Lucille Maillet: Administrator

Ever since I can remember, my inital dream was to become a teacher, and in 1977 I decided to apply to Université Sainte Anne. While awaiting my acceptance letter, I received a call from the Villa's administrator asking if I was interested in filling in the a three-month maternity leave in the Business Office.

When my acceptance letter finally arrived, I knew I belonged at the Villa. The residents and staff took me under their wing and helped me develop into the person I am today. In my studies and life journey, I realized that common sense, hard work, patience, a great team, and loving what you do goes a long way. Over the years I've held the positions of PCW, secretary, business manager, and for the last 20 years that of Administrator,. Hence, thirty-nine years later, I still enjoy coming to work and trying to make a difference in the lives of our residents and staff.

I wouldn't want to work anywhere but here and I consider both staff and residents as my extended family.

Brittney Amirault: Director of Recreation Services / Salon Rita Lead

My name is Brittney Amirault and I work as the Director of Recreation Services/Salon Rita Lead. I am also a student at Dalhousie University studying Therapeutic Recreation. After graduating high school, I was certain Social Work was going to be the career path for me. I spent some time volunteering with the Alzheimer's Society of Nova Scotia and found a true passion related to enhancing the care provided to people who are living with or who are affected by the disease. After working two summers as the recreation department aid here at Villa Acadienne I knew I had found a career that I truly felt passionate about. In April of 2016 I began my journey in my current position. Everyday is a new adventure, and every resident whom I get the chance to meet becomes a part of who I am.

"Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck. Your profession is what you're put here on earth to do with such passion and such intensity that is becomes a spiritual calling" -Vincent Van Gogh

Amanda Thibodeau: Director of Education Services / Bors d'en Bas Lead

Hello, my name is Amanda Thibodeau and I am a registered nurse who is employed at the Villa Acadienne with the responsibility of being the Director of Education Services and the BdB unit lead. The nursing profession has always been an interest of mine as I enjoy helping individuals in need. The geriatric population has always had a special place in my heart and providing nursing services for this population is truly rewarding to myself. Being exposed to this field of work allows me to face challenges which I enjoy tackling as they keep me learning and excited about the profession. Working at the Villa, allows me to work in an interdisciplinary manner where I can share and obtain knowledge from a variety of professionals, another element supporting my passion for nursing. Regardless of my job title and my responsibilities, I will never obliterate the basis of nursing and what it means to be a nurse. I will never hesitate to take the time to participate in either basic or advanced nursing skills and offer the best possible nursing care and nursing education towards residents, staff and families. I am dedicated in continuing on my nursing journey to the best of my abilities and simply try to enhance the lives of those who live at the Villa Acadienne.

Denise Romain: Director of Clinical Services / Département des Soins Lead

I started working at Villa Acadienne as a student Personal Care Worker while attending high school. This experience led me into furthering my education at the Halifax Infirmary School of Nursing where I completed the RN program. After starting my nursing career in acute care, I returned to Villa Acadienne as a Registered Nurse, became Supervisor of our 30 bed unit and assumed the role of Director of Clinical Services in 1999.

In 2004, I entered Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (Post RN) and completed my degree while continuing to work full-time.

I believe in Resident-Centered care and promote resident autonomy and choice. I consider myself fortunate to work in the place our residents call ‘home’.


Mark Doucet: Director of Environmental Services

With mostly mechanical, electrical, and plumbing experience, I worked in the automotive repair and shipbuilding industries. I was asked to come to the Villa for a few weekends to do some painting. After a few weekends, I was offered a position of part time housekeeper/maintenance worker. I had already come to realize that working in a long term care facility had many things I loved. Twenty-seven years later, I still love coming to work every day. I enjoy helping residents, families, and staff have a safe and comfortable experience here whether they are here for a short visit or a long term stay. The many people I've worked with, experiences I've had, residents and family member I've met have become a large part of who I am today.

Lianne Boudreau-Maltais: Director of Food Services / Dietician

The decision to move from the hospital setting to Villa Acadienne back in 2010 was an easy one. I truly enjoy being able to establish long term relationships with our residents and consider several of them as my adoptive grand parents. I was equally excited to take on the additional responsibility of overseeing the food production as it allowed me to positively influence the resident’s dietary choices and consequently their nutritional status. I believe we should savour every bite we eat and I strive to promote this by offering a menu that includes seasonal foods and lots of meals, desserts and snacks that are made from scratch.