Meet the Team

Comfort Keepers Ottawa

John Kelly
President & CEO

john-kellyIn 2011, John Kelly became the President & CEO of Comfort Keepers in Ottawa.  John is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of Comfort Keepers focusing primarily on business expansion. John has 44 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience in the technology sector. One of Ottawa’s most respected serial entrepreneurs, John is co-founder of Murphy Business Ottawa.

He is the former CEO of JetForm Corporation, and founded several businesses, including and among others SHL Systemhouse and NABU Network Corporation. John is a board member of several private and public companies, as well as former chair of the United Way Ottawa Campaign, and former honorary chair of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  He is currently Chairman of the Community Advisory Board for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC).

John has received many honors and awards including: Master Entrepreneur of the Year, Ontario (1997); CEO of the Year from the Ottawa Business Journal (1998); Civic Entrepreneur of the Year from the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (1999); Mentor of the Year Award from the province of Newfoundland (2000); Ottawa Business Man of the Year (2001); Chair of the United Way Campaign, Ottawa (2000); Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Ottawa Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (2000).  He was awarded the Governor General Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and the Ottawa Lifetime Achievement Award (2012).  In May 2014, Kelly was honoured at the 29th Annual CATAAlliance Innovation Awards for his outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership which has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada’s advanced technology industry.  The award was sponsored by the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa and was voted on by CATA members.

John holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Iona College, an Honours Law degree from the University of Ottawa, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa.

Nicole Dion
Scheduling Coordinator

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Nicole has always had passion for helping others and has worn many different hats since joining the Comfort Keeper team in 2009.  During her time with us, she has worked as a Patient Sitter, Companion, Personal Support Worker, and as an Office Aid.

Currently, Nicole has the essential role of the Scheduling Coordinator where she is responsible for coordinating the schedules for both the Comfort Keeper Clients as well as Comfort Keeper’s Caregivers.

Nicole is caring, goal oriented and determined and brings along her field experiences which allows her to effectively juggle the changing needs of our clients.  She looks forward to making a difference in people’s lives and giving back to the community she grew up in.

Ruth Legendre
Client Services Coordinator

client services coordinator

Ruth obtained her Bachelors in nursing from Laurentian University. This new registered nurse is eager to make a difference in her community. Ruth is passionate about helping people, especially the older population. Through her community placements and past work experiences as a personal support worker in the past 4 years, her love and appreciation for the elderly have truly grown. Ruth is excited to start her new role and get involved with a community that she has grown to love.

As the client service worker, Ruth has the pleasure of supervising in-home care and support services. With the client and their family members, Ruth is responsible for creating a care plan that is client-centered. Her role is to not only assess the clients, but also bridge the gap between the client and the caregiver and ensure client satisfaction.

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