Our Story

St. Peter’s is a not for profit organization, operated by Thrive Group. Thrive Group has been created to bring like minded organizations together to develop a broad range and continuum of services that enable clients to live fulfilling lives and as independently as possible. Thrive Group organizations operate independently but collaboratively with other organizations in the network. Benefits of membership include the opportunity to enhance client service, more efficient use of resources, and lower cost of service delivery. As a network, Thrive Group organizations also have access to operational synergies in human resources, finance, Information Technology and overall administration.

Our Philosophy

We believe living well is an art not a science. The Thrive Group makes living life well, on our own terms, a reality. With an integrated service delivery model, Thrive provides a healthy living experience that meets service, safety and care requirements in environments designed for people with unique needs.

Our Mission

Thrive Group provides a spectrum of integrated services to support and care for individuals to live as independently as possible. By bringing together like-minded organizations we will:

  • Develop and deliver quality services that are responsive and innovative
  • Enhance collaborative approaches to service provision
  • Inform government directives and influence health care system transformation, and
  • Create efficiencies and reduce duplication.

Our Vision

Building a community of quality and responsive services in a highly integrated and transformed health care system.

Our Values

Building a community of quality and responsive services in a highly integrated and transformed health care system.

Teamwork is essential for our success. We believe we are more effective together than individually. We require our collective knowledge and skills to accomplish great things. Our employees and volunteers are expected to work in collaboration with each other, our clients, residents and family members. By building strong and effective partnerships with our community and funders we believe we can build more accessible and cohesive systems of care for all.
Honesty and transparency are fundamental in building relationships with our clients and residents, partners, funders, families and community. We are trustworthy and ethical in all our dealings and hold our employees and volunteers to the highest standards of conduct. We value open, honest and direct communication and encourage regular feedback from our employees and volunteers, clients, residents and stakeholders.
Respect is required in all our interactions. We respect the privacy and dignity of our clients and residents and will provide them with support and services that allow them to live as safely and independently as possible. We value and celebrate diversity in our clients, residents and colleagues. We respect the environments within which we work and will strive to maintain them to the highest standards possible.
Innovation and progressive approaches to care are essential in meeting the current and growing needs of our clients and residents. We are committed to continuous learning and development, and encourage our employees and volunteers to strive to be the best that they can be. We are committed to learning new approaches and open to researching and implementing best and most promising practices to ensure we remain a leader in the field of human service provision.
Versatility ensures our ability to adapt and change to meet growing demands with limited resources. We are committed to building services and systems that are responsive, timely and cost efficient. We will remain solution-focused and will provide our clients, residents and stakeholders with demonstrated value without compromising quality of service. We will build a culture of responsibility and accountability across all organizational systems.
Excellence is a fundamental requirement in all we do. We are committed to building a leading-edge organization that attracts and retains a highly qualified and engaged workforce. Through the expertise and commitment of our employees we will subsequently develop high quality programs, services and systems that are held in the highest regard across the wider health and social service sector.

Our Board of Directors

St. Peter’s is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who are committed to ensuring the highest level of quality care is provided.

Sean Casey
Don Ross
David Montgomery
Terry Anderson
Bruce Warrington
Sue Rivers
Christine Sawchuck
Dr. Brenda Vrkljan
Laurie Fox
Ruth Liebersbach

Our Leadership Team

Steve Sherrer

CEO

Renee Guder

Administrator

Jennifer Banks

Director of Care

Melanie Breeze

Manager of Resident Services

Nicole Dalton

Resident Care Supervisor

Steve Sherrer

CEO

Steve Sherrer is the Chief Executive Officer of Thrive Group and provides leadership and strategic direction to all operating organizations; Thrive Group, St. Peter’s, AbeLiving and Capability Support Services. In addition to his operational responsibilities, Steve fosters community collaboration with partner organizations and works closely with funders such as the LHIN to develop creative solutions to pressing issues that affect our community.

Renee Guder

Administrator

Renee Guder provides leadership and oversight for all operations at St. Peter’s Residence. She ensures that care and service are provided in a manner that fulfills our corporate mission.

You can reach Renee at [email protected] or at extension 15550.

Jennifer Banks

Director of Care

Jennifer Banks is the Director of Care and provides leadership for registered staff (RNs and RPNs) and medical staff. Jennifer oversees the nursing department and clinical practice in the home. Jennifer is on the Safe Medication Administration Resource Team (SMART) as well as the Wound Care and Behaviour Committee.

