Sunrise of Vancouver

Meet the Sunrise of Vancouver Team

Barbara Robertson

Barbara Robertson

Executive Director

"It has been my privilege to work for this incredible company and with this amazing team since January 2011. Most of my working career was in Retail Management, with a focus on opening and closing stores, customer service and making sure that everything is done the way it should be. I started my journey into Senior Care in 2004 with the decline of my parents, Dad passing in 2005 and Mom in 2006.

My career with Sunrise of Vancouver saw me starting as Director of Sales and then being promoted to Executive Director in January 2015. Being able to meet with families, that are facing challenges caring for their loved ones is a gift, one that I cherish every day. To be able to bring Sunrise to more families, offering assistance, compassion and support during these difficult times is my passion. To be able to come to work every day, for a company that strives to always be a leader in Senior Care, to be the best that it can possibly be and always works to be better, is a joy. I am truly blessed to surround myself with talented, passionate people daily and to be part of our residents and families journey during this part of their lives."

Russannah AbadRussannah Abad

Director of Sales

"I joined the Sunrise of Vancouver team in May 2008 as a part-time concierge and moved into the Director of Sales role thereafter. I am eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the most kind, loving and like-minded individuals during my time at Sunrise. The working environment and team at Sunrise have always been family-oriented and supportive, putting an emphasis on fulfilling the organization's mission: "To champion quality of life for all seniors".

It is my pride and joy to assist families during the decision-making process of moving a loved one into our community. Choosing a home for your loved one is a tough and sensitive decision, and should be handled delicately with excellent communication and empathy. I take pride in what I do, and there is nothing more fulfilling than watching a resident flourish and prosper after making the decision to join our Sunrise family. We strive to have a highly skilled, experienced and caring team that can provide your loved ones with above-and-beyond hospitality, a warm environment and opportunities to build long-lasting relationships with other residents and staff. A home is where you feel loved, appreciated and safe. I look forward to having the opportunity to show your family what has made Sunrise my second home and introducing you to the Sunrise family!"

Sarah McArthurSarah McArthur

Resident Care Director

"I joined the Sunrise of Vancouver team in August of 2017 as the Resident Care Director.

Working as a Registered Nurse for the last 18 years, my experience has been in acute, community & residential care settings, in a variety of nursing roles. Prior to joining Sunrise I had the pleasure of working as an Executive Director & Director of Care for 8 years, focusing on geriatrics & mental health. It is my passion to actively advocate for resident centered care & I believe strongly in Sunrise’s mission “To Champion quality of life for all seniors.”

I was ecstatic to find a company that focuses on the heart of what good quality care is for our seniors. Every day I get to come to work & walk through doors that get it right! Our team raises the bar for Residential Care and challenges everyone around them to do the same.”

Monique CassidyMonique Cassidy

Business Office Coordinator

"What brought me to Sunrise is the desire to serve and to be a part of a community that champions quality of life for all seniors. The foundational belief that every human life is sacred and valued and the core values of passion, joy in service, stewardship, respect, and trust empower me to provide the best possible service and care to our residents, families and team members.

As the newest member of the Sunrise family, I bring decades of experience in administration and customer service. My joy and fulfillment come when serving others. I am incredibly grateful and thankful to work along so many dedicated team members whose respect and genuine care for our residents can be witnessed each day."

Hans GutierrezHans Gutierrez

Reminiscence Coordinator

"I strongly believe in the company’s mission and principles of service. Being a part of The Sunrise Team since 2007 is truly a privilege.

With my past medical background from the Philippines, my knowledge and skills are a benefit to our beloved residents. Looking after our residents is challenging, as well as rewarding."

Steven DoughertySteven Dougherty

Residential Care Coordinator

"I have been working in the senior living industry since 2013 and joined Sunrise March of 2016, and am excited to continue spending many more years caring for your loved ones.

Sunrise has become more than a career for me, it is my second home, and the residents have become not only my friends, but my family. I never thought I would find myself here as my education is a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Post Grad in Project Management. I landed in this field after graduating and fell in love with it. My journey with Sunrise started off at our Ontario communities as the Activities & Volunteer Coordinator and the Business Office Coordinator. From there, I made a life move out to British Columbia where I have now taken on the role of Residential Care Coordinator here at Sunrise of Vancouver.

I am so proud to work for such a fantastic community, where the well being of our residents comes before anything. Sunrise stands for everything that I believe in, and I can't see myself being anywhere else. I can only hope that in my later years I can live somewhere that I am cared for as much as Sunrise cares for their residents.

I look forward to spending all my coming days protecting the health and lives of your loved ones."

Michelle KirbyMichelle Kirby

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

"I have been with Sunrise since 2003. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in the Philippines. Prior to holding my current position as Activities and Volunteer Coordinator in 2017, I was a Care manager, Lead Care Manager/Medication Care Manager and part time Activities & Volunteer Assistant for many years.

I love and enjoy every job I have had. I am committed, caring and have a great passion in championing the quality of life for all seniors. I pride myself in providing excellent service and seeing the positive impact I make in the lives of residents and their families. To give assistance to the residents based on their abilities and capabilities and see them able to make a difference for themselves is rewarding. Their happiness is my happiness. Their success is my success”.

Roger HuRoger Hu

Dining Services Coordinator

"Put a dash of passion into your work, and you will taste the juiciness of life!

I enjoy every moment with the Sunrise of Vancouver Family and love what I do every day. Despite having worked in this field since 2007, my enthusiasm for culinary arts hasn't diminished. Instead, my enthusiasm thrives and is enhanced even more with Sunrise. I am fortunate to be a member of this remarkably dedicated, passionate, and respectful team.”

Eric TrinidadErich Trinidad

Maintenance Coordinator

"I became a part of the Sunrise team in January of 2006. I was an Architect in the Philippines and have a lengthy background in hotels and hospitality. I have become committed to optimizing and maintaining a clean, safe and comfortable environment for all residents, their families, as well as the team members of Sunrise of Vancouver. My passion to serve those in my community is driven not only by Sunrise’s mission to "Champion the quality of life for all Seniors", but also through my own personal and traditional cultural values.

With Sunrise being my second home, the familial bond that has been established between my fellow team members has motivated me to encourage teamwork and communication, in order to deliver only the highest quality of care for our residents."

jenn doughertyJenn Dougherty

Sales Assistant

"I recently joined the Sunrise family and I’m looking forward to embarking on my career in senior living. Before transitioning into my new role in Sales, I was a Life Enrichment Manager. I’m excited to bring my experience in recreation and customer service and my enthusiasm to excel in my environments to the Sunrise community. I take pride in supporting families and their loved ones on their senior living journey by helping residents’ transition smoothly into their new home, seeing residents thrive after making the decision to join our community puts a smile on my face. 

I’m thankful to work along side so many dedicated and supportive team members whose care and compassion for our residents never goes unnoticed, fulfilling the organizations mission 'to champion quality of life for all seniors.' I’m thrilled to be in a rewarding career, and I look forward to having the opportunity to show your family why Sunrise of Vancouver is an amazing place to call home."

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