Perched amidst pristine landscaping and gardens, Hart House offers ocean and city views from the tranquil residential neighbourhood on Gonzales Hill.
Originally a heritage home and the private residence of former B.C. Premier, John Hart, Hart House is a sweeping 10,000-square-foot, 20-suite home. Revitalized with oversized windows and natural light, Hart House features high ceilings, high-end finishes and heritage-inspired décor – an ode to its history.
“I am so pleased and grateful for the gentle, respectful and dignified care of my aunt throughout her stay at Hart House, particularly in her final days. Thank you.”
Leadership Care Team
Christina ScottGeneral Manager
Christina Scott, with 15 years experience in complex care facilities believes that the key components of quality care include competence, co-operation, compassion and continuity of care. Relevant certificates and diplomas along with her Degree in Early Childhood offer a wide spectrum of caring for individuals. She comes with a solid background in senior care and offers strong organizational skills. Working together with all parties to implement the needs and wants of families and residents is essential for safe and gentle aging at Hart House.
Teresa McCowan, BScN RNDirector of Care
Teresa has been Director of Care at Hart House since 2009. Growing up in the small community of Minnedosa, Manitoba, Teresa pursued a career in psychiatric nursing and received a diploma from the Brandon Mental Health Centre in 1988. After graduating from the Brandon General Hospital in 1990 with a nursing diploma, she relocated to Victoria, B.C., where she completed her nursing education at the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Teresa served 16 years in acute geriatric psychiatry before accepting a position with Hart House. She continues to advocate for the competent and responsible health care of seniors, serving as chapter president of Victoria’s Gerontological Nurses Association of B.C.
Rebecca BiernackiHuman Resources
Rebecca, originally from Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, has been a proud resident of Victoria, B.C., since 1996. After graduating from high school, volunteering for local charities and working in hospitality, Rebecca realized her desire to share hospitality and kindness to others through care. She embarked on the Resident Care Aide program at Camosun College and began her career as a care aide after graduating.
In 2009, Rebecca was offered the opportunity to join the Hart House team, where she quickly excelled, expanding her responsibilities from care to human resource management.
Myrna LaitinenResidential Lifestyle Manager
Born and raised in Ucluelet, B.C., Myrna spent her young adulthood on commercial fishing boats before choosing a career more appropriate to her life’s calling. Originally hired as a cook for Hart House 26 years ago, she quickly learned she would serve better as a care aide and began apprenticing for the original owner of Hart House.
Myrna has an uncanny ability to speak candidly and from the heart. She loves sharing her passion for seniors care, and she pays attention to the tiniest details, making Hart House a home – and she still pops into the kitchen to cook when her services are needed!