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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 Guelph, 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

Brenda Enright, Franchise Owner

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

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 Guelph / Cambridge 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.
Larissa Lorek, RPN,  General Manager Home Instead Senior Care Guelph / Cambridge

Larissa Lorek, General Manager

Larissa comes to us with previous Home Instead experience. She has returned determined to show the Guelph community what “Living Home Instead,” truly means. Larissa has a RPN Diploma which gives her a valuable perspective and assists in supporting our CAREGivers. She believes that building trusting relationships with aging adults and their families is a privilege and should not be taken lightly. Originally with a background in customer service, Larissa found herself gravitating towards the health and senior care in college and she finds working with families and getting to know clients on a more personal level both beneficial and extremely rewarding. She strives to be an approachable leader and always tries to put herself in others’ shoes. Larissa is a wife and mom of two girls and in her spare time she works in her studio as a woodworking artist.

Paul Alavathil, Director of Business Development

Paul Alavathil, Director of Business Development

​Paul is grateful to now be able support his community. His career with Home Instead has given him the opportunity to connect with the vast amount of resources that exist to family CAREGivers and their senior loved ones, including those provided by Home Instead. He is a good listener and will do his best to understand your unique needs and present you with only the very best of options. His goal is return family caregivers to the role of spouses, sons and daughters and seniors to higher quality of life, by ensuring that your CAREGiver and solutions are "best-fit".
Cassidy Stewart, Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator, HI Senior Care Kitchener-Waterloo

Cassidy Stewart, Home Care Consultant

Cassidy has always had a passion for aiding others and providing support to those who need it most. From working as a nanny to small children and being a huge part of her nieces and nephews’ lives, she realized that she wanted to be in a field where she can directly impact the lives of others in her community. After studying languages at Wilfrid Laurier University, she found herself with an opportunity to work in real estate law assisting clients complete one of their most important transactions. Not long after joining the workforce Cassidy realized real estate law was not her passion and wanted something more, which lead her to Home Instead. After reading about Home Instead, Cassidy automatically felt a pull towards the company and knew there was something for her there. Cassidy joined Home Instead as a Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator utilizing her drive and passion to aid in finding the best CAREGivers for our clients. Not long after joining the team she was promoted to Home Care Consultant, where she now networks with community partners in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph to provide them with the best home care resources to assist their wide variety of clients and their challenging needs.

Michelle Hefford, Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator, Home Instead Guelph

Michelle Hefford, Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator

Michelle comes to us with over 10 years of customer service experience. She is a graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University’s Bachelor of Commerce program where she specialized in Retail Management. As someone who is passionate about building relationships, Michelle decided to continue her studies in Human Resource Management at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She is excited to begin her journey here at Home Instead and build lasting relationships. In her free time, Michelle enjoys reading books and spending time with her dog and family.

Tulio Done, Service Coordinator, Home Instead Guelph

Tulio Done, Service Coordinator

Tulio is driven by a passion to help others receive the care and comfort they truly deserve. Through working as a Service Coordinator, he has the opportunity to connect clients with the caregivers that best suit their needs. With an extensive background in sales, marketing, customer service and appreciation, his skills mesh naturally with community care as well. Born and raised in Brazil, where he completed his schooling and graduated in Production Engineering and has also worked as an engineer, he moved to Canada 3 years ago to pursue his dreams. Since then, he came across the business world in a different way as he completed a Business Administration program at Toronto School of Management with a deeper focus on sales and business development and succeeded as a sales consultant for Telus. His mindset is driven by challenges and that pushes him to achieve his goals. Tulio has always wanted to dedicate his time and effort to making a difference in the world, by using a humane approach to everything he does and is ecstatic to be joining the Home Instead team to assist seniors in living their most fulfilling life. In his spare time, Tulio is passionate about discovering new cultures, and travelling with friends and family.

Jerry Rego, VP of Operations, Home Instead

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.

Geeve Sandhu, Vice President of Growth

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.
Dan Gallagher, Director of Community Relations

Dan Gallagher, Director of Community Relations

Dan connects community partners with home care resources, so that they can assist families find solutions to their unique challenges. He is focused on helping seniors live active lives as independently as possible. Dan is routinely “out and about” in the community, conducting in-service presentations and sharing Home Instead's public education programs (i.e. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and palliative care). Additionally, Dan plays an active role in supporting non for profits, including Be a Santa to a Senior, Give Tuesday and Give 65. In his spare time, Dan enjoys a good game of golf.
Rosie Jabbal, Recruitment Coordinator

Rosie Jabbal, Recruitment & Retention Specialist

Rosie has an extensive background in customer service. She previously worked as a manager in the hospitality industry an it was there that she first learned how to build valuable lasting relationships. Rosie wanted to apply her skills to a field where she could make a bigger difference and help others in her community. She began her journey with Home Instead, as a Service Coordinator and in this role she built strong ties to clients and CAREGivers. Because of her success in that role and because opportunity met with skill and training, she was promoted to Recruitment Coordinator and years later she was earned her current role as Recruitment & Retention Specialist. Rosie earned her diploma in Human Resources from Sheridan college, so she will bring both experience and education to this role and continue to build on our roster of exceptional CAREGivers. She will focus on CAREGivers that build trust, take the lead and who share their heart.
Ramona Sabau, Enterprise Administration Manager

Ramona Sabau, Enterprise Administration Manager

​As the Enterprise Administration Manager, Ramona recognizes the importance and value of providing high-quality services to our CAREGivers, our office employees and our clients. Her extensive experience as office manager and her background in accounting are serving her in managing the payroll, accounting, client invoicing and all other day to day office challenges here at Home Instead. Ramona loves multi-tasking and helping people. She is very excited to be part of the Home Instead team because she gets to do what she loves. In her spare time, Ramona likes to get outside and spend time with her family.
Ray Bagaoisan, Bookkeeper

Ray Bagaoisan, Bookkeeper

​"I am a greater believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work the more I have of it" is a quote by Thomas Jeffreson that Ray identifies with and which inspires him. Ray finished his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the Philippines and has since had extensive experience in accounts payable and accounts receivable. He furthered his skills by successfully completing courses in accounting and payroll administration. During those years, he worked for various companies providing accounting services. He also developed strong interpersonal skills and an natural ability to build strong and lasting relationships. Ray knows his talents are the right fit with Home Instead, and in his own unique way, will support the business and provide service excellence.
Erin Christiano,  Manager of Quality & Standards

Erin Christiano, Manager of Quality & Standards

Erin has joined Home Instead as Manager of Quality & Standards after a lengthy career in the Food Service industry. For over 20 years Erin has had many roles such as lead trainer for Canada opening up new franchisee restaurants, to working within the Franchisee head office in various roles, to finally owning 2 franchise’s along with her husband. She also started a separate food and beverage catering company working with private clubs for the past 11 years. During the course of time, Erin was honoured to be involved with numerous charities such as Heart and Stroke Foundation, Relay for Life, MS Society, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Run for the Cure. Erin is very excited to join Home Instead as her passion for Seniors started from a young age, by volunteering at a retirement home doing odd jobs for those who needed help. But quickly discovered the Seniors wanted more of companion. Erin was extremely fortunate to grow up having both sets of grandparents very active in her life with weekly visits, As she grew older, she started to see their health challenges take over which caused her to be even more involved in their lives. Erin is excited to complete the full circle working with such an amazing organization helping Senior’s continue to live their best life.

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Thanks for everything. I appreciate this support more than you really know. :)