At The Highlands we make every effort to ensure that we have a team of employees that surpass the expectations of residents and families.
We choose our staff based on their experience, training and compassionate attitude. Our staff are both knowledgeable and committed to setting the standards of service. Because of our unique culture here at The Highlands, we look for staff who share our vision of Retirement Simplified and work well in a more casual and relaxed environment.
Meet Our Key Staff
Amanda Atkinson: Facility and Marketing Manager
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Amanda Atkinson has called Kelowna home for most of her life. With over 11 years of experience in seniors housing, her expertise covers all areas - housing and care, assisted living and residential community care. Amanda's prior experience in management of seniors independent living, partnered with her understanding of the community, and her passion to foster a comfortable environment for each and every resident makes her a great asset to the Highlands.
It is a pleasure to have Amanda's knowledge, experience and enthusiasm as part of our team. Amanda is passionate about fostering healthy relationships, and helping seniors and their families, and welcomes you to visit her at the Highlands to learn more about us.
Lisa Kenzie: Administrative Assistant and Activities Coordinator
Originally from Ontario, Kelowna has been Lisa's home for more than 40 years and she has chosen to reside in the lovely Glenmore community for most of that time. Lisa has been an important part of The Highlands team for over 11 years, with a well-rounded experience in different areas of the residence, giving her valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of the facility and the needs of our residents. Lisa took on the role of Activities Coordinator and Administrative Assistant in Summer 2014 and works closely with our residents to create a home-like environment while providing meaningful activities that are fun, cultural and educational.
Lorie Chrest: Head Cook
Lorie has been cooking at The Highlands since 2001 and our residents have nothing but great things to say about her meals. This is undoubtedly due to Lorie’s vision of preparing homestyle meals for our residents like they used to prepare for themselves. Residents feel right at home while dining with us. To make sure her dishes are of the highest quality, Lorie sticks to a ‘fresh is best’ philosophy, using fresh, seasonal, local ingredients whenever possible.