Silver Meridian was created in 2001 by founders and owners Darlene Legree and Ron Martyn. The company has grown to become a leader in providing training and consulting services to the Ontario long term care field.
Silver Meridian Co-Owners
RN GNC (C)
Darlene has over 35 years of diverse experience in long term care, from direct care provider, registered nurse, to management and staff education positions. With additional education in Nursing Informatics, MDS and Adult Education, and receiving her Gerontology Certification from the CNA, Darlene provides training and consulting in clinical, documentation, leadership and organizational practices. Darlene sits on the executive of Gerontological Nursing Association of Ontario – Central East Chapter.
Ron combines over 30 years of managerial, recreation and training experience in the long term care field, with a Masters degree in gerontology. He has served as an administrator in long term care, recreationist in facility and community-based settings, and faculty member, program coordinator and department chairperson in the College system. Highly acclaimed as a dynamic presenter, Ron focuses on leadership development, team building, activity program enhancement and organizational effectiveness.
(B.Sc., EMCA, CHE)
Steve is an international speaker and author with 20 years of experience training all ranges of healthcare professionals across Canada and parts of the U.S. in geriatric mental health and organizational dynamics. Steve is distinguished as a Certified Health Executive through the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He has held several leadership positions throughout his career most notably as Clinical Manager of Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry in a mental health hospital. Publishing credits include articles in trade journals, co-author of a book on gerontology and most recently authored the book The ACT of Change Management which appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Steve is also a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer and is actively involved in his local chapter of “Celebrate Recovery,” a faith-based program for individuals with mental health problems and addictions.
BN, MN, RN(EC), CHPCN(C), CPMHN(C), Nurse Practitioner, Adult Class
Franzis has been providing education to healthcare providers, volunteers and patients and their families in the field of geriatrics, mental health and palliative care for 14 years, nationally, internationally in all sectors of healthcare including community, hospital and long term care. Franzis has worked in geriatrics as a Clinical Education Leader and Clinical Nurse Specialist, in psychiatry and mental health as a Psychiatric Nurse practitioner and in the community as a Nurse Practitioner working with persons at end of life. Franzis has expertise in the areas of geriatrics, geriatric and adult mental health, palliative care and clinical best practices in the community, hospital and in long term care.
Malcolm Winter earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Queens University in Kingston , Ontario in 1984. Prior to studying at Queens he pursued a Masters Degree in Freshwater Biology from Trent University in Peterborough Ontario. The MBA focused his presentation, research and analytical skills he had developed while at Trent.
Throughout his career, which has spanned over thirty years, he has moved from being a labour relations generalist in a large Tertiary Care Hospital in Kingston to advising and representing clients in both the public and private sectors in a number of roles including:
– Acting as Chief Spokesperson leading complex group bargaining sessions affecting a number of collective agreements with the major Unions in Ontario (CUPE, Unifor, ONA, and OPSEU);
– Representing Employers at Interest Arbitrations in both Ontario and British Columbia defending extensive written briefs he authored;
– Representing Employers at various Tribunals and Agencies including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, The Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, The Pay Equity Tribunal, and Employment Standards Hearings;
– Representing Employers in front of Rights Arbitration Boards in respect of unresolved grievances;
– Advising Employers in all aspects of Employment and Labour Law for both unionized and non-union employees.
– Supporting Employers by providing focused training on a variety of topics related to labour and employment law.
Malcolm has represented Employers primarily through his affiliation with Bass Associates, a relationship that continues to this day. He has also served in the role in the senior labour and employee relations position for a medium sized management firm that owned and managed nursing and retirement homes in Ontario, British Columbia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky, actively providing services and advice in each of those regions of North America.
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