Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood, Midland (Change Location)

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 Barrie, ON.

Home Instead Caregiver helps senior woman unload groceries from vehicle

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
Lisette Wirta Franchise Owner

Lisette Wirta

Lisette is your new Home Instead Senior Care (HISC) franchise owner in Barrie, ON along with her husband Wayne who she considers to be the most important piece of her decision to help families and seniors in the community. Lisette has been recognized by the Business & Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Sudbury. She has been the driving force in initiating and implementing internationally renowned training standards in specialized areas like Alzheimer's disease. Furthermore, Lisette has secured contracts with the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), offering in-home respite care to Alzheimer's patients and their families. She was recognized with the Presidential Achievement award within the Home Instead franchise and the Canadian representative voicing Canada's interests and concerns. She is active in her community and is part of the Sudbury and Elliot Lake Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Sunrisers, the Ontario and Canadian Home Care Associations and the Brain Injury Association. She is a member and past board member of BPW of Greater Sudbury. And, is a host in the televised series Ageing in Action airing on Eastlink. She has grown HISC Sudbury, ON and the team to be a leader in the north. With her experience and as a Franchise Owner over the past 10 years there is no question she will inspire HISC Barrie to follow suit.

During her free time Lisette enjoys cooking and shopping although, her passion is traveling to different parts of the world in order to learn and understand different cultures.

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Wayne Wirta

Wayne is the new franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care (HISC) right here in Barrie, ON along with his wife Lisette who he considers to be his best friend, confidante and excellent business partner. Wayne was in the mining industry for 30 years and ended by managing the engineering department. Not ready to retire, he made a complete career change when he realized how important HISC was to seniors and families in his community. He has been part of the (HISC) family as Director of Operations at the Sudbury office. He will undoubtedly be an important piece of their new endeavor with HISC Barrie. His specialty is ensuring that his team is providing excellent client service. Not only will he be servicing the senior community in Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood and Midland, his portfolio also includes Sudbury, North-Bay, Sturgeon Falls, Espanola, Manitoulin Island, Elliot Lake, Blind River and Sault Ste. Marie.

It's a well known fact that Wayne is THE breakfast guru at family gatherings. He is also known to enjoy spending time at the lake, fishing, boating and relaxing near a campfire with family and friends. No question, he will help make a positive impact in the lives of seniors and their families in your community.

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Ann Donnelly - Office Manager

​Ann has joined the Home Instead team as Office Manager. With her many years of experience in administrative support roles she will have the ability to help in a variety of situations and will be able to help wherever needed. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and just enjoying life.

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Kandace Brockett - Service Coordinator

Kandace joined the Home Instead team as the Staffing Coordinator. Over the last 20 years Kandace has worked as a PSW. Kandace has a very strong and big heart and is looking forward to putting her skills into a team while making the difference and giving the best quality of life in senior lives and giving peace of mind to their families. Kandace also enjoys helping people be the best they can be, especially CAREGivers!!

Kandace is very family oriented and loves spending time with her hubby and being empty nested! Seeing her children grow into smart compassionate individuals is one of her biggest accomplishments.

When she is not at home Kandace enjoys being on the water either in a boat or swimming. She also loves listening to music, gardening, and cooking.
Brooke Johnston

Brooke Johnston -Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator

Brooke Joined Home instead as a key player assistant in June 2022. She is a graduate from St. Lawrence College and studied Human Resources. Brooke also worked as an HSW for a year and is looking forward to continuing to help improve the quality of life for seniors. Brooke has always been very sympathetic and caring for older adults.

In her spare time, Brooke likes to go to the gym, going for runs and socializing.
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Mary Anne Hartman - RPN



Mary Anne is joining our Home instead team as a RPN , she started as a PSW till graduating from the Practical Nursing Program in 2007.


Mary has a passion for Palliative Care and Diabetes. She has been a lifelong learner, obtaining certificates in Dialysis, Palliative Care both Adults and Pediatric ,  Diabetic Management, Wound Care level 2,

Advanced Foot Care, and Paralegal. During her free time photography, kayaking, camping and fishing are her favorite pastimes, as well as gardening and caring for her 2 Labs

Sara Hlywka

Sara Hlywka - Key Player Assistant

Sara is joining our Home instead team as a Key Player Assistant, she has worked in healthcare field for 10 years as a PSW and her last 2 years as a client care coordinator.


Sara enjoys promoting independence in her clients and loves that she can have an input to make that happen for our clients.


In her off hours you can find Sara relaxing after putting her children and dogs to bed while watching a new series on Netflix with her favourite snacks. She loves outings with her family during the summer; especially just hanging out by the pool all day.


Coralea DeWit - Student CarePro Administrative Assistant

Coralea joins Home Instead as a Summer CarePro Administrative Assistant.  She has graduated from Georgian College for Social Service Worker and is currently studying at Lakehead University for 4 years to obtain a bachelor’s degree.  Coralea has a passion for child welfare and hopes to one day to become a Child Advocate. 


In Coraleas’s spare time she enjoys going on spur of the moment adventures/ travelling.  Her favorite time of the year would be summer as she also loves to paddle board.  

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Barrie, 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.

Home Instead Caregiver wearing mask reading newspaper with senior man at home


Latest review from our community

“Home Instead (Barrie) provided invaluable help for my terminally ill husband and myself during his final weeks in our home. With speedy and efficient help from Derek, Kandace and Ann our service was started promptly. The caregivers assigned were gentle, effective, and knowledgeable. They assisted my husband with a variety of personal care needs and were constantly concerned for his comfort and well being. They helped me with housekeeping and laundry, finishing tasks quickly and willingly. We had a caregiver stay with us a few times overnight, once on very short notice. She arrived late at night, in a snowstorm, as concerned with helping me as my husband. I contacted Home Instead at a time of great stress and need and will always be grateful for their kindness, expertise and prompt, reliable service. Highly recommended” - Barbara