Mike Fiddick

Mike Fiddick
Administrator/Owner

Mike Fiddick was born in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario. From a very young age Mike has always been a champion for the less fortunate, the struggling, the ill of health, and anyone in need of care or understanding. His passion and devotion to care for others was nurtured in Mike when he was a young boy, spending his earliest developmental years sharing his family home with the original Fiddicks Nursing home residents, in Strathroy Ontario. Explaining why the mantra of treating residents like they were your most beloved family members continues Today.

Mike has a degree from Humber College in Funeral Directing (1981) as well as a diploma in Long Term Care Management from the University of Ottawa (1987). Mike continues to enroll in education programs and participate in seminars and workshops. Being a Long-Term Care Administrator is no easy feat, but it can be one of the most fulfilling roles. Mike is not only a well-respected, friendly, compassionate devoted husband, father, and friend, he is also an expert in business management and health care. As the Owner and Administrator of Fiddicks Nursing and Retirement Home, Mike oversees all daily operations. This includes but is not limited to;

  • Financial planning and budgets
  • Planning, organizing, and supervising the delivery of care to Residents
  • Leading an interdisciplinary team with commitment and towards excellence
  • Managing employees including new hires
  • Keeping current with Long Term Care and Retirement Home Acts and Regulations
  • Labour relations and proceedings such as negotiations and grievances
  • Ensuring confidentiality is respected
  • Making sure residents’ needs are top priority and are being met above and beyond Ministry standards

It is Mike’s policy at Fiddicks that residents physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being is the top priority each day. Mike is often heard encouraging staff to imagine each resident as their own mother and father and speak and act accordingly. The dignity and self-respect of each individual resident is always upheld. Mike has an open-door policy to any idea and concern. Feel free to drop by his office or give him a call.

The future of Fiddicks Nursing and Retirement Home is very bright.

In the coming years, Mike would like to see a 32-bed behavior unit added to the county as well as update the grounds and property surrounding Fiddicks. This would be a completion of Mike and Maxines goal. Mike says, “looking after the daily operations and ensuring that every resident is being cared for each and every day, brings him the most joy”.

Mandy Judah

Mandy Judah

Mandy Judah, RN, BScN, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Windsor. She has over 15 years in health care experience, with the last 8 years focusing in on the Long Term Care sector. Throughout her career, she has advocated for improving quality care and outcomes as well as advancing knowledge and capacity for her team members. Mandy is passionate about continuous quality improvement initiatives in the home and fosters an environment of education and learning in order to better the experiences and care of the residents.

She is a member of the Registered Nursing Association of Ontario (RNAO) and more recently, has assisted the home in becoming a Best Practice Spotlight Organization by implementing numerous Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) in the home. She is responsible to ensure the home is following the Acts and Regulations as mandated by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Retirement Home Regulator Authority (RHRA).

Mandy has completed the Non-Acute Care infection Control Program held through Public Health Ontario (PHO) and is the Chair of the Infection Control committee. In addition, Mandy is the Chair of the Quality Improvement Team, and is the co-chair of the Falls Prevention team and Medication Management team. She is an active member of the following committees: Ethics, Leadership & Partnership, Wound Care, Occupational Health & Safety, Pain Management, Palliative Care and Continence Care.

Debbie McAlpine

Debbie McAlpine

Debbie McAlpine graduated as a PSW from Lambton College and worked for 21 years as a front line staff member. She has continued her education along the way earning certification in Financial Management and in the Ontario Management Development Program. Deb has over 41 years of experience in the Long Term Care sector in various positions. Debs current role in the facility is as the Nursing Coordinator with a main responsibility in scheduling of staff. Deb Has been a staff member at Fiddicks for 14 years working in administration.

Jody Brown

Jody Brown

Jody Brown, Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Speech/Language Assistant (SLA), graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College in 2000 from the Rehabilitation Assistant program. Since Graduation, Jody has worked in a variety of settings including; Long Term Care, Physiotherapy Clinics, Hospitals, Retirement Homes, Gym/Wellness Centers and in a Chiropractic Office. Her most fulfilling experiences have been working with older adults both in LTC settings and within the community.

Jody has worked at Fiddicks Nursing Home as the Rehab Coordinator since 2010 where she works closely with a team of Physiotherapists, Nursing Restorative and other Health-care professionals to maximize each resident’s potential and abilities with a focus on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and pain management. Jody oversees the Rehab department working with staff, residents, families and the Restorative Care team to develop resident centered and personalized goals and plans of care to improve and maintain resident independence.

Jody sits on the following committees in the home: Ethics, Pain, Wound Care, Infection Control, Occupational Health & Safety, Leadership & Partnership, Quality Improvement, and is the co-chair for the Falls Prevention Team.

Nicky Pool

Nicky Pool

Nicky Pool comes to Fiddicks with a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Lambton College. Nicky has been working at Fiddicks since 2012 in many supportive roles. Her current role is the Environmental Supervisor in which she manages the housekeeping and laundry departments.

Nicky’s role has allowed her to branch out and has recently obtained the Disaster Emergency Management Certificate from Ryerson University.

Nicky has an essential role on the Infection Control team and is an active member of the following committees: Ethics, Leadership & Partnership, Occupational Health & Safety, Palliative Care and Continence Care.

Brooke McGill

Brooke McGill

Brooke McGill earned her Bachelor of Inclusive and Therapeutic Recreation from Brock University in the fall of 2013 and then became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) in January of 2014. She started working in Long Term Care after graduation as an activity aide and is now the Director of Activities. In her position, she is responsible for managing the recreation department as well as coordinating the volunteer and spiritual services. She is passionate about enhancing the lives of all of our residents through meaningful programs and providing opportunities for residents to live a life of fulfillment.

