Our Team | Retirement Community | Legacy Senior Living

Our Team

A premier residence needs a premier team. In developing Legacy, we started with a superb central location, then engaged architects and consultants with experience in senior housing. Most importantly, we talked with local seniors themselves, listening to their preferences and advice. Then we turned to The Lumina Group to help us plan Legacy Senior Living. Every staff member on the Legacy team is trained to deliver caring, professional service that will surpass your expectations.

Vice-President, Jason Wertman

Jason has been managing all aspects of the real estate portfolio for the Wertman Group for the last fifteen years- from restoring and maintaining residential properties to commercial leasing to being heavily involved in the construction of the projects.  Jason has been involved in the Leo Wertman Residence from inception through construction and is now overseeing the day to day operations.  While new to the retirement living industry, he has a wealth of knowledge in creating and maintaining high quality living spaces and is eager to keep Legacy Senior Living at the pinnacle of perfection in luxury retirement accommodation.

Assistant General Manager, Amber de Souza

Amber has 15 years of experience as a Senior Operations and Sales Manager in the luxury hotel, hospitality and retirement industry.  In addition to overseeing the day to day operations at Legacy, Amber also oversees the Concierge Team and Chauffeurs. Her goal is to cultivate excellence through building a community and culture that is welcoming and offers an exceptional experience for the residents and employees. Amber puts her heart and mind into what she does and is  always available to address any questions or concerns residents may have at Legacy.

Wellness Nurse, Jennie Sapon

Jennie brings a wealth of knowledge to our Wellness Team at Legacy. Before moving to Canada, Jennie completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse in the Philippines. Upon moving to Vancouver, she worked as a Recreation Activity Aide, which enhanced her resident-focused approach.  Jennie completed her LPN program and has since worked in a variety of different healthcare settings. Jennie is responsible for overseeing our Wellness Department and provides customized personal care plans as well as assists in additional care needs.

Executive Chef, Rob Cleland

Rob brings a wealth of expertise from the hospitality industry. He takes great pride in bringing the finest cuisine each day. Rob is responsible for managing all daily kitchen operations, oversees food preparation and production and ensures all sanitation and food safety guidelines are met around the clock . He designs all menus, suggests ingredient alternatives and implements practices and training to increase the overall performance of the Food & Beverage Department. He will be in the dining room regularly to enlist feedback.

Maitre d’, Suzanne Samson

SuzanneSuzanne is a powerhouse! Her sweet demeanor and hard work ethic make her the perfect Maitre d’.  She has a wealth of experience in the hospitality and service industry. Suzanne also manages all of the dining room service staff.  She has worn many hats including server, bartender, lounge manager and owner/operator of a bustling restaurant. Suzanne’s diverse background in the service industry and previous work at The Cedars Seniors Housing makes her a very well-rounded and experienced member of our team.  With her infectious personality and attention to detail, she ensures that your culinary experience is one that will be remembered.

Chef, Audy Oreiro

From keyboards and screw drivers to tongs and pans! Prior to migrating to Canada in 2005, Audy worked as a computer technician and programmer in the Philippines. However, he soon found his real passion in cooking.  “Seniors have a big spot in my heart and I’ve enjoyed cooking for them for more than 10 years.  Preparing meals for our senior residents requires passion and creativity in how to enhance the natural flavors of food without relying on salt.   It gives me so much joy and a sense of accomplishment to see residents enjoying nutritious, healthy dishes. You can always talk to me about food preferences; I’m here to make everyone happy to the best of my ability.”

Francisco Villalobos – Social Programs Coordinator  

Francisco graduated from a Social Sciences and Humanities school in Mexico and has always had a passion for people’s well-being and improvement. He has worked with individuals of different ages, nationalities, and interests. He uses his language teaching skills and helps the residents improve their memory and cognition, determines the residents’ abilities and organizes all of the social programs based on their wants and needs. With a solid educational background and having attended an activity planning and development course in the US, he brings strong interpersonal skills and program creation strategies to the team.

 Sales & Resident Relations Manager, Kathleen Pope

Kathleen Pope Residency Representative

Kathleen is an experienced relocation professional with over 15 years of dedication to the business.  She has been with Legacy Senior Living since the beginning.  In her current role as Sales Manager, Kathleen ensures that all potential residents of Legacy are a “good fit” to live and enjoy the benefits and privileges associated with Legacy Senior Living.  Kathleen also has undertaken the responsibility of Resident Relations Manager.  In this capacity, Kathleen is a tireless advocate for all residents, ensuring their residential experience at Legacy is the best it can be.  In either capacity, Kathleen’s open-door policy ensures that she is always available to provide the best solutions available to Legacy’s residents.