Michelle Karker - Chief Executive Officer: Michelle joined The Elliott Community in May 2018. Prior to joining The Elliott Community, Michelle was the Executive Director of the East Wellington Family Health team where she was responsible for the development of a new community health organization where she was directly involved in the planning, funding, design and construction of two new medical clinics involving public/private partnerships. Michelle has worked in a variety of leadership roles within the health system, non-profit sector and private sector.
Michelle is an active leader within the health care system and has been involved with a number of health system initiatives. Currently, Michelle is a Board of Director for Hospice Wellington and Chair of their Quality Improvement committee and was appointed in 2015 to the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) where members advise Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in their efforts to improve the quality of cancer care in the province. Most recently, she was the Secretary and Treasurer for the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario and has also been involved in a variety of regional health system initiatives where she has developed and overseen innovative partnerships with other organizations to fund and deliver new health and community care services to residents, patients and their families.
Sherri Enns, Administrator of Resident Care Services: Sherri joined The Elliott Community as a Registered Nurse in 1988. In 2014, Sherri was appointed to the position of Administrator - Long-Term Care enabling her to transcend her DOC and Nursing roles and contribute to our resident’s quality of life in a leadership capacity. Sherri coordinates daily with community agencies, families, residents and our staff of care professionals to make sure that everyday is a meaningful day for our residents. Sherri’s dedication to excellence and intrinsic desire to ‘make a difference’ is evidenced in the passion she brings to her role. While our Elliott Community residents benefit most from Sherri’s expertise, we also proudly acknowledge her contributions to The Coping Centre and Guelph’s Hope House, where she helps families and individuals during some of the most challenging times of their lives.
Tanya Watton, Chief Human Resources Officer: Hello, my name is Tanya Watton and I have had the privilege of working in HR at The Elliott Community since 2008. As an HR professional, I have always been passionate about creating environments that help people be their best selves and feel good about their work. I have been fortunate to experience lots of diversity in my career. Before life at The Elliott, I enjoyed great career opportunities within the private and public sectors as Director of HR, as well as holding an HR teaching position at Sheridan College. I have earned the CHRP and CHRE designations (Certified Human Resources Professional and Certified Human Resources Executive respectively) and continuously invest in my professional development through mentoring, volunteering, education and networking. As great as these experiences have been, being part of The Elliott Community has been the most rewarding.
I believe in creating innovative programs and solutions that directly contribute to staff accountability, well-being and appreciation; in 2016 The Elliott Community was selected as Guelph’s ‘Employer of Distinction’ in recognition of our outstanding HR innovations. I am personally very proud to be part of such a thoughtful and talented team. The Elliott Community lives our values every day. Our values govern our actions and they are the foundation of our leadership and the advantage that translates into the high quality staff we attract and engage.
Senior Leadership Team
Dean Broughton, Director of Environmental Services: Dean was hired to this position in 2006, after having worked in the Long Term Care ‘for profit’ sector with Leisureworld Caregiving Centres for 6 years. Dean worked in a number of fields from Emergency Services to mining before returning to school in the mechanical field.
Dean feels a sense of worth to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our residents. The health care sector has a unique workforce that prides itself in caring for people.
Pauline Conte, Director of Dietary Services: Pauline started her career with The Elliott Community in 1985 as a summer student and accepted a full-time position as Assistant Cook after six weeks of employment. In 1993 the position of Head Cook became available and she accepted this new challenge and progressed to a Certified Cook in 1995. Pauline continued her education and professional advancement becoming a Certified Food and Nutrition Manager in 2003. Pauline brings many years of practical, hands-on experience to her role and has gained the respect of residents, staff and management for her dedication to The Elliott Community.
Paula Lannutti, Director of Care - Retirement: Paula has been working at The Elliott Community in Retirement since graduating college in 1992. Paula started working at The Elliott Community- Retirement Suites as a staff nurse in the Ellington and was appointed to the role of Director in 2007. Paula has been Gerontological Nurse Certified for over 10 years and has treasured her time working closely with the senior community. Before starting work at The Elliott Community, Paula worked as a community nurse with Comcare.
Some other ways Paula has served her community: Volunteer for Parent Council of St Francis of Assisi Catholic School; Captain of the Relay for Life Team for the Canadian Cancer Society; and Volunteer for Guelph Minor Baseball Association-team nurse.
Heather Van Cauwenberghe, Director of Care - Long-Term Care: Heather has had the pleasure of working with seniors for the past 21 years. Prior to joining The Elliott Community team she worked as the Director of Retirement and General Manager of a Retirement and Long-Term Care Community. Heather's main role is to maintain the highest standards of care for our residents and to provide leadership to our nursing department.