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.

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.  “My goal is to cultivate excellence through building a community and culture that is welcoming and offers an exceptional experience for our residents and employees.”  Amber and Chris are always available to address any questions or concerns you may have as a resident of Legacy.

Hospitality Manager, Chris Warren

A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Chris fell in love with Vancouver when visiting for the 2010 Winter Olympics on his honeymoon, making it his home a year later. With nearly 25 years of hospitality experience, a decade of which has been spent serving seniors, Chris is excited to bring his service knowledge to Legacy’s team. If he’s not in the dining room making sure that your meal is just right he can be found walking the halls ensuring that the building is operating smoothly. With his welcoming personality and easygoing nature, Chris is proud to make your experience at Legacy unforgettable.

Marketing Manager, Barbara Arseneault

Barbara Arseneault Marketing ManagerBarbara has 25+ years of experience as a marketing and sales professional.  Her expertise in business development, partnership leveraging, image branding and marketing campaign development has been called upon by national business chains, senior level Government Executive Committees, Business Associations, Chambers, private corporations, and non-profit associations.   Barbara is responsible for all marketing and communications activities as well as assisting with sales as needed.  As a Canadian Certified Staging Professional (CSP), she is also able to employ her creativity and expertise to coordinate display suites for viewing and sets for multi-media productions as well as provide residents advice on space planning when transitioning to their new home at Legacy.

 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.

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.  Suzanne has worn many hats including server, bartender, lounge manager and Owner/Operator of a bustling restaurant! Her 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, Jason Pablo

Pablo, having worked throughout Vancouver’s top kitchens, made the decision to bring his expertise to the retirement living industry.  Here he found his love of being a part of something bigger and more important than a restaurant, serving senior residents.    You will see Pablo calmly walking through the dining room at Legacy looking to see if everyone is enjoying the meal.  He also loves to cook things that are new to him so feel free to chat with him about your likes and dislikes.

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 foods. You can always talk to me about food preferences, I’m here to make everyone happy to the best of my ability.”

Wellness Nurse, Jennie Sapon

JennieJennie 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. We are pleased to have such a dynamic and skilled nurse within our Legacy leadership team. Jennie is responsible for overseeing our Wellness department and provides customized personal care plans as well as assists in additional care needs.

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.

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 our 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.