Getting to Know Our Team – Dan Janzen, Social Worker

Dan has worked at Menno Place for just over three years. He has 16 years of combined experience working in residential care and as an employment coordinator, assisting individuals with mental health and developmental disabilities with finding and maintaining work in their community. He is an incredible asset at Menno Place.

Today, we asked him a couple questions to get to know him better!

Getting to Know Our Team — Trisha Giesbrecht, Manager of Care and Quality Improvement

Trisha is the Manager of Care for Menno Hospital and our Quality Improvement Lead.
We wanted to get to know her, so we sat down for a Q+A…

Getting to Know Our Team – Jennalene Steinbichler, Music Therapist

Jennalene is a music therapist at Menno Place. She is incredibly passionate about her job, and we wanted to get to know her a bit better…

Getting to Know Our Team – Karen Baillie, CEO

Meet our CEO!
Karen leads with a beautiful, sincere faith and brings a determined passion to her role here. We asked her a few questions to get to know her a bit more…

Getting to Know Our Team – Joanne Sweeney – Recreation and Volunteer Manager

JOanne-Sweeney

Joanne Sweeney recently joined the Menno Place Leadership Team, bringing skill and enthusiasm to the Recreation and Volunteer programs for residents. Bubbly vibrancy, unbounding enthusiasm and genuine joy mark the heart and life of Joanne. Here are a few questions we asked to get to know her a bit better.

Q: What training did you get in order to do your job here at Menno Place?

A: Kwantlen University College – specialized in geriatric recreation
18 years of management in Recreation in Home Health as well as residential and complex care. I am an Osteofit Instructor, a Ceramaicist and an Art Teacher

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

A: Part of the Canadian Senate

Q: What do you do to relax?

A: I don’t relax… lol
I read, but not much.
I like being busy, I’m constantly running.
I love thinking, dreaming, planning.
I think outside the box.

Q: What two radio stations do you listen to most in your car?

A: I don’t. I prefer the music on my iPod.
It’s every type of music form the Andrew Sisters to ZZ Top and everything in between.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Menno Place?

A: My favorite thing is all the friendly, kind staff. Everyone is passionate about their job – they are here for the right reasons!

Q: What is your favourite place that you’ve been to?

A: Ireland. That’s where my family is from. My grandparents, aunts and uncles all still live there. It’s my best place… when I get to go home. We went home every year for 18 years… mom sacrificed having a car so that we could go home every year.

Q: What is your favourite family recipe?

A: Guiness Stew and some Irish soda bread – that’s the best!

Q: What was your first job?

A: I worked as a cashier at Save-On-Foods when I was 14.

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: I collect dirt and sand from all over the world. I’ve travelled alot – most of the world. I have cabinets of little glass bottles of sand and dirt. It was always a cheap way of bringing back a souvenir.

Q: Who knows you the best?

A: My mother!

Getting to Know Our Team – Ingrid Schultz, Chaplain

Ingrid-SchultzIngrid Schultz is an inviting and warm presence around Menno Place. Have you seen her as she goes from building to building?

Q: What training did you get in order to do your job here at Menno Place?

A: I studied the Bible and Theology at the Anabaptist Mennonite Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. I took a year of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver. I have also been a pastor for 20 years in Chicago and Vancouver.

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

A: I wanted to be a teacher. I did become one – working in Houston, BC, and in a little village in rural Bolivia

Q: What do you do to relax?

A: I read, journal, swim, walk and visit with friends.

Q: What two radio stations do you listen to most in your car?

A: I listen to CBC radio and to books on CD in the car. The Fraser Valley Regional Library has a great collection of books to listen to on tape with some wonderful readers. I’m never bored in traffic!

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Menno Place?

A: Our amazing staff, residents, families and volunteers. Each one has a story to tell and a gift from God to share with others. I love to see that happening. It is great to be a part of the Menno Place family.

Q: What is your favourite place that you’ve been to?

A: Yoho National Park. I’m going camping at the falls there this summer.

Q: What is your favourite family recipe?

A: I love my mother’s delicious goulash recipe! I’m still trying to get mine to taste like hers. My siblings say when I make it I don’t put enough wine in it! I’ll keep working on it!

Q: What was your first job?

A: Working in the laundry at the Vancouver General Hospital.

Q: Who knows you the best?

A: The 11 women who are a part of a group of former mission workers called “the Support Circle”. We have met once a year for the past 25 years for a week-long retreat. We share deeply about what is happening in our lives, what God is teaching us, decisions we are needing to make and then we pray for each other. We also have some great times of singing and worship. My favourite was in an empty grain silo in Kansas where the acoustics were fantastic and the hymns of praise seemed ready to raise the roof!

Getting to Know Our Team – Hilde Wiebe – Executive Director of Care Services

Hilde is our Executive Director of Care Services. From the outset of her nursing career, her focus and energies have been directed towards care for seniors. She has served in the capacity of general duty nurse, nurse manager, Director of Care and Director of Resident Programs in residential care facilities within Fraser Health. She believes deeply in the importance of competent and caring staff and works to support all of our care staff.
Read her Q+A below to find out a bit more about her…