Jennifer can be reached at [email protected] or at extension 15526.

Melanie Breeze

Manager of Resident Services

Melanie Breeze is the Manager of Resident Services. She provides leadership to the therapeutic, recreational programming, and volunteer teams. Melanie is also the Registered Social Worker in the home, and she provides direct counselling, intake assessments, resident and family support, and advocacy in accordance with each resident’s care plan. Melanie is Co-Chair of the Ethics committee and is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

You can reach Melanie at [email protected] or at extension 15556.

Nicole Dalton

Resident Care Supervisor

Nicole Dalton leads our assessment, documentation & Nursing Rehab Restorative Care Programs in the home. She is the Resident Care Supervisor for Birch and Cedar terraces. Nicole is Co-Chair of our Safe Client Handling Committee.

You can reach Nicole at [email protected] or at extension 15548.

Jennifer Walker

Resident Care Supervisor

Andrea Dean

Resident Programs Supervisor

Joanne de Gooyer

Resident Care Supervisor

Ruth Huckson

Housekeeping Manager

Ken Matheson

Maintenance Manager

Jennifer Walker

Resident Care Supervisor

Jennifer Walker is the Resident Care Supervisor for Dogwood and Elm Terraces. She is the Infection Prevention and Control point person in the home. Jennifer is the Co-Chair of the Ethics committee and belongs to the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Team.

You can reach Jennifer at [email protected] or extension 15578.

Andrea Dean

Resident Programs Supervisor

Andrea Dean is the Resident Programs Supervisor. She provides leadership to the recreation programmers, and oversees the overall day-to-day operation of recreation services in the home. Andrea supports Residents’ and Family Council in a liaison role, as well as behaviour management and Montessori initiatives in the home.

You can reach Andrea at [email protected] or at extension 15558.

Joanne de Gooyer

Resident Care Supervisor

Joanne de Gooyer is the Resident care Supervisor for Fir, Garland and Aspen terraces. She is the primary contact for admissions and bed management. Joanne is Co-Chair of the Safe Client Handling Committee.

Joanne can be reached at [email protected] or at extension 15579.

Ruth Huckson

Housekeeping Manager

Ruth Huckson is responsible for the operation of the housekeeping department, including laundry services. Ruth manages all work activities of the housekeeping personnel to ensure an aseptically and aesthetically pleasing environment for residents, families,

You can reach Ruth at [email protected] or extension 15555.

Ken Matheson

Maintenance Manager

Ken Matheson leads the maintenance team ensuring repairs and preventive maintenance are performed daily to provide a comfortable and safe environment for staff and residents. He is a member of the Health and Safety Committee.

You can reach Ken at [email protected] and the Maintenance department can be reached at extension 15609.

Lori Van Stralen

Nutrition Manager

Jennifer Neiser

Volunteer Manager

Markie Ryckman

Occupational Therapist

Patrick Howarth

Nutrition Manager

 

Lori Van Stralen

Nutrition Manager

Lori Van Stralenr is the Nutrition Manager responsible for resident nutritional assessments and nutritional care in collaboration with the Registered Dietitian. She works closely with the full time Nutrition Manager for the day-to-day operations of the Dietary Department.

You can reach Lori at [email protected] or at extension 15585.

Jennifer Neiser

Volunteer Manager

Jennifer Neiser leads the volunteer program at St. Peter’s Residence. She conducts all aspects of volunteer screening, training and supervision. Our active volunteers provide thousands of hours of service each year and are involved in a wide array of programs including supporting staff in physio, the Hair Salon, Recreation Programs, Meal Enhancement and Friendly visiting.

You can reach Jennifer at [email protected] or at extension 15557.

Markie Ryckman

Occupational Therapist

Markie Ryckman is the Occupational Therapist (OT) for Thrive Group. She is responsible for the development of the OT program and direct delivery of OT services. Currently, OT services include wheelchairs, positioning, falls prevention, splinting, assistive devices and assistance with wounds and behaviour management.

Markie can be reached at [email protected] or at extension 15614.

Partick Howarth

Nutrition Manager

Patrick Howarth is a Nutrition Manager in charge of Food Production. He works with the Registered Dietitian to ensure that residents’ nutritional needs are being met. Together with the president of the Resident’s Council, he Co-Chairs the Food Committee which works to ensure that food quality and quantity are maintained to high standards in the home.

You can reach Patrick at [email protected] extension 15552.