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.

Mike Brown portrait

Years at Riverstone: 1

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Mike Brown

General Manager

Mike Brown portrait

Years at Riverstone: 1

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Mike joined the Riverstone team in March 2019 bringing with him, over 30 years of experience in the retirement industry to his position as General Manager of Oakpark. Over his career in the retirement industry, Mike has held positions as General Manager, Regional Manager and as Director of Operations for a variety of companies. In addition, he served as the Regional President of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association for several terms and has volunteered, as a Board member, with a number of not for profit organizations.

Mike is excited to assume the role of General Manager at Oakpark, Riverstone’s first retirement community. He joins a strong team who provide unparalleled care and service to the many residents that call Oakpark their home.

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David O’Neill

Marketing Manager

David O’Neill portrait

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David O’Neill graduated from Carleton University with a BA in Political Science and History. In 2009 David decided to continue his education with the Recreation and Leisure program at Algonquin College, where he graduated with honors. He got his start working in the retirement industry in 2011 in the field of recreation, and his experience includes Long Term Care and Retirement Communities setting since 2011. In 2017 David made the move to Marketing where he discovered his true passion, of helping seniors to find a positive, happy, and safe environment to grow in. He truly enjoys working with seniors and strives to continue to make a positive difference in residents’ lives each and every day.

Dave is proud to work with an experienced Management Team who share the same values and is dedicated to quality and excellence.

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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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Antonieta Manuel portrait

Years at Riverstone: 4

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Antonieta Manuel

Office Manager

Antonieta Manuel portrait

Years at Riverstone: 4

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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

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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.

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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