The Hamlets at Deer Park
Our team of highly trained and experienced staff at The Hamlets at Deer Park in Red Deer, Alberta understand the needs of seniors and are hand-picked to ensure our residents are always treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Our team and our philosophy for health and happiness are reasons our communities are the preferred places to be. Contact us to find out which residential care, assisted living or independent living community is right for your or your loved one.
Andre Van Ryk: Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Andre Van Ryk, Chief Executive Officer / Chief Financial Officer is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Andre has been with H&H since 2006 to assist with the growth of H&H. Before joining H&H, he was employed as an assurance and business advisor at a public chartered accounting firm. Prior to this position, Andre was the Chief Financial Officer of a group of companies, overseeing operations in three different locations in Eastern and Western United States. Andre has used these experiences to develop and implement an effective and efficient operating and reporting structure at H&H, and has influenced much of the corporate change since joining H&H.
Andre remains involved in a numerous non-profit organizations that allow giving back to the community. It is also in these organizations that Andre, in addition to his influence at H&H, is able to develop and communicate a vision and strategies.
Hendrik Van Ryk: Chief Operations Officer
During Hendrik’s tenure working in health care services, he has played very active roles on boards and committees, including: the Surrey Hospice Society, a task group developing Assisted Living standards and practice guidelines, the executive board of the BC Care Providers Association, the Residential Care Leadership Council in Fraser Health Authority and as an advisory board member to the Assisted Living Centre of Excellence (ALCE).
He has provided labour relations leadership through the bargaining of first collective agreements, renewals of several collective agreements, and several job actions involving employee strike actions. In addition to his labour relations experience, he has developed and implemented company wide human resource policy and procedures.
Hendrik’s experience also includes providing operational and executive involvement and support for expansion to current sites and the development and opening of several new sites over his 25 years with the company. The size of developments ranged in size from 4 million to over 30 million dollars in size throughout BC and Alberta.
Hendrik cares deeply for those who are entrusted to the company’s care and he wants to make those years meaningful and cherished for residents and their family and friends.
Sarah Matthews: VP of Care Services
Sarah Matthews first joined H & H Total Care Services in 2015, where she was first employed as a Director of Care. In 2019, Sarah accepted the role as VP of Care Services. With over 24 years experience in health care as a Registered Nurse and educated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Social Welfare, Sarah has provided nursing care and clinical leadership across many healthcare portfolios within public and private healthcare sectors in both the UK and Canada. Sarah has drawn upon her wide range of experience including oncology, palliative care, gerontology, chronic disease management and community health services to ensure quality outcomes for those entrusted into her care and leadership.
As Vice President of Care Services, Sarah is responsible for clinical services and oversight of all care programs offered in our care homes within Alberta and British Columbia. Collaborating with many of our partners to ensure care service regulations, best practice clinical standards, and provincial Ministry of Health initiatives are upheld. Sarah shares a deep commitment in leading the organization through continuous education, quality improvement of care services and program development.
Hank Van Ryk: Founder and Director
Throughout his career he has worked as the project manager for renovations and new construction of retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, hair salons and auto centres as large as 135,000 square feet. These projects included: set-up, staff recruitment, training and promotions, establishment of operational policies, and oversight of ongoing operations upon opening.
Since 1989, Hank has been involved in the health care sector, primarily focusing on geriatrics. He has personally opened one new facility—Bear Creek Lodge—and has helped to establish operational policies for multiple facilities.
In May 2015, Hank shifted his direction, and took on the responsibility of being the Founder and a Director of H&H Total Care Services as his prime focus. In this role, he will ensure the company stays true to its mission, vision and values in addition to his ability to provide strategic and operational advice when called upon.