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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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