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Resident Expert Advisors and Leaders

Resident Expert Advisors and Leaders (REAL)

Residents living in long-term care (LTC)  homes are at the heart of everything we do.

OARC’s REAL group is comprised of members who are resident leaders living in LTC homes across Ontario. Through this Advisory Group, REAL members bring their own diverse lived experiences and perspectives as residents to elevate and amplify these realities to educate and guide the LTC home sector and broader public.

Are you or do you know an engaged resident leader living in an Ontario long-term care home who:

  • Is interested in lending your/their voice to discussions at the community and provincial levels to educate and inspire others
  • Welcomes opportunities to provide advice and consultation to government, stakeholder or advisory groups 

We invite residents to express their interest to join the REAL group by completing a Getting to Know You Form: MS Word Version or PDF Form Version.

Display our REAL poster in your home to inform and encourage residents to consider applying for the REAL Group.

Kindly forward completed forms and direct any questions to Melissa McVie at mmcvie@ontarc.com or reach out by phone: 1-800-532-0201 x 260.

Meet the REALs


Devora Greenspon

Devora Greenspon, Co-Chair

Resident Leader, Extendicare Bayview, Toronto

Gale Ramsden

Gale Ramsden, Co-Chair

REAL Co-Chair and OARC Board Director

Resident Leader, Perley Health, Ottawa

Carol Burke

Carol Burke, Resident Leader

Southbridge London, London

Leslie Froats

Leslie Froats, Resident Leader

St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa, Ottawa

Jim Gilhuly

Jim Gilhuly, Resident Leader

Sunnyside Home Long-Term Care, Kitchener

Gloria Macbeth

Gloria Macbeth, Resident Leader

Chartwell Brant Centre Long Term Care Residence, Burlington

Dave Stanyon

Dave Stanyon, Resident Leader

Kensington Gardens, Toronto

Gary Strickland

Gary Strickland, Resident Leader

Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home, Fort Frances

Steven Wenzowski

Steven Wenzowski, Resident Leader

Queens Garden Long Term Care Residence, Hamilton

The REAL group:

  • Lends professional and lived experience to the work of the group - working and living in long-term care homes
  • Assists in recognizing emerging issues for residents in long-term care and their Councils
  • Offers support to other relevant projects related to long-term care Residents’ Council/resident education
  • Brings residents’ voice/perspective to external groups (education, government, media, etc.)
  • Advances their work with Residents’ Councils
  • Provides feedback/input/advice, helps identify issues, changing needs and opportunities


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OARC is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care, membership dues and other revenue.
The views expressed in this publication are the views of OARC and do not necessarily reflect those of our supporters or the province.