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The Hamlets at Penticton Team

The Hamlets at Penticton Team

Our team of highly trained and experienced residential staff and healthcare personnel understand the needs of seniors and young adults and are hand-picked to ensure our residents are always treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Our team and our philosophy for health and happiness are reasons our residential care and assisted living communities are the preferred places to be. Contact us to find out which residential care, assisted living or independent living community is right for your or your loved one.

Dave Gutscher: General Manager

Dave Gutscher has had a full military career as a Health Care Administrator, where his focus was on primary care reform, both in garrison and in the field.  Afterward, he worked in the civilian sector in primary care before transitioning to long-term care and assisted living in Alberta and British Columbia.  Dave has taken a few mid-career breaks, during which he has travelled extensively.  His claim to fame is that he walked across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver.  Dave is passionate about providing quality care to the great residents in The Hamlets who have done so much in their lives to build our community and Canada.


Tara McNaughton: Director of Care


Tara is our new Director of Care and comes to us from Manitoba. She is thrilled to be a new BC’er. She has been in health care for 24 plus years and her passion is older adults. We are happy to have her part of our Hamlets Team.


SarahSarah: Recreation

Hello! My name is Sarah and I oversee the Recreation program here at The Hamlets at Penticton. I graduated with my degree in Therapeutic Recreation and am a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. I find joy in being able to make a difference in the lives of older adults through recreation. Whether it be playing ping pong, enjoying a tea social, gardening, or walking along Skaha beach, these experiences can provide purpose, health, and opportunities to socialize for our residents. 


Lauri Lauri: AL Coordinator

I am very happy to be working for this amazing workplace! I have loved getting to know the residents & their families, staff and management of The Hamlets. I feel like I am amongst family during my work days. A bit about my work history:  I am an LPN with work history including: team lead on a dementia unit;  Penticton Regional Hospital – worked full time on various units including surgical, emerg, medical south and SP3. ;  supervisor for home and community care Home supports; Resident Services Manager / Health and Wellness Manager for AL. My personal life includes a husband, a 29 year old son, 25 year old daughter and an almost 19 year old daughter. We have 2 gigantic dogs, a tiny cat and a Chinese fighting fish. On my days off I love mountain biking to the KVR tunnel from my home; paddle boarding on the many beautiful lakes that surround us in BC, camping, outdoor concerts, rock hunting, hiking, wine touring and gardening. 

ClareClare BSc. RN: BSc. RN

My name is Clare Graham, I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing,  specializing with the senior population in long term care. I moved to Canada from Newcastle, England in 2006 with my husband and family and have been with the Hamlets in Penticton for 10 years now. We love to spend time outdoors especially camping and hiking. I am very creative and love refurnishing and painting furniture.  I look forward to working out at my fitness class during the week and I like to relax reading my favorite books and spending time with my family and friends with a nice glass of Okanagan wine in hand!

SueSue Pokhre : RN, B.N., B.Sc.

I completed my nursing degree from Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. Prior to that, I had studied a Bachelor of Science (Medical Laboratory Technology) from Mahidol University in Thailand. I have always been interested in health science. Switching gear from working in the background as a Laboratory Technologist to a Registered Nurse, certainly have opened my eyes. Getting to see clients in person and corelate those lab results to their health condition, allows me to get a better clinical picture of my clients. Majority of my nursing experience has been in community setting: Influenza Community Clinic; Home Care; Supportive Living, and now Long Term Care. Prior to my practice in community, I worked as a full-time surgical float nurse for Urology, Orthopedics, Colorectal, and EENT units. My favourite population is clients with Dementia. They are trying their best to do what they can, with their remaining capacity. With some support, we can still see the person behind the diagnosis of Dementia.  I recently completed a certificate program in Business Intelligence and Analytics. I believe, health care sector would highly benefit from Business Intelligence in terms of data we can use to improve health care services. My favourite pastime is watching Japanese animation, cooking, and gardening.

JenniferJennifer LPN: LPN

I have been an LPN since 2014, I have worked in Long term care and withdrawal management. In my spare time I enjoy digging in my garden, spending time with family and friends and a cup of tea. I like to craft, and create things and tend to keep myself very busy. Especially with two small children. My husband and I are going on our first year of marriage and are enjoying living in Penticton. If I could pick any destination to travel to, it would be Thailand or Greece as I have not been there yet.

Debra SaundersDebra: Community Relations Coordinator

Debra has been at the Hamlets at Penticton for the past 2 years and is enjoying her role as our Community Relations Coordinator. She came to the Hamlets with 25 years in the Hotel Industry in Marketing and Management!


Deborah Foley Deborah: Business Assistant

I was raised in Penticton BC and now reside in Summerland BC with my husband Kevin. We have 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons who keep everyone smiling!
My background has been in the business sector ranging from banking and finance to investments.  I joined The Hamlets family in August 2018 and am so proud to be part of it.


KathieKathie Steuart : Scheduler

My name is Kathie, I am the Scheduler for the Hamlets at Penticton. 
I have work at the hamlet for going on 4 years. 
I was born in Summerland BC and have been working in Health care for about 23 years. I am a very fortunate person to be able to live and work in this beautiful valley I call home.

 CatherineCatherine Brett: Human Resources Assistant

Catherine was raised in Naramata and returned to the area 15 years ago after living on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Mexico and Calgary. She has over 20 years’ experience in human resources and obtained a Canadian Human Resources Professional designation in 2010. Catherine lives in Penticton with her husband, their three dogs and one cat. She enjoys being a part of the family-centric team at The Hamlets at Penticton.