Our Team

at Oakpark Retirement

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Meet Our Team

Our team is comprised of dedicated and qualified professionals who are committed to providing excellent service to our community members.

Mike Traub portrait

Years at Riverstone: 13

Mike Traub

Vice-President, Riverstone Retirement Communities

Mike Traub portrait

Years at Riverstone: 13

With a bachelor of commerce specializing in hotel and food management, Mike began his career managing luxury first-class hotels. Over the next 20 years, he built on that experience, extending his expertise to include managing a range of retirement residences, as well as a variety of other innovative properties. Mike has garnered a solid reputation as a respected and ethical operator, earning top ratings from the Ontario Retirement Communities Association.

Now, as Vice-President of Riverstone Retirement Communities, Mike is excited about the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives and offer the same quality of care that his own grandmother once enjoyed. He’s proud to be managing a company that aims to be at the forefront of retirement living in the Ottawa area. It began with Oakpark, then expanded to Bridlewood Trails, Maplewood, Carlingwood and Stirling Park. But it won’t stop there; drawings and plans for future developments are on the horizon. Riverstone, like Mike, is just getting started.

Nancy Brideau

General Manager

Nancy Brideau graduated from Algonquin College in nursing. Nancy remained in nursing and enjoyed all it had to offer. Opportunity arose to enter a role in management and Nancy stepped up to the challenge. Opportunity has knocked once again and Nancy is now the General Manager at Oakpark. Nancy brings with her eighteen years of experience within the retirement community. Nancy is excited to meet with you and offer you the peace of mind you deserve.

Caitlin MacKenzie

Marketing Manager

Caitlin MacKenzie is a graduate of Carleton University. An Ottawa native who spent some time living in the Maritimes. She is passionate about working with seniors and older adults. Growing up she would spend her days off from school going to the retirement communities and long term care homes with her parents where they worked. She enjoyed visiting and hearing the residents stories. Her first job in high school was as a dietary aide in long term care. She has worked and volunteered in the retirement and long term care industries in many different capacities.

In 2019 an opportunity came for her to take a position in sales and marketing in retirement, and without hesitation she made a career change! She is truly passionate about people, seniors and retirement communities. She honoured to help seniors make informed and positive decisions that best meets their individual needs.

An avid reader, she is always up for a good story! She enjoys traveling, yoga, hiking with her French Bulldog and spending time with her family at the cottage in the Ottawa Valley.

Caitlin is excited to be joining the Riverstone management team at Oakpark, and shares their values excellence and respect for retirement communities and living.

Cheryl Gothard, RN  portrait

Years at Riverstone: 8

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Cheryl Gothard, RN

Director of Care

Cheryl Gothard, RN  portrait

Years at Riverstone: 8

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Cheryl Gothard is a Registered Nurse with more than 38 years of broad nursing experience behind her. She joined the Riverstone Team in 2012 and assumed the position of Director of Care in February 2013. She has extensive experience in community nursing, geriatric and psychiatric care and her compassionate approach to her position is second to none.

Dignity, respect and maintaining the highest level of independence possible are some of the core values that she believes in. Cheryl is honoured, along with her warm and friendly staff to be trusted with ensuring your loved ones receive holistic nursing care in a respectful, warm, and knowledgeable manner.

Taylor Toll portrait

Years at Riverstone: 2

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Taylor Toll

Activity Manager

Taylor Toll portrait

Years at Riverstone: 2

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Taylor has always been interested in the field of recreation and has a passion for working with seniors. Upon graduating from Algonquin College's Recreation and Leisure program Taylor joined the Riverstone team as a Receptionist and Activities Assistant. Over the last two years Taylor has gained valuable experience working directly with seniors with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Always looking to broaden her horizons, Taylor continued her studies and recently graduated from Douglas College's End of Life Doula program.

Taylor is extremely proud to join the Management Team at Oakapark, and looks forward to creating engaging programs that will improve the lives of its residents.

Antonieta Manuel portrait

Years at Riverstone: 4

T: 613-260-7144

Antonieta Manuel

Office Manager

Antonieta Manuel portrait

Years at Riverstone: 4

T: 613-260-7144

Antonieta Manuel joined Oakpark in 2016 as a Receptionist and was promoted to Office Manager in 2018. She is responsible for our daily office operations, supporting the General Manager as needed and is a vital member of the Management team. Along with her day to day duties she also oversees our team of friendly Receptionists.

Antonieta graduated from Algonquin College, completing a three year Business Administration Diploma with a major in Marketing. Having lived in Moscow, Russia for many years, Antonieta is fluent in Russian along with Portuguese and English and enjoys traveling, music and reading. She values her faith, family and friends and enjoys assisting our Oakpark residents!

Samira Nesrallah  portrait

Years at Riverstone: 12

T: 613-260-7144

Samira Nesrallah

Food Service Manager

Samira Nesrallah  portrait

Years at Riverstone: 12

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Samira Nesrallah began her career with Oakpark Retirement Community in August 2008 as the Dining Room Manager and was promoted to Food Services Manager in 2010. She brings a personal background in restaurant and food management and is committed to ensuring that all food production, menu planning, presentation and management of the kitchen and dining rooms remain to high standards.

Samira enjoys interacting with the residents and strives to ensure that the dining experience is positive. She accepts and welcomes feed back from the residents on a regular basis and facilitates a Food Committee Meeting monthly.

Giovanni Para, RN, SMT portrait

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Giovanni Para, RN, SMT

Environmental Service Manager

Giovanni Para, RN, SMT portrait

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As Environmental Service Manager at Oakpark, Giovanni Para is responsible for managing and supervising the laundry, housekeeping, and maintenance services. Giovanni is a graduate of the Building Environmental Systems Operator program at Algonquin College and has extensive experience in hospitality and maintenance. In addition to his experience as a housekeeper, Giovanni has worked as a Building Superintendent with two different property management companies in Ottawa.

Giovanni is a hard worker and a dedicated family man. In Giovanni’s own words, “I am tenaciously optimistic! I tend to ‘stay on track’ and I don’t give up until the goal is met and the task is done!”

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Testimonials

What our Residents are Saying

“My husband and I stayed in the guest suite for 2 nights in April 2016, while visiting my Mum who resides here. Our stay was outstanding. The facility was well maintained and the staff were helpful with any queries and friendly. We felt welcomed. Three meals a day were included in the very reasonable overnight rate. Food was excellent.”

– Gillian

“My mother has lived at Oakpark for 8 years now. The staff are always friendly & very helpful...always going the extra mile to assist my mother & the other Residents.”

– Diane