All of our staff members are certified care aides with a minimum of five years’ experience and a passion for making life easier for seniors and their family members.
Cyndi is the original visionary and driving force behind Grannies On The Go. Building a team of compassionate people to deliver top-quality service and experiences for seniors has been a long-time dream of hers.
At age 18, Cyndi began volunteering in a nursing home in her community and discovered she really enjoyed working with seniors. It would become a lifetime passion for Cyndi.
In the couple of decades since then, Cyndi has always been inspired to provide a high quality and standard of life for seniors in the community and in local facilities.
In 1998, she received her diploma from Toronto’s George Brown College after completing the two-year Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology program, which focuses on developing the specialized skills required to work with older adults. Cyndi has been practicing in this field ever since.
Over the past 25 years, Cyndi has worked in a variety of long-term care and assisted-living facilities as a Recreation Coordinator/Therapeutic Programmer for seniors. She did take a few years off while her children were young, and feels blessed to have had the opportunity to be home when her family needed her the most.
In order to provide the highest level of service for her clients, Cyndi has taken many additional courses over the years, gaining specialized skills in dementia care, the challenges of aging, and therapeutic programming. Her main focus in her work is to help seniors maintain their independence and dignity by providing meaningful tasks with purpose.
When working with seniors, Cyndi incorporates the skills and protocols she has learned in courses such as GentlecareTM, Positive ApproachTM to Brain Change and other workshops by Teepa Snow, and Montessori for Dementia. She has worked with physiotherapists to learn fall prevention techniques and safety measures, and has taken standard first aid from St. John Ambulance.
While Cyndi takes her certifications and responsibilities very seriously, she does also refer to herself in her role with Grannies on the Go as a “professional fun person.” She loves her work and genuinely loves spending time with her clients.
Cathy grew up in Saskatchewan and has always enjoyed spending time with the elderly. Having worked for over ten years as a care aide, she has developed a deep knowledge of how to enhance quality of life for the seniors she works with.
Perhaps partly because she has spent time taking care of her mother in her later years, Cathy really understands her clients’ situations. She is passionate and dedicated about providing them with top-notch experiences, and she builds trusting friendships with clients and their families.
Clients appreciate that she gives them her undivided attention and empathy; in turn, she loves the stories and life lessons that they have to share.
A longtime Vancouver Island resident, Brenda went back to college after many years as a nurse (“so much lifting!”) to pursue a second career in recreation therapy. She subsequently worked as an activity coordinator at Laurel Lodge in Courtenay, in Oceanview at the Views, and as an activity aide on St. Joseph’s third-floor transitional care unit.
After the transition to the new hospital, Brenda began working with Grannies On The Go, where her bright and bubbly attitude brings a ray of sunshine into all her clients’ days. “If you keep your mind open,” she comments, “seniors can teach you so very much. And they’re tons of fun!”
In her free time, she likes to crochet, is a keen reader and loves to travel. But you’re most likely to catch her bargain-hunting at a garage sale or thrift store.
Brenda has tons of experience and is a natural caregiver who connects easily with people and gives every task her all. Best of all, she loves her job.
“I have a blast every day I come to work,” she says.
Born and raised in North Vancouver, Beth has lived and worked all over Canada. Her first job as a teenager was at the retirement home where her grandparents lived, which sparked her lifelong interest in working with people, particularly seniors.
After completing the Personal Support Worker certificate program, which focuses on developing the range of skills needed to assist people who have physical disabilities, cognitive impairments and chronic and acute illnesses, Beth worked with the Canadian Red Cross, providing support for people of all ages who faced a variety of physical and mental challenges.
While helping her parents as they aged, Beth became more informed about the challenges facing seniors and has shifted her professional focus to this age group.
With Grannies On The Go, Beth provides senior care and companionship that goes above the basics. For example, taking a client out for a drive for a change of scenery can be energizing and engaging. “It makes a world of difference,” she says, “and enriches someone’s quality of life.”
Getting to know her clients, and building a relationship with them, is what Beth particularly enjoys about her work.