Meet the Team

Amy McConnell, BA

Owner ~

Senior Living Advisor

 

As a former Marketing Director in the Ottawa retirement residences’, Amy was seeing an increase in confusion surrounding the retirement industry. As more homes were being built, care terms were being altered; seniors and their families were beginning to have a very hard time matching the homes offerings to their needs.

Amy wanted to create a complimentary service where seniors and their families could speak with one person who had the knowledge and expertise to match their needs and wants to the best retirement residence option, in a fraction of the time it would take the average family to do so.

Background

After completing both a Marketing degree and a Psychology degree, the senior industry called to Amy. In 2005, Amy began her career as a Recreation Coordinator but soon found that she enjoyed helping seniors find the perfect new home and quickly moved into Marketing. Amy has worked for multiple companies in Ottawa as a Marketing Director.

Personal

In her personal time, Amy is a member of the Kanata Legion where she volunteers her time. She enjoys being out in the community, lending a hand where needed. Amy is married and has a cat named Levon and a pup named Sigmund. She plays floor hockey, baseball and is an avid photographer.

Barb McDougall

Senior Living Advisor

 

Barb has been a senior volunteer in the mental health sector for over 10 years.   Her leadership roles have given her first-hand, real-life exposure to the challenges and needs faced by seniors and vulnerable populations.   With this knowledge, Barb understands the importance of providing an enriched experience for clients and their families as they look for a new home.

Barb’s passion to help others along with her expertise in marketing and sales are a huge asset to our clients.   Her compassionate and innovative approach to finding solutions for our clients will bring comfort knowing they have an advocate on their side during the decision-making and transition process.

Background

Barb started her career in media and continued to grow in her roles as a consultant and professor at Algonquin College.   She plays an active role in the community through her volunteer work with Alzheimer Society; both provincially and as a retired Board of Director for the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County.   Her past volunteers roles include Chair of various committees, President and Past President of the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region.

Personal

Barb is married with daughters.   She enjoys golfing in the summer, curling in the winter and dabbling in the garden.  Her favourite author is Mauve Binchy and has been known to watch the occasional episode of Coronation Street.

 

Jean Johnston-McKitterick

Senior Living Advisor

Jean  has  worked  in  Marketing  in  the  Corporate  sector  of  Ottawa  for  over  25 years.   She  has  worked  with  many  people  in  her  lifetime,  but  continues  to prefer  seniors.   She  believes  they  have  the  best  stories  and  she  loves  to  sit and  chat.   In  her  spare  time,  Jean  spends  time  with  her  aging  mother  and enjoys  playing  6  hand  euchre  and  bridge.

Jean  is  increasingly  concerned  with  the  aging  population  of  our  city  so  when she  learned  of  Tea  and  Toast  she  knew  she  had  found  her  calling.   Jean  has advocated  for  seniors  in  various  ways  for  many  years.   She  has  been  part  of the  fundraising  team  for  a  local  Long  Term  Care  Facility  and  even  worked there  for  a  short  stint.   Jean’s  priority  is  to  build  a  bond  of  trust  by  listening carefully  to  the  needs  of  her  clients  and  working  with  them  to  help  search  for the  perfect  retirement  living that  fits  their  lifestyle.

Background

Jean  started  her  career  in  Accounting  and  soon  found  that  her  bubbly personality  was  more  geared  toward  Marketing  and  working  with  people. Jean  plays  an  active  role  in  the  community  she  lives  in  and  coordinates  the Canada  Day  festivities  for  all  to  enjoy.   She  runs  a  euchre  club  where  she  is the  youngest  player  and  her  oldest  player  is  currently  91.   Jean  is  the  VP  for the  Gloucester  South  Seniors  Club  and  somehow  finds  time  to  complete financial  admin  for  the  Treasurer  of  the  local  hockey  association.

Personal

Jean  is  married  to  Chris  and  they  have  a  daughter  and  son  whom  they adopted  when  they  were  8  and  6  respectively.    She  enjoys  photography  and scrapbooking  (when  she  can  find  the  time)  and  playing  cards.   She  is  an  avid reader  and  loves  all  James  Patterson  novels.   Jean  and  her  husband  Chris love  date  night  at  the  movie  theatre

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