ESTHER KAREN HEMI GOLDSTEIN obtained a bachelor degree in science from the University of Toronto in 1986 and in Social Work from Ryerson University in 1990. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Esther worked as a hospital social worker in the Greater Toronto Area for 12 years, primarily with the geriatric population. A significant portion of her work involved counselling senior clients and their families about the difficult task of relocating to care homes and assisting them with the placement process. As Ontario's health care system evolved, people began turning to the private sector to care for their elderly that could not be managed at home. Information about retirement homes and many other private services was limited and hard to find so Esther created this Guide out of a need she had for this information. Over time it has evolved and expanded to become what you hold in your hand today.
Currently, Esther works full-time on this website and its affiliated publication the Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®. In addition, she shares her knowledge through lectures and workshops at various venues including retirement homes, community agencies and private companies/organizations on "Senior Living Options" and related topics.
In September 2015, Esther’s appointment to the Stakeholders Advisory Council (SAC) of Ontario’s new Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority was renewed for a third term. At the end of 2016 Esther was appointed to the Chair position of the SAC. Additionally, Esther volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Directors of The International Breastfeeding Centre in Toronto.
DONNA SHERYL BEKER attended Dawson College & Concordia University in Quebec and studied in the Bachelor of Commerce program with a major in Marketing.
Donna brings more than 25 years of sales & marketing experience to Senioropolis Inc. having worked for various paper and online publications in her role as a Senior Account Executive. She was responsible for advertising sales, putting together various magazines, official advertising programs for trade shows and training of other staff.
Since joining Senioropolis Inc. in March 2009, Donna has forged many new relationships with homes and resources in Ontario that are part of our annual publication the “Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living”. As well she has created a network of associations with residences and resources on www.senioropolis.com with new and diverse contacts across Canada. She has visited and met many people within the retirement industry and has spent much time researching and learning the different facets of retirement living. Always willing to learn new things about a growing industry, Donna welcomes any opportunity to speak and discuss options with any business whose target clientele is elder seniors and their families.
|How it all began:|
Family tragedy provokes Thornhill woman's guide for seniors homes
|As Seen on TV|
Video Excerpts from an interview with Esther on “Seniors Talk with Sgt. John” – originally aired July 4. 2012 on Rogers Durham TV.