Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Rebecca Roy, our new Director
In late November 2014, we said farewell to our former Director, Jenn Hesson, as she moved on to a new role within Lutherwood, our parent company. We welcomed our new Director, Rebecca Roy. We recently had an opportunity to ask her a few questions and get to know her better.
Tell me about your background. Where did you go to school, and what led you to where you are today?
When I look back now, I realize every job I’ve ever held had a customer service focus, whether it be working at Dixie Lee Fried Chicken when I was 15 or the Director at Luther Village on the Park. I am extroverted and therefore love working with people. In terms of my education, I was accepted into the Journalism program at Carleton University in 1988. Upon graduation I got a job as a flight attendant and travelled to many parts of the world. After a few years of this challenging yet interesting job, I decided it was time for a change and enrolled in social work program at Conestoga College. And the rest, as they say, ishistory! I went on to complete a Bachelor of Social Work and eventually my Master of Social Work. I’ve worked for Lutherwood since 2003 holding a variety of leadership positions withinMental Health, Housing & Employment. Before that I worked in a variety of nonprofit sectors related to child welfare, poverty alleviation, and addictions. I love working at Lutherwood so I was thrilled when the opportunity to work at Luther Village on the Park arose.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by people! I surround myself with people who are disciplined, creative, active, tenacious, compassionate, kind, open and positive. I love humour and am drawn to people who are genuine and like to laugh. I love the arts, and aesthetics. For example, I love music and film, interior and graphic design, and fashion. I am passionate about issues of social justice - poverty reduction and homelessness prevention, especially. I’m interested in current events, politics, and popular culture.
What are some of your personal interests outside of work?
I love running, seeing live music, documentaries and independent films (I try to go to the Toronto International Film Festival every year), reading and travelling.
What has been your experience at Luther Village so far?
I am loving my experience at Luther Village. I find the people – residents and staff – warm and welcoming and my role is very interesting! No two days are the same and there is a lot of variety. As someone who has worked previously in food services, activities, and housekeeping, I can relate to the hard work that’s accomplished here every day. The maintenance team has provided me with a great orientation too! December 8th was my most enjoyable day at work so far, when I accompanied residents to Waterloo Park to look at the Christmas lights.
What do you think are the most important issues facing seniors today?
I think the most important issues today for seniors are income security, housing, health and well-being, and being heard and valued (and not dismissed).
We hope you will join us in giving Rebecca a warm welcome to Luther Village! And we hope you, our residents, family and friends, also feel welcomed to get to know her better. Don’t be shy—say hi! And as always, please feel free to contact her if you have any questions related to life at Luther Village. Her phone number is 519-783-3710 x 1242.