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About Our Staff

About Our Staff

Lutgarda Mariano - Owner

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.

Barbara MacKinnon - Office & Human Resources Manager

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.

Angela Pollock – Case Manager

Angela Pollock – Case Manager

Angela brings to the team an extensive back ground as a Customer Service professional and Hospitality Manager and consultant.
Her strong organizational and communication skills and her unwavering commitment to excellence are critical to our ability to provide consistently high-quality customer service. Angela offers extraordinary attention to detail for our clients who require the highest of standards.
Angela’s served as a Director on the B.C Chamber of Commerce, President of West Shore Chamber of Commerce and a Director of Tourism Victoria.

Maria ­­­­­­ – Scheduler­­­­­­

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..

Flor Albuleras

Flor – 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.

Joseph V.

Joseph V. – Caregiver

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.


Riza – Caregiver

Riza graduated from Academy of Learning’s Health Care Assistant Diploma Program. She quickly gained employment at Selkirk Senior Village. She is currently working in the long-term care ward on the Dementia care floor. She really enjoys working with the elderly who remind her of her parents and as such, treats them with all the love and attention she would give to her family. She truly believes in giving quality care and to bring happiness in daily activities. She believes it is important to try to engage her clients in activities that they once enjoyed. She is easy-going and has lots of patience. Riza enjoys puzzles, gardening, going for short walks, and cooking.


Joseph – Caregiver

Joseph graduated as a Home Care Assistant with Honours and is a kind, friendly, quiet person with a strong work ethic. He enjoys working with the elderly because of the relationships he builds while providing the highest standard of care in order to help improve their quality of life. Seeing his clients happy and stress-free is the greatest reward for him.


Cherry – Caregiver

Cherry has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the Philippines and worked as a Medical Technologist there. After moving to Victoria, she used her kind and engaging personality to provide home support for both the elderly and children and knew she wanted to continue in this field. She graduated from Academy of Learning’s Health Care Assistance Diploma Program with Honours and was quickly hired by Glenwarren Lodge. Her strong interpersonal skills, patience and loving nature has made her a popular Health Care Assistant with the residents. She enjoys puzzles, cooking and spending time with her husband and son.

Cherry Mae - Caregiver

Cherry Mae – Caregiver

Cherry Mae has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and has been a Live-In caregiver for several years. She has great experience taking care of the elderly with dementia. She is diligent and very patient. Always warm and cheerful. She builds strong relationships and has the aptitude to make her most quiet and reclusive clients smile, talk and laugh.

Lolita - Caregiver

Lolita – Caregiver

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.

Mila - Caregiver

Mila – Caregiver

Mila started taking care of the elderly in 2006 and has loved doing it ever since. She has a warm, friendly and quiet personality. She is always patient and encourages her clients to be as independent as possible. She believes every day is an opportunity to improve. Seeing her clients happy and smiling is her greatest reward.

 Dora - Caregiver

Dora – Caregiver

Dora has been taking care of the elderly for a few years now. She is quiet, sweet and hard-working. She treats the relationships she has built with clients as if they were her own family. She understands that her clients’ families may live out of town and have busy lives so she enjoys providing the care and relationships that her clients want and need. She enjoys strengthening her clients’ independence and strives to help them do as much as possible. She likes going for outings and watching movies in her free time.

 Carlos - Caregiver

Carlos – Caregiver

Carlos is a kind and dedicated Health Care Assistant who is always willing to go the extra mile to provide exceptional care. He listens carefully to his clients and is proactive in his approach to care. He finds taking care of the elderly very fulfilling because he wants to make a difference in every clients’ life.

 Star - Caregiver

Star – Caregiver

Star loves to take care of the elderly with compassion, a listening ear and much love and admiration. She believes everyone has a lifetime of stories to tell and when someone is past their retirement years, meeting those social needs are critical for our overall well-being. She feels it is an honour and a privilege when she is invited into a client’s home to spend time with them. Every client is an individual deserving of respect, compassion and kindness. Star’s goal is to deal in a responsive, individual way attending to whatever her client needs are in the moment. Star loves learning about nutrition and eating well. She cooks, bakes and loves to learn new recipes. She also enjoys walks, taking pictures and attending church and bible studies.

 Rachel - Caregiver

Rachel – Caregiver

Rachel has many years’ experience taking care of the elderly and children. As a Health Care Assistant, she finds providing quality care so rewarding as she loves to see her clients happy and stress-free. She gives personalized care and views her clients as family. She enjoys spending time by listening to their stories and knowledge. She has a warm, upbeat personality and brings smiles to everyone’s faces she is in contact with.

