Getting to Know Our Team – Joanne Sweeney – Recreation and Volunteer Manager


Joanne Sweeney recently joined the Menno Place Leadership Team, bringing skill and enthusiasm to the Recreation and Volunteer programs for residents. Bubbly vibrancy, unbounding enthusiasm and genuine joy mark the heart and life of Joanne. Here are a few questions we asked to get to know her a bit better.

Q: What training did you get in order to do your job here at Menno Place?

A: Kwantlen University College – specialized in geriatric recreation
18 years of management in Recreation in Home Health as well as residential and complex care. I am an Osteofit Instructor, a Ceramaicist and an Art Teacher

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

A: Part of the Canadian Senate

Q: What do you do to relax?

A: I don’t relax… lol
I read, but not much.
I like being busy, I’m constantly running.
I love thinking, dreaming, planning.
I think outside the box.

Q: What two radio stations do you listen to most in your car?

A: I don’t. I prefer the music on my iPod.
It’s every type of music form the Andrew Sisters to ZZ Top and everything in between.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Menno Place?

A: My favorite thing is all the friendly, kind staff. Everyone is passionate about their job – they are here for the right reasons!

Q: What is your favourite place that you’ve been to?

A: Ireland. That’s where my family is from. My grandparents, aunts and uncles all still live there. It’s my best place… when I get to go home. We went home every year for 18 years… mom sacrificed having a car so that we could go home every year.

Q: What is your favourite family recipe?

A: Guiness Stew and some Irish soda bread – that’s the best!

Q: What was your first job?

A: I worked as a cashier at Save-On-Foods when I was 14.

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: I collect dirt and sand from all over the world. I’ve travelled alot – most of the world. I have cabinets of little glass bottles of sand and dirt. It was always a cheap way of bringing back a souvenir.

Q: Who knows you the best?

A: My mother!