Our Team – 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 de Souza has over 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 leads 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 Navigator, Danica Evans, LPN

Danica is a Licensed Practical Nurse, who has worked primarily in acute care over the last four years. Danica has specialized  in neuroscience, orthopedic surgery, palliative care, and geriatric medicine. Legacy welcomes Danica’s real world knowledge and experience in handling COVID-19 as she was an active part of an Outbreak Response Team for Vancouver Coastal Health, working with various retirement communities to maintain the quality of life and care for the residents in addition to providing education on PPE and infection prevention.  Danica is passionate about her work and advocates for the long term health and well-being of our residents at all times.

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

Suzanne is a powerhouse. Her friendly, welcoming demeanor and dedication makes her the perfect Maitre’ D. With over 30 years in the hospitality industry, her wealth of knowledge in food and beverage service is impressive. Suzanne has worn many hats over the course of her career including server, bartender, lounge and restaurant manager and owner of a highly successful restaurant. Her diverse background in the service sector together with extensive experience in senior care makes her an exceptional member of our team. With her gracious personality, attention to detail and commitment to your satisfaction, she will always ensure that your dining experience meets and exceeds your expectations.

Sous 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.”

 Sales & Resident Relations Manager, Kathleen Pope

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.

 Program Coordinator, Rachael Lopez

Rachel brings a caring and engaging personality together with exceptional organizational skills to her role as Programs Coordinator. Rachael gained extensive experience in event planning as the owner and operator of her own business for 6 years. She also gain valuable knowledge and experience from her role as Business Office Coordinator and Programs Assistant at various Senior Living homes in Vancouver. Rachel takes pride in taking the time to truly understand and develop programs and services that will allow the residents at Legacy Senior Living to stay active and involved, living creative and fulfilling lives