whether it is driving them to an appointment, shopping, visit a friend, clean or just sit and talk will not only help them in everyday living but also give me a opportunity to give back. I believe AYSFS is a good fit for me and looking forward to this new phase in my life. I have been married for 43 years to my high school sweetheart (Jim). We have two boys, and 3 lovely grand-girls. Love spending time with them all. I enjoy walking, shopping, attending events, lunches/breakfasts and going to movies with my friends.