 Jenny - Caregiver

Jenny – Caregiver

Jenny is a Health Care Assistant with experience at the Lodge at Broadmead and Parry Place. She loves taking care of the elderly because she appreciates their morals, values and principles and has learned a lot from their experience and wisdom. Her care is client-centred with dignity, independence, privacy, preference and safety. In Jenny’s free-time, she likes photography, film making, reading and hiking.

 Rebecca - Caregiver

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.

Loema - Caregiver

Loema – Caregiver

Loema had been a Health Care Assistant going on 12 years now. She finds this career path natural and a privilege. She loves being a part of her clients’ lives and always makes sure they are happy and satisfied. Loema’s sweet nature and loving care has made her a popular caregiver with our clients. In Loema’s free-time, she loves to propagate plants and watch them grow.

Anna - Caregiver

Anna – Caregiver

Anna has been formally taking care of the elderly since graduation as a Health Care Assistant over a year ago. Anna is intuitive and loves making strong relationships with her clients. She is very skilled at taking care of clients with dementia and loves making sure they are happy and safe. She is very patient and always has a smile. Anna loves to cook and read.

Vicente - Caregiver

Vicente – Caregiver

Vicente starting taking care of the elderly with his grandparents, which naturally led him to become a Health Care Assistant. He is a gentle soul with a strong work ethic that is encompassed with compassion. Everything he does is to the fullest with care and love. In his free-time, Vicente likes to play basketball and the guitar.

Alfred - Caregiver

Alfred – Caregiver

Alfred has formally been taking care of the elderly since graduating as a Health Care Assistant. He views his clients as if they were his family and gives them love, compassion and respect. He is very attentive in his care and is always careful that they are safe, comfortable and happy. In Alfred’s free-time, he enjoys gardening, going to movies and learning and appreciating cars.

Kirt - Caregiver

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.

Vilma - Caregiver

Vilma – Caregiver

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.

Gina - Caregiver

Gina – Caregiver

Gina has been helping the elderly from an early age due to her grandparents. This lead her to become a Health Care Assistant. She feels taking care of the elderly makes her life complete. She is kind, considerate and always gives 100% to the care she gives. She believes the elderly deserve our respect and honour and makes sure her clients are happy and satisfied. In her free-time, she is busy taking care of the daughter and loves to cook.

Art - Caregiver

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 – 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 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 – 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.

Angelina - Caregiver

Angelina – Caregiver

Angelina came to Canada from Syria in 1982 and has been a Health Care Aide for 14 years. Angelina comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge, especially around Dementia and Alzheimers. Her favorite part of working for Home Care Assistance is the difference she gets to make each day in her client’s lives. Angelina enjoys helping people and it was for this reason that she decided to become a Health Care Aide. In her free time Angelina likes to swim, go for walks and go out for breakfast with her friends. Angelina is a valued part of the Health Care Assistance team and her warm smile and caring personality shine through in everything she does.

Charito Espallardo - Caregiver

Charito Espallardo – Caregiver

Charito began her caregiving work with the elderly, ten years ago in a nursing home. She has since worked internationally including the United Kingdom, Cyprus, and Europe. Her experience with assisting clients who are dealing with Parkinson’s, Dementia and Heart Conditions have provided valuable knowledge. Charito enjoys providing proper care for her clients and building good rapport with those she takes care of. Charito loves cooking and baking, making them her primary hobbies.

Trevor Laca - Caregiver

Trevor Laca – Caregiver

Trevor has been providing caregiving services to clients for the last six months. He likes time spent with clients, drawing from his personal cultural experiences, to focus on the enjoyment of taking care of aging relatives. Trevor looks forward to seeing his client’s smiles, as he provides the care they need and ensures that he treats each client with equally good care. His hobbies include sports and being active in Volleyball and Basketball. He also takes time to hike and jog, with his family and friends

Zyron Pagsiat - Caregiver

Zyron Pagsiat – Caregiver

Zyron has six years experience as a caregiver, including two years in the Philippines, three years in Canada as a live-in caregiver, and one additional year as a caregiver for an agency. He loves taking care of the elderly because of the opportunity it provides, to be a good person by helping others and to assist them in a way that he would want his own grandparents to have been cared for. Zyron has researched how he can be a more effective caregiver and feels that his ability to provide a patient, happy environment, make his care special. His hobbies include playing the guitar, using the computer, cooking and time spent with his friends.

Marilyn Geganto - Caregiver

Marilyn Geganto – Caregiver

Marilyn has been caregiving for almost nine years. Her experience includes working with a seizure patient. She appreciates making elderly clients smile and letting them talk about what they have enjoyed in their lives. She likes to make their days as happy and enjoyable, as possible. Marilyn’s special qualities include ensuring that the highest standards of care are met throughout the length of service, understanding the importance of listening to the needs of the client and her ability to work under pressure. She takes time to participate in several hobbies, including reading, cooking, volunteer work, church activities, a women’s group and singing.

