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.

General Manager, Julie Demers

2 Julie Demers Program ManagerJulie is responsible for the overall operations at Legacy and ensures the services, amenities and programs are top quality.  Originally coming from Alberta, Julie studied Kinesiology and worked in Independent Retirement Living, Assisted Living and community facilities. Since coming to British Columbia, she began working in Long Term Care holding various positions. Julie has a keen interest in continuous learning and growth in the area of business, aging and operations. She continues to expand her scope of experience since returning to Retirement Living and is grateful to be part of Legacy Senior Living’s wonderful team.

Assistant General Manager/ Food & Beverage Manager, Rob Cleland

RobRob brings a wealth of expertise from the hospitality industry. From the age of 12 years old, Rob has found himself drawn to the culinary world. Rob did his schooling at Malaspina University in Nanaimo, where he completed a practicum at the Pan Pacific Hotel, which later turned into employment. Rob went on to work at the critically acclaimed ‘The Mahle House’ in Nanaimo for seasonal work. Throughout his years of experience he has worked at the Rim Rock Resort, Tapastree, Delta Vancouver Suite Hotel, The Fairmont and has provided consulting in troubled kitchens. One of Rob’s greatest successes was beating out 30 other Chef’s for the position at The Empress Room. Rob managed to attain the coveted 5 Diamond award leading the kitchen at the Empress Room. We are extremely fortunate to have such a diverse AGM at Legacy.

Vice President, Jason Wertman

Jason Handbook photoJason 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.

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. “I have always had a deep respect for seniors as they have such a refreshing outlook on life, and they have so much wisdom to impart to all of us.  They make every moment count, get great joy from the simple pleasures, they speak the truth and have strong family values.  Their smiles just light up your heart.  It’s a rewarding field to be a part of.”

Resident Relations Manager, Kathleen Pope

Kathleen Pope Residency RepresentativeKathleen was born in Montreal and is of Italian background, which gives her fluency in speaking Italian, French and English. Her background in relocation spans over ten years working with professionals from all over the world helping them get settled and finding accommodation for them. Kathleen was also instrumental in the transition of her mother, and in laws from their condos to an independent living residence, therefore understanding the process and challenge for seniors when moving. Kathleen started working for Legacy Senior Living before the building was even built so was able to speak with future residents and build rapport with the families. As a resident sales advisor, Kathleen really enjoys sitting down and getting to know each person individually to ensure that Legacy is the perfect fit for them. She works very hard to make everyone feel comfortable and to enjoy their premier retirement experience.

Lifestyle & Sales Manager, Lauren Crum

Lauren haLauren Crums heart for helping her community!  Originally coming from Delta, Lauren studied Therapeutic Recreation and had a successful career working in Long Term Care. Lauren has a keen interest in continuous learning and growth in the area of active living. She is excited to be on board and help create successful lifestyle choices for the residents living at Legacy Senior Living. With a vast background in sales, she is excited to help Legacy remain the #1 voted Retirement Residence in Vancouver.

Chef, Chris Lee

IMG_2951Chris Lee was born and raised in North Vancouver. He brings a flair to our culinary department and likes to be challenged!  Chris has an extensive background in restaurants and senior living. Upon graduating from VCC for Culinary Arts, he went on to work at Centerplate at BC Place. From there, Chris worked at Tapestry O’Keefe for 11 years, working alongside Rob Cleland for the past 6 years. Chris’ philosophy is to support local farmers, use the farm to table movement and prepare fresh, flavorful meals. In his downtime Chris spends time with her 8 year old son and is an active supporter of the Canucks Autism Network. We are very pleased to have such a diverse and talented Chef running our Ash Street Bistro.

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 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.

 Wellness Nurse, Mike Tracy R.N.

Mike TracyMike brings 19 years’ experience as a practising Registered Nurse. Prior to coming to Legacy Senior Living, Mike spent 13 years at Inglewood Care Centre in West Vancouver, 5 years at Royal Ascot Care Centre in Vancouver and 2 years as Director of Care at Swedish Assisted Living. Mike’s love for providing care to residents and assisting them with their health and wellness needs is immediately evident in his comforting and gentle approach. His depth of knowledge and expertise allows him to provide assistance with customized wellness and personal care plans as well as assist in additional care needs.

Anabell Salazar Lomeli, Assistant Concierge Manager

anabellAnabell has served over 15 years in the luxury hospitality industry. Beginning her career as Concierge at the Hyatt in Vancouver, she ventured to the Riu Palace in Cabo San Lucas. While in Mexico she joined the Les Clefs d’Or which is a society of Hotel Concierge that demonstrate the highest level of service. Anabell was involved in the opening of the River Rock Casino in Richmond and worked as the Front Desk Supervisor. During her time in Vancouver, she went to Vancouver Community College and obtained her Hospitality & Restaurant Management Certification. Having traveled throughout Canada, including Niagra Falls, and France she has obtained a wealth of knowledge surrounding hospitality. In France, Anabell worked for the Hyatt, Mercure Accor Hotel, The Hilton and a Castle called Chateau De Fere. She continued her studies in France and is finally settled back in Vancouver with joining the Legacy team. She is passionate about offering the best customer service to our residents and is happy to help.

Recreation Coordinator, Angel Lai

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Angel organizes all of the programs, entertainment, special events, and outings at Legacy. Angel’s degree in Psychology gives her a great perspective into the residents wants and needs. Be prepared, because she will keep you very involved and busy – but only if you want to be. She will help you re-discover old passions and hobbies, and venture into new territory.