I’m thrilled to step into the role of General Manager at Creekstone, a place where my personal values and professional objectives perfectly intersect.
Raised in a home enriched by the wisdom and strong values of my beloved grandmother, I am pursuing a career in healthcare helping others in any way possible. I have over 14 years of experience in health care settings, a Bachelors in Sciences of Nurses, an MBA in Auditor for Hospital Compliances, and a Certificate Executive General Management from UBC, Sauder.
My passion for fostering deep and meaningful connections doesn’t end with people; it extends to animals and nature as well. By taking a stroll along Kits Beach with my family, my dog Taz and my cat RuPaul, immersing myself in the tranquility of nature revitalizes my mind and fuels my creativity.
In my role, I look forward to leveraging this energy to foster a harmonious and dynamic environment at Creekstone, and facilitating growth and connections with the residents, families and team. I believe that connection – be it with our residents, colleagues, or the world around us – is the key to success in having quality of life overall.
Hello! My name is Kelsi and I am so excited to be joining the Creekstone team. The core values that Trellis brings into its care of its residents align with the core values I hold, and are some of the main reasons I entered into a career of nursing and caring for others. To create joy in aging is a privilege, one I am so grateful to be a part of at Creekstone.
My previous experience in nursing education along with bedside practice have helped me develop unique insight and tools into building and fostering deep and meaningful connections within various work teams and also with residents.
In my spare time you can find me enjoying all my home of Squamish has to offer. Enjoying the beautiful mountains on my bike or relaxing by the rivers with my dog, Lucy, and a good book.
I truly believe the environment in which we work and live in shapes so much of us. I am so grateful to be a part of a wonderful care team and am so looking forward to getting to know all of the residents of Creekstone.
Meeting the team at Creekstone Care Centre was a blessing to me as it made me review my nursing career and the reasons why I became a nurse. The values Trellis places in elderly care to create joy in life and aging has always been fundamental in my practice. In my culture, taking care of our elders is fundamental and part of the experience of ageing. My grandmother embodied these values in me from a young age which is why it’s so important to me to extend that love, empathy, and kindness to our elderly population.
In my spare time, I love to read and have a passion for history. I “attempt” to garden and cook, and I am enjoying sampling the local seafood by trying new recipes. My bf and I are in the process of welcoming a fur baby into our home so I am looking forward to being a first time “dog mom”. Having lived in Zambia, South Africa and settling into life in Hope, British Columbia at a young age, I have met people from every walk of life which has made me appreciate the different cultures around the world. I am so grateful to be part of this warm and welcoming team.
Taking care of others has always been a calling I felt compelled to fulfill, which led me to pursue a career in nursing. Upon graduating from nursing school, I quickly realized that working with seniors was my true passion. Being a part of the Creekstone community allows me to become a valuable contributor to the life journeys of our residents and play a role in creating unforgettable experiences for them.
As a member of the Creekstone family, I walk alongside our residents, their families, and my fellow colleagues every day. Together, we are committed to maintaining and continually improving the quality of care and safety provided to our residents.
Creekstone is more than just my workplace; it’s my second home and an extended family for many. The atmosphere here is one of kindness, respect, and unwavering support, mirroring the bonds of a close-knit family.
Every morning when I come to work, the smiles on the faces of our residents and staff bring immense joy to my heart. Sharing laughter, knowing that our residents are comfortable and safe, and ensuring our staff feels well-supported are the highlights of my day.
On the days when I’m not at Creekstone, you can find me tending to my charming garden at home or embarking on leisurely road trips to explore new places. I cherish moments spent exploring used bookstores with my daughter, experimenting in the kitchen, and enjoying quality time with my family and friends
My name is Chrissa Lane, and I am a Registered Social Worker here at Creekstone Care Centre! I have always had a passion for working with people, and found my metaphorical home in Social Work practice. I began my career in the anti-violence sector supporting women and children fleeing violence, and then, working with houseless seniors on the North Shore. From there, I transitioned into working in Long Term Care. I am honored to serve the community we have created, and always enjoy catching up – my door is always open! I welcome you to say hello, or drop by to share any comments, questions or concerns.
In my personal life, my husband and I share our home (and sometimes I share my office) with our miniature dachshund, Daphne. She will occasionally pay a visit to Creekstone! My interests are ever-changing, but lately, I’ve loved true crime documentaries, novels, and tv shows, and have a podcast for each day of the week! I am an avid baker, and love spending time in the kitchen. If you have any recipes to share, I’d love to add to my repertoire ☺
I am excited to join the Creekstone Community as Support Services Manager. My goal is to strive for resident satisfaction by working with the team to provide delicious meals, fresh clothing and linens, and a clean living environment for our residents.
