Arguably Trillium’s most scenic property, Acacia Ty Mawr is nestled amidst five acres of gardens and wooded glens in the community of Shawnigan Lake.
Originally a heritage house, Acacia Ty Mawr was transformed into a 35-suite residence, revitalizing the government-subsidized home into an enviable character home. Features of the original heritage house, including wide mouldings to stained-glass windows, were conserved in an effort to preserve its beauty and charm.
Acacia is a publicly funded home; as such, its beds are reserved for those who are awaiting a bed via the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
“Thank you for taking such amazing care of my dad, my sisters and me. You made a terrible situation bearable. The thoughtful, tender care you gave our dad made us feel very comforted.”
Leadership Care Team
Wynne Dobbs, RNDirector of Care
Following in the footsteps of her mom, Wynne became a nurse, graduating from the Calgary General Hospital’s registered nursing program in 1970 where she continued to work for four years in alcohol detox. She transitioned to the balmy temperatures of Indonesia for two and half years, where she taught nursing – then moved to the sub-zero temperatures of Fort McMurray, Alberta to work as an industrial nurse for Syncrude.
1978 brought with it a move to Tuktoyaktuk on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, working as the medical coordinator for an offshore drilling operation and, later, two outpost nursing stints. Wynne eventually settled into nursing for correctional facilities for 24 years, culminating as the operations manager for the medical department of B.C. Corrections, overseeing nine correctional facilities.
After retiring, Wynne began working a casual nursing position at Acacia, which eventually led her out of retirement and into the Director of Care position. Caring for the wellbeing of others in one of Wynne’s innate traits, evidenced outside of work, too, where she lives with her husband and their three big, much-loved dogs. When she’s not working, Wynne loves to cook and read, and if you ask her, she’ll tell you all about the course she took in Elfness during her time at the North Pole.
Debbie NaylorClinical Care Coordinator
Debbie first began working at Acacia in 1989 as a nursing student when the original owner, Mrs. Elizabeth Stuart, took pity on Debbie’s financial status as a student and hired her as a care aid.
Graduating from Malaspina College’s registered nursing program in 1990, Debbie moved to Terrace, B.C. and worked at Mills Memorial Hospital in the surgery and maternity wards for two years. After two years away from the island, Debbie moved back and returned to Acacia, where she’s continued her mother’s 25-year legacy as an Acacia nurse.
With the exceptions of cooking and maintenance, Debbie has worked every position imaginable at Acacia and is now working alongside her own daughter, a nursing student and dietary aid at Acacia. She is a one of three proud generations of Acacia nurses.
When not tending to residents, Debbie bakes, sews, runs and hikes with her little cairn terrier dog, Alfie.