Meet Our New Executive Director

Date: September 13, 2017 Author: stdemetrius Categories: Latest

Welcome to Our New Executive Director


irena_dounets.jpgThe St. Demetrius Development Corporation (Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre and St. Demetrius Apartments) is pleased to announce the appointment of Irena Dounets as the organization’s new Executive Director. Irena brings a wealth of experience in the long-term care industry, a great passion for making a difference and a deep understanding of the Ukrainian culture and traditions.

Speaking about her new role, Irena says:  “I draw my biggest inspiration and strength from the remarkable achievements of our Ukrainian Canadian community, from our faith, culture and values.  I am profoundly grateful to our predecessors whose hard work and selfless contributions paved the way for us, who are the next generations of Ukrainian Canadians. I cannot feel more honoured and more humbled to be serving our seniors – these hard working men and women who cared deeply for one another and gave so much of themselves to preserve our culture and values and make our community so strong and successful.

 I am excited to be steering the St. Demetrius Development Corporation to its next stage of development, building upon our success and accomplishments in seniors’ care, embracing new opportunities and challenges, expanding our services to more seniors in the community and strengthening our community partnerships, while also preserving our cultural uniqueness and values. It is our values of compassion, generosity, determination, caring for each other and respect for our seniors which are the solid unbreakable foundation of our organization, of our past and present achievements. These same values will guide us into the future, as we continue to work hard to sustain the high quality of our care and services and at the same time reach out to more seniors in the community. ”

Prior to her new role, Irena held senior management positions in other long-term care homes such as the Rekai Centres – Wellesley Central Place and Revera – Elginwood Long Term Care Centre. Irena was Manager of Programs and Volunteers at the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre for the last six years. 

“After an extensive search, we found the best talent in the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre. We were impressed with Irena’s depth of knowledge, her vision of the future of the organization, her firm conviction in the importance of seniors’ care and her deep commitment to our culture and values.”, says Daria Kowalyk, President of the Board of Directors of  the St. Demetrius Development Corporation.