I have a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph in Ontario. I am a member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management. I have been a Support Services Manager in Long Term Care homes for most of my career. I have worked as Support Services Manager at Hamilton Village Care Centre in Richmond for the past three years since the home opened.
Outside of work, I like to spend time with my family. I am married and have two children. I enjoy spending time with my children walking in nature, playing in the park, playing board games, cooking new recipes, and watching movies.
My name is Nyan Phyo, and I joined Creekstone as a Recreation Manager at the end of March 2023. I have worked in the field of Recreation for over 9 years. I started my journey in Health care during 2014 as a volunteer. From my time as a volunteer, I discovered my passion for working with seniors. Then, I began my plunge to the Therapeutic Recreation program at Douglas College a year after my volunteering. After 4 incredible and long years, I received my Bachelor’s in Therapeutic Recreation in 2019. I’m keen to continue to learn and grow as a person. If you would like to get to know me more, please find some time and stop by my office (3rd floor) to meet.
Besides work, what fills my cup is my family. My wife, daughter, parents, and siblings are the most important people in my life. Spending time with them is the best parts of my day. Also, I am a big basketball and hockey fan. I love to cook for my family. Learning is a huge component to my quality of life. The way I learn is through books, Ted talks, and learning from others.
A recreational therapist with a healthcare journey since 2012. I started as a recreation manager at Creekstone, embracing my passion for healthcare. Beyond work, I’m an art enthusiast, reader, and music lover. Travelling, hosting friends and spending quality time with my family brings me joy. In 2018, I moved to Canada, holding an MBA in Healthcare Management and a Bachelor’s in Recreation Therapy, earning my education in Australia.
With 8+ years in Long Term Care, I’m committed to continuous learning and community empowerment. Trellis’s aspiration to foster happiness in life and aging resonates with my personal principles. I am genuinely delighted to be part of a team that shares my values and mission. Our vision at Trellis is to create joy in life and aging, and our mission centers around caring, connecting, and celebrating. These principles resonate deeply with me.
Having grown up in North Vancouver, I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to be part of the team at Creekstone Care Centre. It is such a special feeling to be able to contribute back to the community that raised me. The most rewarding part of my work is spending time and connecting with residents. Whether I’m just passing by to cheer them on in their game of ladder ball or if I’m sitting down and learning about their life stories, our residents bring a smile to my face every time I come to work.
Like many North Vancouver locals, I feel so lucky to be steps away from nature. When I’m not at work, I can often be found taking advantage of the vast network of beautiful trails in North Van. On more adventurous days, I can be found rolling around town on two wheels and more recently, floating in lakes on paddle powered vessels.
I am very passionate about my work and I enjoy seeing the smile on Residents’ faces. I am the maintenance manager with over 13 years of experience in health care and I am responsible for all aspects of the maintenance, safety and security of the building. Prior to joining Creekstone, I was the Building Services Manager at Astoria Retirement Residence, where I was responsible for the maintenance, laundry and housekeeping. Before joining Astoria, I was with Abbotsford Regional Hospital as Director of EVS and previously Building Services Manager for H&H Total Care and Insite Housing, Long Term Care facilities. I started my career as a Mechanical Engineer in Guyana, South America and I moved my way through the senior living sector, gaining valuable experience in maintenance operations.
I enjoy painting with my family and as a life coach helping others to stay positive in their respective roles.
I’m Russell Friesen, originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I have a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Manitoba and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from UBC.
I completed my dietetic internship 2011, primarily at St. Paul’s Hospital, which led to a direct employment offer, marking the start of a 12-year career at St. Paul’s. Over the years, I predominantly served as the Outpatient Dietitian, gaining invaluable experience assisting a diverse range of individuals in their nutritional journeys.
Outside of work, I’m the proud father of three daughters and try to spend most of my spare time outdoors, mountain biking, hiking, and golfing. More recently, I’ve embraced cold plunging, explored Olympic weight lifting, and incorporated meditation into my daily life.
Working close to home on the North Shore has been a goal of mine since moving here. The position of dietitian at Creekstone presented itself, and I eagerly seized the chance to apply. I’m thrilled to join the Creekstone team and look forward to new adventures and growth as I take on my role at Creekstone.
I joined Creekstone four months after its official opening, and I’m thrilled when I look back and see how far we have come as a team. Every day here is a joy, working with great people with professional knowledge and experience in caring for people, and working for great people with years of wisdom.
I am blessed with a lovely teenage daughter and a supporting husband. The three of us have been working together to explore the world from our own perspective, but sharing findings and laughs all the time.
I have a Bachelors in Arts, Masters in Arts, MBA, and I’m working towards my CPA designation.
I love my parents, who always surprise me with their gorgeous art works and photos of places they have been travelling to every year.
Whenever I am here, I always remind myself: Life is short, and never wait to create joy, for myself, and for people around.