Our Harbour’s Dream Resident Care Team Hits the Ground Running

Team Players, L to R: Dolly Shinhat, Sabine Bulow, Eric Godin, Vanessa Hunt-Ladouceur

We were thrilled to welcome Sabine Bulow, OT, in July of this year, to the newly created position of Lead Coordinator. Sabine’s years of experience working in the mental health sector at the Lakeshore Hospital have been benefitting our residents from the word go. She brings to her work deep compassion and caring coupled with a practical and no-nonsense approach.

Fortunately, Sabine and Co-Coordinator Tanya Angelo were able to work together briefly before Tanya’s departure for her new job as an Intervenante psychosociale at Espace PIVOT, a non-profit organization that promotes the social and professional development of its community.

Vanessa Hunt-Ladouceur, BSW, joined the team by a stroke of serendipity … a chance notification from LinkedIn that led to the news that after three years in the CIUSSS system, Vanessa had started a job at an insurance company. The news did not ring true to what I recalled of Vanessa from an interview in 2019. Therefore, with the team’s agreement, I contacted Vanessa. The rest is history, as they say. The new resident care team is complementary and innately collaborative. Read more about them below. These two new recruits complete our team of four, together with my assistant Eric Godin, and me.

I take this opportunity to thank Tanya for all her contributions at Our Harbour, from stagiaire to Coordinator! May the Force be with you!                    

Dolly Shinhat, Director General

Quick introductions, in their own words:

Sabine Bulow: I recently joined the Our Harbour team in June as Lead Coordinator of Resident Care. My education includes a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Dalhousie University. I worked in the public health care system for twenty-one years, with the last decade in inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. When not working, I enjoy spending time with family, Fidius, my new puppy, and with friends in outdoor activities.

Eric Godin: In my role as Assistant to the Director General, I have supported her, the resident care team, and our committees with a wide range of administrative tasks. Plucked by Dolly from my office administrator position at a local church, I have thrived within our small, friendly team, learning so much about the background operations of a non-profit community organization. With our office immediately adjacent to the Clubhouse, I have reveled in the oh-so-rewarding interactions with residents and volunteers.

Vanessa Hunt-Ladouceur: I am the new Coordinator of Resident Care at Our Harbour. After studying psychology and social work at university, I followed my dream to become a social worker, first at a CLSC, then at a CHSLD, and now with Our Harbour. I have long wanted to work with people from all walks of life who have been touched by mental illness. I love animals, hiking, and playing board games and videogames.