ABOUT US

Senior Leadership

Grace Sweatman, CEO
For over 25 years Grace Sweatman has led Christie Gardens in its journey of establishing the standard of excellence in care and service for seniors. With a determined vision and unrelenting pursuit, Grace is known within the industry as the leader who has the courage and strength to 'do what it takes'. Grace has led her team in a mission to serve "in response to God's call". Viewing this service to residents as both a privilege and a pleasure; Grace continues to raise the standards for a person-centered approach to care. As former President of OLTCA (Ontario Long Term Care Association) and founding Administrator of Fellowship Towers, Grace is delighted to provide a model for others to follow. Her license plate reads 'Joyfll', a gift from staff that sums up Grace beautifully. We are grateful each day as she continues this extraordinary leadership in retirement care.

Catherine Belmore, VP Operations
To rephrase a familiar expression, Catherine has proven the adage "Jack of all Trades, Master of Many". During her 26 years at Christie Gardens, Catherine has provided leadership in every department. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and knows how to get it done. "Blessed are the flexible of heart for they shall never break". This rings true for Catherine as she explains one can handle anything as long as there is trust in the Lord. As the right hand to CEO Grace Sweatman, Catherine has been a key player in the development of this community and in leading a well-run home. With a special gift in developing staff potential, and always knowing 'we are here for the residents', Catherine is a special gift herself, as our very own VIP at Christie Gardens.

Aubrey Tozer, VP Finance
A former Board Member of Christie Gardens, Aubrey Tozer has taken on the position of VP of Finance. With a varied career in Accounting and Financial Management, Aubrey brings his gift of 'strategic facilitator' to the House. Improving financial systems with a resident focus is one goal, while his desire to see Christie Gardens maintain its leading edge in retirement services and care keeps him motivated. A healthy financial house, one which serves its residents' needs and expectations, is a guiding principle for him in the day-to-day financial operations of Christie. When asked how long he has been in this new role, Aubrey simply answers 'Who is counting? It has been so much fun!

Heather Janes, VP Resident Services
From the young age of 17, Heather first fell in love with Christie while working part-time as a receptionist at the front desk. Today, 22 years later in the retirement industry, Heather attributes her joy and love of seniors to those early days. As VP of Resident Services, Heather feels privileged to be in this position as she gets to meet each and every resident. Heather asks 'Where in any other circumstances would I encounter such amazing people who have led such extraordinary lives?' Heather brings her vision of Christie Gardens to the wider community. Heather is thrilled to bring the love of Christie Gardens for all to discover. Thanks for sharing your vision Heather!

Directors

Mary Scott, Director of Dining Services
The "Fuss Over Food" begins with Mary who understands the important daily role food plays. Anyone who has dined at Christie knows meals are fresh, nutritious and delicious. Mary's skill of introducing today's culinary twists with a traditional menu is evident with Christie's new and exciting menu choices. Mary's biggest achievement since joining the team in leadership has been the introduction of 'Open Dining'. This provides ultimate choice in when to dine, with whom to dine, and what to order. Now with more choices than ever, the "Fuss Over Food" at Christie has made a huge difference in the lives of residents and their guests. Thank you Mary, you are our very own "Martha" with creativity and attention to detail. We offer our compliments to you and your dining staff!

Charla Patel, Director of Human Resources
In addition to many complex duties, Charla is in charge of staff scheduling. With over 125 people on Christie staff she is busy co-ordinating this fine group of people to be certain they clearly understand their roles and obligations as employees. Charla has an impressive knowledge about care levels and resident needs. She is proud that Christie is seen as the model for retirement home standards and training. Charla finds great satisfaction from the volunteer students who have gone on to serve with excellence in their chosen professions. Charla is celebrating 11 years at Christie Gardens, and it is clear she delights in every day challenges, and sees each day at Christie as new.