About Our Staff
Lutgarda Mariano – Owner
Lutgarda Mariano has founded and grown several businesses and has worked in a number of industries, including financial services and administration in private post-secondary education. At the heart of every role is her desire to help people better their lives through the power of choice.
Becoming the owner and director of Home Care Assistance Victoria was an easy transition for Lutgarda, whose drive to help others improve their quality of life is directly aligned with the company’s goal to change how the world ages.
Over the years, she has watched older family members struggle with aging and began building long-lasting relationships within the healthcare community in Victoria. Through these personal experiences, both good and bad, Lutgarda discovered the importance of integrity and loyalty in an organization that puts clients first. She has dedicated her life to helping others and will continue to do so at Home Care Assistance by providing high-quality in-home support for seniors and peace of mind for their families.
Jeff Cuffe, BSc. CCPE – Director of Business Development
Jeff is a results-oriented, senior professional with an exceptional track record of success working within health care industry in various roles; sales, business / product development, medical affairs, policy analysis and senior management.
He has a passion toward helping customers make well informed decisions leveraging an evidence-based approach, launching new products and driving sales of existing products by developing well-executed, innovative programs, partnerships and events that consistently exceeded key performance indicators in both private and not-for-profit organizations targeting B2B and B2C markets nationally and internationally.
Barbara MacKinnon – Office & Human Resources Manager
Barb’s background in HR and Office management has developed through her work with businesses, contractors & subcontractors, entrepreneurial endeavours, specialized consulting services and corporate administration. Barb has strong interpersonal and communication skills, with a collaborative approach to relationship development. She is a professional, Certified Coach (Life, Relationships, Health & Wellness), a Master Career Coach and advanced facilitator / trainer. In addition to having directed financial and operations management for a large community agency, Barb’s experience in project / program management and education in Human Resource Management have provided her with a solid foundation for addressing HCA Victoria’s office and human resource needs. Barb enjoys time with her family and friends, along with the wide variety of activities offered on Vancouver Island. She is always interested in meeting new people, in trying out Victoria’s great restaurants, learning about new places and opportunities for travel.
Annabella Morrell – Receptionist / Admin Assistant
Annabella has a Commerce and Secretarial background, developed through her roles as an Officer-in-Charge with a foundation in Europe, Executive Assistant and Executive Secretary positions for multimedia-related organisations, and a combination of Volunteer work in Victoria, BC including Reception, Accounting Assistance, and Office Administration. These opportunities have all contributed to her wealth of experience, friendly manner and the ability to meet office, care team and client needs quickly and efficiently. Annabella loves reading, classical music, opera, ancient history, astronomy, socio-economic political and environmental issues.
Maria – Scheduler
Prior to immigrating to Victoria, BC, Maria had been working in a financial institution for 15 years in the Philippines as well as in a private company in Dubai.
Maria graduated from a Business Office diploma program in a post secondary college in Victoria. Working as administrative support as well as a Facilitator in a post secondary college provided her the experience of building professional relationships with the students and the community. She is very passionate to get things done.
As Scheduler at Home Care Assistance Victoria, Maria brings her strong organizational and communication skills. She loves a challenge and helping people. Her optimism and problem-solving abilities have also made her a valuable contribution to our team.
In her free-time, she is busy spending time with her family and enjoying the fabulous nature of the island..
Joseph V. – Team Leader
Joseph began taking care of the elderly with his grandparents until their passing. From that experience, he knew that this was the career he wanted to do. He went to school to come become a Health Care Assistant and quickly found employment with a seniors’ facility. He loves taking care of the residents because he feels like he is taking care of his family. He gains great satisfaction providing quality care and always takes the time to give an extra touch of personalized care to each and every client everyday. He loves to see their smiles and everyday he leaves with a smile on his face as well.
Lolita Antonio – Team Leader
Lolita has been providing care for the elderly since 2010 and she has loved every minute. The relationships she has made have been long-lasting and she cherishes them all. She finds it so rewarding to see her clients happy and thriving. She is adaptable and flexible and is always seeking ways to encourage her clients to regain strength and the ability to become as independent as possible.
Mario Andal – Team Leader
Mario has worked with the elderly for more than three years, including complex care. He likes taking care of seniors because they remind him of his own parents. Mario provides the same level of care for every client, that he would want his own loved ones to receive. He shares that he consistently evaluates the care he would personally want, were he to be ‘in their shoes’. This outlook allows Mario to provide the type of care, that ensures those in his care feel special.
Vilma Tay-ew – Team Leader
Vilma started taking care of the elderly back in 2008 as a live-in caregiver, which she did for many years. She moved on as a community/residential support worker as her own family was growing. She loves taking care of people and satisfies the need to take care of her parents who are far away by treating her clients as her own family with compassion and respect. She is intuitive, hard-working and always cheerful. Her busy life doesn’t allow much time for hobbies, but she enjoys spending time with her kids and attending church.
