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Meet Our Team

We believe every family in the area deserves tailor made in-home senior care with a compassionate touch. That's why we established Home Instead® of Ottawa, ON.

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Proudly Serving Aging Adults & Their Families

Our Promise

As a locally owned business, our team offers friendly, responsive service right in your neighbourhood. Families love our team because we:
  • Do what we say we’re going to do – each and every time
  • Solve care problems using compassionate, person-centered solutions
  • Engage in thoughtful relationships with the families we serve
  • Give back to our community
About Us
Meet Our Team
Brenda Enright, Franchise Owner, Home Instead Ottawa

Brenda Enright, Franchise Owner

Working with seniors is something that was instilled upon me from a young age by my mother. When my mother was a volunteer visitor I would occasionally join her on her visits to see Katarina when I was about 8 years old. Katarina was Russian and spoke only a little bit of English. I still remember that Katarina would be in absolute amazement when I would put the straw in my drinking box – she had never seen anything like it and I would show her how it worked! In sharing the same passion with my mother, I continued on during my high school years volunteering at a Long Term Care facility & volunteer visiting also. Later in life when my grandmother was in Long Term Care, just over an hour away, I regularly went to visit her with my three children until she passed away in 2010. Seeing the enjoyment that she would get watching the children run around and engage her was priceless and truly memorable. Being the owner of Newmarket’s Home Instead allows me to work at my passion and sincerely feel like I am making a difference in a senior’s life. I am honored to have the privilege to provide services to our clients and it is something I take very personally.
Greg Bechard, Franchise Owner, Home Instead Ottawa

Greg Bechard, Franchise Owner

Greg, father to Liam and Ava, and husband to Shelley, is well known in the field of home care, but his roots have simple beginnings as his earliest recollections of senior activism refer to a time when his mom was involved with charities like Meals on Wheels and encouraged him and his siblings to do the same. Today, his sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Home Care Association, has strong ties to the Alzheimer Society Peel (including partnership in the Caregiver ReCharge Program) and focusses the efforts of the Ottawa office on philanthropy, public education and community outreach. He is an author of the book Trusted Transitions, was presented the Advocacy Award by Home Instead Corporate for his tireless efforts, and since 2009 has driven Home Instead to exceed the expectations of over 1000 seniors and their families, by striving for service excellence.

Paul Alavathil, Director of Business Development

For over 10 years Paul has been a great resource to family caregivers and community partners.  He is a great listener and empathetic to the demands placed on spouses, daughters and others who jump to the call of supporting an aging loved one.  He does his best to understand your unique situation and will provide you with options that address the challenges you and your loved one face.  He can help you navigate a hospital to home discharge, speak to the value of one-to-one support in retirement or long-term care or assist you in finding a compatible caregiver to support your loved one in any place that they call home, whether those needs be minimal to complex.  He is highly responsive and thinks outside the box; you are in great hands with Paul!  His favorite things: matcha, cycling, travel and his nephews … but not necessarily in that order. 😉

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Lise May, General Manager

​Lise began her career with seniors over 20 years ago in long term care as a Recreation Therapist. She quickly developed a fondness for working with clients with dementia. Over the years Lise has worked in the long-term care setting and hospital settings as well as Home Instead.

Lise began her time with Home Instead as a caregiver and moved into the office a few years later. Lise has worked in a variety of roles for Home Instead. She has watched the office grow from three people up to seven. Lise spends most of her out-of-work hours with her daughter and husband with several planned activities on the weekends.

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Leslie Olenczuk, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator

Leslie has been working with Home Instead since November 2021.

She is originally from Kingston Ontario and graduated the Personal Support Worker program in 2016.

Leslie enjoys working with the elderly and making a difference in their lives. Working as a recruitment and retention coordinator with Home Instead allows Leslie to still do this and not only make a difference in our clients lives but also our CAREGivers.

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Wendy Edelson, Client Care Coordinator

Wendy has worked in the Social Services field for 30 years. Wendy has worked with senior citizens, adults with developmental disabilities, people who have substance abuse issues and people who are experiencing homelessness. Additionally, she has over 12 years of counselling experience where she worked with people with developmental challenges where she would advocate a plan of care and assistance. Working as a Client Care Coordinator with Home Instead is the perfect match for Wendy’s skill set and interest. When Wendy is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, her horses, and travelling.

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Catherine Pearce, Service Coordinator

Catherine Pearce has worked in the health care industry for 4 years and counting. She started with Home Instead in September of 2022.

As part of working in the health care industry, Catherine has worked hard to support the elderly population in a retirement home as both a Resident Attendant and Unregulated Care Provider for nearly 2 years. She has lived in Ottawa since 2017 with her partner Kurtis, and enjoys going for runs along the Ottawa River, reading, and learning new languages.

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Divya Bhalla, Service Coordinator

I am Divya Bhalla. I am currently working as the Service Coordinator with Home Instead. I love my job because I like to help our elderly people to live a normal and happy life without any difficulty. My goal is to help all our elderly people as much as I can. I also have experience working as Recruitment Coordinator. I am passionate for helping people to find the right job at the right time. I landed as a student in 2019 from India and worked my way up to be working in different roles and helping our community to grow.

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Mikaela Leonardo, Education Coordinator

Over the course of several years, Mikaela has established genuine and trustworthy relationships with Caregivers, so transitioning from Key Player Assistant to Education Coordinator was an easy. She recognizes that providing Caregivers with education helps them take the lead with their clients, will empower them and allow them to provide specialized support. Her main goal is to ensure that Home Instead Caregivers feel prepared before their shifts and that they recognize their unlimited potential!

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Geeve Sandhu, Vice President, Growth

Geeve has had a lengthy career in the hospitality industry working with several national brands, occupying various roles including General Manager, Regional Manager and Executive Director of Operations. As an entrepreneur, he has owned and operated several independent pubs and restaurants throughout Southwestern Ontario. Geeve has a passion for growing businesses and understands that for successful business growth managers must grow their people first. Accordingly, Geeve has spent his career building teams and relationships, by engaging with all levels of an organization to achieve success together and works hard to be a servant leader. Geeve is excited to work at Home Instead, to give back to the community and supporting you and your aging loved ones. He is married to a Registered Nurse and he and his wife have two beautiful children along with a rambunctious chocolate lab named Portia. He has a passion for cooking, as the kitchen in his home is where you will find him most of the time making an Asian inspired meal, or just baking some delicious butter tarts! Geeve is an avid runner and has competed in several marathons along with many other races across Ontario.

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Jerry Rego, Vice President, Operations

Jerry is an enthusiastic brand champion and after researching Home Instead felt an instant connection to their guiding principles of building trust, taking the lead, and sharing your heart. Jerry is an experienced operations leader with a demonstrated history of success building great teams and growing businesses. Jerry has spent the last 20+ years in operations growing his passion for service excellence and uses his positively outrageous service to delight and astound clients. Jerry specializes in building strong supportive teams while coaching a people first culture across the organization to ensure we are making a difference in people’s lives daily. Jerry is always looking for ways to grow his skillsets and can often be found engaging in conversations with co workers and industry professionals while stepping outside his comfort zone to try something new. Jerry married his high school sweetheart, and they are now parents to 3 amazing children. Jerry spends as much time outdoors with his family as he can swimming, hiking, playing sports and enjoying nature.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Ottawa, ON possesses a heartfelt desire to work with seniors in the community. It is our ultimate goal to forge extraordinary relationships between our clients and their Care Professionals.

When you are ready for help, our caring staff is on call to quickly answer your questions and accommodate your senior services needs.

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