Marian Bermal - Caregiver

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.

Julie Mangaoang - Caregiver

Julie Mangaoang – Caregiver

Julie has been a Caregiver for nearly six years. She finds addressing the challenges of her profession make her feel good about her work and inspire a sense of satisfaction for her efforts. Julie offers a calm and friendly demeanor that clients appreciate, as she works with them to meet their needs. Her interests include reading, listening to client’s stories, playing games, walking and cooking.


Lisette Vizconde – Caregiver

Lisette has been Caregiving for the elderly for three years. She finds spending time getting to know her clients and listening to their stories, to be an amazing and fun part of their daily activities. Lisette enjoys giving her all, in providing the best of care to her clients and does so without limitations. Her hobbies and interests include good conversation and television dramas, time with friends, travel to beautiful locations and browsing social media.

Bernard Rillera

Bernard Rillera – Caregiver

Bernard started taking care of the elderly in 2008, in Italy. He has since continued working in Canada, based on his client’s needs. Bernard’s work shows his dedication to upholding the principle of ‘helping and uplifting’ others. He recognizes that the caregiving profession has clients in one of the most vulnerable sectors of our society and strives to ensure that his care is personal, adapting to consistently provide for the well-being of his client, no matter the demands. Bernard enjoys getting to know those in his care and to listening to their both their life experiences and feats accomplished. His hobbies and interests include fishing and playing the guitar.


Roberto Jose D. Celdran – Caregiver

Roberto has been taking care of a wide variety of elderly clients, for close to 4 years. He likes that each client has their own unique wisdom to offer and lessons about life, especially for a young adult like himself. Roberto finds delight in hearing about his client’s past accomplishments and in listening to their colourful stories. His ability to go beyond basic Assisted Daily Living (ADL) needs, to recognize and acknowledge the value of his aging clients as whole, physical and spiritual beings make Roberto’s care special. He strives to be a bright beacon of hope when they are feeling down or to be on hand as a valuable friend, cheering them up and engaging each in the activities they love best, even if only for a few hours. Roberto is someone who consistently learns through reading and intelligent conversations, has a genuine appreciation of art and creativity (crafting), and music (classical, alternative, pop) as long as the sound is soothing and has a great / special message. Additionally, he loves any activities that involve the outdoors and nature, adores gardening and has a ‘green thumb’.

Aron de la Fuente

Aron de la Fuente – Caregiver

Aron has been working in the caregiving field for 4 years. His most recent experience is complimented by training completed during the Care Aide Course, which he graduated from in 2014. His priority is to help those he cares for and to serve them to the best of his abilities. Aron is glad to assist and learn as he works with his clients. He works to maintain his client’s health and safety, ensuring that they have a happy life. Aron also enjoys exercise and playing games, appropriate to his client’s health.

Andrea DeMan - Caregiver

Andrea DeMan – Caregiver

Andrea has been taking care of the elderly for 1 year. She enjoys building relationships and likes feeling that she is being helpful, making a difference in people’s lives. Andrea strives to go over and above what is expected, can easily multi-task and thrives on the ability to do so. As a parent and grandparent, she has an abundance of compassion, understanding and respect for people. Andrea enjoys writing poetry and reading, loves to swim, go to the beach, walk and spend time outdoors. She is also a crafter, with a love for cooking and baking.

Elwina Delos Reyes - Caregiver

Elwina Delos Reyes – Caregiver

Elwina started working as an HCA in 2012. During her five years experience, she has found joy in providing care for the elderly. Elwina treats her clients as family, caring for their health and ensuring that they have the best of her service and knowledge, as an HCA. Elwina enjoys singing.

Avy Barcelonia - Caregiver

Avy Barcelonia – Caregiver

Avy has been providing caregiving services for six years. She has both facility and personal care experience, with her preference being in the community providing personal care on a 1-1 basis. Avy enjoys working with her clients and finds that her role, gives her a sense of self-satisfaction by knowing that she has helped someone in need. She likes to make those in her care laugh and to make their day better. Avy listens to and treats all of her clients in the manner they most prefer, fairly and respectfully. She pays close attention to their needs and wants, being mindful of the care of their home. Avy enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephew. She also likes hiking and playing volleyball.

Marilyn Villaraza - Caregiver

Marilyn Villaraza – Caregiver

Marilyn first worked as a staff nurse in the Cardiology Medical ward then transitioned to providing compassionate personal care for the elderly, upon relocating to Canada in 2009. It is Marilyn’s passion to consistently provide tender, respectful and loving care for her clients/patients. She enjoys walking, cooking, solving puzzles, watching movies, gardening, listening to music and interacting with people.

Neelam Nayak- Caregiver

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 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.