Flor Albuleras – Caregiver
Flor graduated from Academy of Learning’s Health Care Assistant Diploma Program after many years of providing home support for the elderly. She quickly gained employment at Beckley Farm Lodge. At Beckley Farm Lodge, she has made many long lasting relationships with the residents because of her beautiful smile, caring nature and her ability to always find time to give the one-on-one attention she feels is so important. She is a keen listener and delights in the elderly’s stories. She enjoys staying fit and being outside. She loves to learn new things and would like to expand her culinary skills. She is recently married and so happy that her husband has finally moved to Victoria to be with her.
Rebecca – Caregiver
Rebecca has been taking care of the elderly for 27 years and loves what she does. Like many caregivers, Rebecca considers her clients as family and gives them loving care. She is compassionate, reliable and consistent. She finds routine very helpful for her clients, but she is also flexible for every client is different and every day can be different. In Rebecca’s free-time, she enjoys gardening and cooking.
Kirt – Caregiver
Kirt has been taking care of the elderly for 3 years as a Health Care Assistant. Having the nature to always want to help, he gains great satisfaction from helping the elderly in any way he can. He is outgoing and loves to motivate his clients to move and enjoy their day. He loves to play sports, socialize and enjoy the outdoors.
Art – Caregiver
Art has been taking care of the elderly for over 9 years. He enjoys building relationships with his clients and providing them safe and loving care. He has a compassionate attitude and a soft, sincere personality. He is proactive by nature and loves anticipating clients’ needs. Every day he brings smiles to his clients’ faces that are equal or bigger than his own. In his free-time, Art likes to cook, landscape and make bonsai.
Maricar – Caregiver
Maricar was taking care of the elderly for a couple of years and loved making a difference in her clients’ lives. This lead her to become a Health Care Assistant, so she could continue to provide care with more skill and understanding. She finds taking care of the elderly so fulfilling and enjoys it immensely. Helping people is her passion. She is always focused on her clients’ needs and always respects their preferences in a patient manner. She believes it is important for her clients to be active and do activities. She loves to listen to music and read.
Fred Vowels – Caregiver
Fred was born in Smithers B.C. and raised here in Victoria B.C. Fred has been a Care Aide since 2003 and comes from a large family of 11 brothers and sisters. It was in his childhood while spending time with his Grandparents, that Fred knew he wanted to work not only in health care, but with seniors in particular. In his spare time Fred likes to paint as well as spend time outdoors going for bike rides, camping, hiking and swimming. Fred puts his heart and soul into his work and is well liked by his clients and co-workers for his gentle, caring manner and his willingness to go the extra mile.
Edna – Caregiver
Edna was born and raised in the Philippines and came to Canada 5 years ago to pursue her education and advance her Health Care career. Edna started out as an Au Pair in Ottawa before moving to Victoria and becoming a Health Care Aide. Edna is a very kind hearted and giving individual who finds joy in helping others. In her spare time Edna enjoys going to church and baking for her friends and clients. Edna is a wonderful Care Aide who really takes great pride in her work and is known to go the extra mile for her clients and co-workers.
Marian Bermal – Caregiver
Marian has been taking care of the elderly in Montreal, since arriving in Canada in 2016. She transferred to BC, bringing with her a love for caregiving and talking with the elderly to her new hometown. Marian has found that time spent with her clients reminds her of providing care to her own grandparents. She enjoys conversation and walks, as well as cooking for those in her care. Marian is kind, caring and always happy to talk with her clients. She enjoys watching movies, outdoor activities, and time for fitness.
Neelam Nayak- Caregiver
Neelam has eight years experience working in an intensive care unit, fertility center, and eye clinic. She loves to work for the elderly and patients who are dealing with the challenges of mental health conditions. She is very caring and enjoys client/caregiver interpersonal relationships. She loves listening to music, browsing the internet and shopping.
Edna Duritan – Caregiver
Edna has been taking care of the elderly for many years, including international experience in Hong Kong. She loves listening to the wisdom and inspiration of her clients, when they share experiences from their lives, and about their way of life. Edna works from a foundation of love, compassion and dedication, rather than treating her role simply as a source of income. She loves to sing and help others as much as possible.
Krisaliz Harmogeno – Caregiver
Krisaliz is as a multi-skilled worker, her experience includes cooking breakfast for residents, washing dishes and doing housekeeping in a facility environment. Her interest is in taking care of seniors and in assisting them with their daily chores. She feels she can provide quality care, supporting clients physically and mentally. Krisaliz likes listening to music, including hymns.
Wella Duque – Caregiver
Wella enjoys her work and has had experience caring for multiple clients throughout her career. She has also had the opportunity to provide consistent care for one client over three years, so fully understands how important this can be. Wella treats those in her care, like she would her own grandparents, considering each to be part of her family and as a result has found they treat her as part of their family in return. Wella’s hobbies include swimming, eating, playing badminton, and bonding with her sister and friends.
Felly Padua – Caregiver
Felly brings with her a wealth of experience, and has been working as a caregiver since 2007. She enjoys taking care of her clients and finds that she learns a lot from their many shared experiences. She treats the elderly like her own family, giving them the love and attention, they need. Felly loves taking care of animals, likes hiking and enjoys swimming, when she has the time to do so.