About Trillium

Founded in 2003 by Omar Lalani and his uncle, Trillium Communities is rooted in family and a deep respect for the elderly. Omar’s goal was to provide seniors with the highest standard of care, improving their quality of life and maintaining their independence and dignity at every age. The standard was set: all Trillium homes had to be centrally located with a warm, welcoming and safe atmosphere and a reputation for giving unparalleled, personalized care. And, without exception, all caregivers and staff must share in Trillium’s approach to resident-centred care, respect, collaboration and choice.

Today, true to its roots, Trillium remains a local, family-operated business with locations in Victoria, Colwood, Nanaimo, Shawnigan Lake and Abbottsford, serving 400 seniors in B.C.

Meet Our Senior Management Team

Omar Lalani, President & CEO

From the time he was 12 and tall enough to see over the counter, Omar worked at his family’s stationery store, operating the cash register. He witnessed, firsthand, from his mother’s interactions with her customers what excellent customer service was all about: caring. She knew all of her customers by name and always went above and beyond to accommodate their every request. She taught him the importance of respect, a value instilled in Omar today, and her dedication to quality service has had a lasting effect on Omar and how he operates his business today.

Omar received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria in 2002, after which he founded Trillium with his business partner and uncle, a man with 35 years experience in the hospitality industry. They have established a reputation as a warm, welcoming, safe community of seniors homes, offering an unparalleled model of resident-centred care. Omar helps cares for over 400 seniors up B.C.’s West Coast.

Scott Shearer, Chief Operating Officer

Scott is a strategic and results driven professional with an accomplished record in management positions for several leading Healthcare organizations in both Canada and the United States. He is a team player with first class analytical, and problem-solving skills gained through leading numerous projects.

Scott has a passion for continuous improvement and business process management with experience in leading change initiatives where his expertise in continuous improvement principles, such as Lean, Six Sigma, and Model for Improvement have helped improve quality, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction.

Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s in Business Administration as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Acknowledged for his focus on resident centered care and resident quality he is results oriented to ensure residents have optimal outcomes and a positive experience.

Lesley Sikorski, Director of Marketing & Community Relations

Lesley Sikorski is a driven professional with a comprehensive background in marketing, sales and customer service developed from working in various sectors including real estate, tourism and health care. She is responsible for creating and implementing strategic marketing programs while contributing to key development decisions. Lesley is passionate about seniors and creating a resident-centered model of care in all of Trillium’s communities.

Lesley received her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Victoria and has held a number of volunteer positions with community partners such as the Victoria Alzheimer’s Society, Arts Umbrella, UVic Commerce Students Society and Vancouver Island Habitat For Humanity.

Spencer Young, Controller

A member of the Trillium team since 2007, Spencer is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of accounting experience. Before transitioning to Trillium, Spencer worked in independent living, hospitality, hotel management, not-for-profit organizations and a variety of small businesses.

Sarah Voldeng, Director of Support Services

With more than 20 years in health care, Sarah originally graduated from the University of Victoria, specializing in food service and nutrition. She has worked in both hospitals and long-term care, and has been with Trillium for more than five years.

Originally a contractor for Trillium, Sarah has transitioned from nutritionist to Director of Support Services. She is an active Canadian Society of Nutrition Management member and brings passion and innovation to the quality of food and services provided in geriatric dementia care.