• MEDA Convention 2018

    MEDA Convention 2018

    A weekend of inspiration, networking and fun celebrating the power of entrepreneurship to alleviate poverty!

  • MEDA Convention 2018

    MEDA Convention 2018

    Roads to Enduring Livelihoods

9:00 a.m. - 05. Changing the World

Friday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m.
Business and Faith

Embracing a vision to “Change the World” peopleCare Communities is developing leaders through an opportunity to contribute by doing something beyond themselves. Designing a platform which gives team members more than time, money and technology to do their job; learning is inspired through experience; made possible by cultivating relationships and partners at home and around the world. It is the experience that ignites passion from within, far beyond classroom learning.

Connecting with MEDA’s Ghana GROW project has given the organization an understanding that while skill, knowledge and on the job training is essential to growth; leaders need something more. It is the emotional experience that inspires transformation.

Elaine Shantz,  President and COO, will moderate a panel discussion to share how this opportunity was created through “Beyond Ourselves”; and the way in which it was integrated across their organization.


Miriam Turnbull is the Chief Operating Officer of ProResp and a respiratory therapist with an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has extensive experience in the field of respiratory care and has worked in her current role of Chief Operating Officer with ProResp, a community respiratory services provider, for more than 15 years. Committed to leading her teams in making a difference in the lives of those ProResp serves, often in collaboration with key partners, Miriam readily stepped up to joining Elaine, a long-time partner, and stretching beyond herself with the Women Walking to GROW initiative.

Elaine ShantzElaine Shantz is the President and Chief Operating Officer for peopleCare Inc. a senior care organization that owns and operates seven long term care homes. Elaine has a wealth of experience in senior care, including opening numerous long term care and retirement homes. Elaine supports quality improvement and best practice in her role as a surveyor for Accreditation Canada and member of the Ontario Long Term Care Association Quality Committee. She serves as chair of MAX Canada Insurance Board of Directors. Previous careers included leadership roles in banking and hospitality. Elaine completed her MA Leadership at the University of Guelph. Her passion for ongoing leadership development includes customer service training, employee incentive, and succession and performance management programs for the senior care sector.

Andrea BrissetteAndrea Brissette is VP of Care and Clinical Services peopleCare Inc. and a Registered Practical nurse. She has had a career in nursing for 22 years. She has worked in Acute Care as an Inpatient Surgical nurse, after 17 years she made a change and went into Senior Living and has been with peopleCare Communities for 7 years Andrea has worked in a variety of Leadership roles in Nursing and Administration and is currently taking her Masters in Leadership. Andrea was a member of the team that visited the GROW project in Ghana in 2014.

Carol BradleyCarol Bradley is Executive Director of Oakcrossing Long Term Care, peopleCare Communities. Carol graduated from nursing school in 1979. She began her nursing career in Neonatal Intensive care and labour and delivery. In 1995, she changed career paths and began working in senior care. She has spent the past 22 years as Director of Care or Executive Director of Retirement Homes or Long Term Care Homes. Carol joined peopleCare over 9 years ago. The Ghana grow project resonated with Carol’s own beliefs that by empowering women to overcome poverty through business solutions, women will grow and their communities will benefit. She and her team have fundraised thousands over the last 3 years.