In her role, Brooke supports the family and resident council and she is an active member of the following committees: Ethics, Leadership & Partnership, Palliative Care and Quality Improvement.

Miranda Cole

Miranda Cole

Miranda Cole earned her Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree from the University of Windsor in the spring of 2015. She also has a diploma in Performing Arts from Sheridan College and is a certified group fitness instructor. Miranda began her journey in Long Term Care 5 years at Fiddicks Nursing Home while completing her studies part time. Her initial position was working as a casual recreation aide, but she has recently moved into the position of Activity Director. In this new position, Miranda is responsible for overseeing the recreation department as well as creating the monthly newsletter, calendars and providing meaningful programs that touch on residents spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs.  Miranda uses her musical talents to enrich the lives of those that reside at the home. Music brings her great joy, and she is pleased to be able to share the gift of music with others.

Jamey VanHaaren

Jamey VanHaaren

Jamey VanHaaren joined the Fiddick’s team in 2019. Jamey has been an active member of the Canadian Society for Nutrition Management since 2015, after acquiring her Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Foods & Nutrition (BScFN).  Her past work experience along with her education has afforded her a vast skill set.

Jamey works closely alongside the Registered Dietitian to ensure that all of the resident’s nutritional needs are met. She also collaborates with the nursing staff as well as families and residents. Jamey is responsible for creating a menu that is both appetizing and appealing, while following the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Long Term Care and Canada’s Food Guide. She manages the purchasing of all food and beverage for the home, and ensures the residents are receiving the highest quality of meals daily. Jamey oversees the Dietary staff members, and utilizes the knowledge and skill of the excellent team working at Fiddick’s.

Jamey believes that some of life’s greatest memories are shared over a meal, and those positive moments should continue through the food we serve here at Fiddick’s.

Shelly Parsons

Shelley Parsons

Shelley Parsons began her journey in healthcare many years ago. Originally working as a dental assistant and then working for VON Canada, Shelley found herself looking for a change. This was the beginning of her employment with Fiddicks Nursing Home in Petrolia. Shelley is the Executive Assistant to Mike Fiddick and takes care of payroll, resident account information and billing. She enjoys the time she gets to socialize with the residents and their family. Shelley enjoys day trips to the Pinery and travelling to her cottage in Tobermory during the summer.

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown has recently joined the team here at Fiddicks in a new role as Human Resource Manager. Bobbi brings with her a diversified set of skills that will assist her in managing Occupational Health and Safety, WSIB, orientation, education and various other roles in the home. She earned her Diploma as a Social Service Worker specializing in Gerontology from St. Clair College of Windsor. From there she went on to further her development in the area of positive human relations, people and systems management by working as a supervisor then manager with two separate large chain companies in the retail sector, tying in her customer service skills.

Bobbi’s love for working with people and maintaining a positive work environment has made her an effective member of our team here at Fiddicks.

Bobbi is an active member of the following committees: Infection Control, Leadership & Partnership, Quality Improvement, and is the Lead for Occupational Health & Safety.

Susan

Susan

Susan has been with Fiddick’s Nursing Home since 2015. Since her time here, Susan has had many different roles including Foot Care Nurse, BSO Coordinator, and RPN. She graduated from St. Clair College in 2014.

She is passionate about providing support to residents experiencing responsive behaviors. As such, Susan is the Lead Team Member for the internal Behavior Support Ontario (BSO) program and coordinates with external teams and organizations for additional resources and guidance. She has elevated her career portfolio to become an expert in this area by completing: Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA), P.I.E.C.E.S, Validation and Montessori training. Susan is currently working towards obtaining her Geriatric Certificate.

Susan wants to make sure residents are happy and that interventions are in place to make lives better!

Amy

Amy

Amy is as a graduate from Lambton College in from the RPN program. Amy has over 17 years’ experience working in health care and has spent the majority of her career in Long Term Care.

Amy is also passionate about providing support to residents experiencing responsive behaviors. As such, Amy is a team member for the internal Behavior Support Ontario (BSO) program and coordinates with external teams and organizations for additional resources and guidance. She has elevated her career portfolio to become an expert in this area by completing: Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA), P.I.E.C.E.S, and Montessori training.

Kathleen

Kathleen

Kathleen has been part of the Fiddick’s team for 8 years and has been working in the healthcare field for 35+ years. She is a graduate of Lambton College where she obtained her RPN License. Kathleen is very passionate about the wellbeing and happiness of the residents and is always trying to keep them busy with an activity!

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah has been with the Fiddick’s team for 6 years. She is a graduate of the RPN program at Lambton College. Sarah always makes sure the residents daily needs are met and makes sure they always have a smile on their face.

Krista

Krista

Krista is new to the Fiddicks team! Krista came to us in August 2019 after graduating from Lambton College and has been working as a RPN. Krista is all about providing awesome care to the residents and making sure their daily needs are met!

Anne

Anne

Anne is a Registered Practical Nurse and has been part of the Fiddicks Team since 2011. She is a graduate of the St. Joseph’s Hospital program that was run by Nuns many years ago. The residents always look forward to seeing her smiling face.

Bonnie

Bonnie

Bonnie has been with the Fiddick’s team for 4 years. She is currently the MDS coordinator for the home and is also a Registered Practical Nurse. She is a graduate of St. Clair College. Bonnie is passionate about creating therapeutic relationships with residents and strives to make sure each resident has a good quality of life.