Licensee/ Administrator – Archie MacGowan
Hello and welcome to Braemar!!
My name is Archie MacGowan, and I am the Administrator and Owner of the home. I was born and was raised in King City until the age of 13 when my family all moved to Wingham. They had purchased Brookhaven and Calendar nursing homes where I began by cutting grass and assisting with painting and maintaining the buildings. My Father Mac was the administrator, my Mother Janet (Tig) did the payroll and kept the books and my Grandmother Ann volunteered and helped with resident activities. Eventually I took over the oversight of the housekeeping department as well as maintenance and did payroll. In 1998 I became the administrator while my father continued to come in and assist with various projects until his passing in 2009. I have one son Ryan who you may see working around the building as he helps with Maintenance.
We are a truly person centered, family owned, and operated home and we take great pride in ensuring that we create purpose for all who come to call this their home.
Director of Care – Amanda Henbid RN BScN
My name is Amanda Henbid and I am pleased to be joining the Braemar team as the Director of Care. My experience consists of Long-Term Care leadership positions including Assistant Director of Care, Director of Care and Administrator roles, as well as prior hospital nursing roles in intensive care and medical/surgical units. I am trained in Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPSE) and am completing my Human Resources Certificate through McMaster University. I have a passion for program development and implementation, and I am a strong advocate for implementation of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to care. I look forward to working with and supporting all the residents, families and staff who are part of the Braemar family. Please feel free to drop into my office to say hello when you are in the home, I look forward to meeting you!
Office Administration – Taylor Morrison
My name is Taylor Morrison and I am Office Administration at Braemar. I started my role in June 2021 and my focus is to ensure that the schedule is kept up to date and to complete payroll. I am currently enrolled in the Medical Clerk program online and am working to complete that while I continue to learn and grow in my role at Braemar. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know each of the residents and seeing them throughout the day when I wander through the hallways. I love seeing what they are getting up to each day and enjoy all the warm hello’s that I get when I see them! Our Braemar team is great and we look forward to having you be a part of our family. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me.
Scheduler & Administration Support – Sarah Burgess
My name is Sarah Burgess, and I am the scheduler and admin support here at Braemar. I have been with Braemar for over 2 years now. I started out as a personal support worker and have now been doing scheduling for the past six months.
Just a bit about myself, I grew up on a dairy farm where we milk 60 cows, half Holsteins, and half Jerseys. I have a love and a passion for the agricultural industry, as well as the health care world. I have 5 siblings, two loving parents, and blessed to be the aunt to 16 nieces and nephews.
I have always had a passion for the health care industry. My first job in health care was at Brucelea Haven in Walkerton as a nursing student aide. Once I had graduated from high school, I went onto post-secondary at Georgian College in the nursing program. I have been working as a PSW for over 9 years. I had gotten the opportunity to branch out and move into the office to do scheduling and administrative duties. I have been loving it since and hope to advance my knowledge and learn more while in this position.
Braemar has given me the opportunity to grow and advance my knowledge and learning and I am forever grateful.
Professional Practice & Resident Care Coordinator – Tammy Mitchell
Hello and Welcome to Braemar! My name is Tammy Mitchell, and I am the Professional Practice & Resident Care Coordinator here at Braemar. I am a graduate of Recreation Therapy and continued my education into Healthcare Management. I have been working in the sector for 17 years. I began my journey at Braemar in 2019 as the Acting Director of Recreation, transitioning in September 2020 to this new opportunity. My role as the Professional Practice and Resident Care Coordinator is to foster a culture of resident safety and quality care by strengthening structures and processes to promote excellence in inter-professional practices. My role also provides me with the opportunity to assist with the education, implementation, and longevity of Braemar’s partnership with the RNAO in being a Best Practice Spotlight Organization. My goal is to change the way we care for the people living in long term care and am passionate about systematic culture change within the sector. Throughout my career I have always been passionate about person centered care. Creating purpose in the lives of the individuals we support through meaningful needs and abilities-based programming.