100 Blair Avenue, Tatamagouche, N.S. B0K 1N0 Tel : (902) 657-3101 Fax : (902) 657-3859

Janine Jaconelli

Executive Director

Phone : (902) 657 3101  Ext 23

Janine is the Executive Director at Willow Lodge in Tatamagouche Nova Scotia, where 61 Residents call home. Her educational training in Health Services Management was obtained through Ryerson University in Toronto and her Administrator Leadership certification from the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors.

Being aware of the Eden philosophy since the late nineties, her goal has been to Lead in a home that is registered and practicing the Eden Alternative. It is this goal that brought her to the Maritimes. Janine brings experience obtained through diverse senior leadership roles within Community Living, L’Arche, Retirement and Long Term Care communities.

Janine is passionate about the support given to our residents entrusted in our care; “We must challenge ourselves daily to find opportunities for growth not only for ourselves but also for the residents we serve” It is her belief that through constant reflection, we can have greater influence on the ongoing culture change necessary to eliminate Boredom, Helplessness and Loneliness.

Willow Lodge has created a positive reputation in the community for the work it has done as they grow in their Eden journey. Janine resides in Tatamagouche and commutes between her families home in Ontario.


Kent MacDonald

Director of Operations

Phone : (902) 657 3101  Ext 31

Kent is our Director of Operations, and came to Willow Lodge in December of 2019 after working in Facility Maintenance at the local hospital for 5 years. Prior to that, he was employed as Property Manager at Tatamagouche Centre for 23 years.  Kent is responsible for Dietary Services, Laundry, Housekeeping and Maintenance here at Willow Lodge.

Kent grew up in Tatamagouche, attended North Colchester High School and later Mount Saint Vincent University. He has been a member of the Tatamagouche Fire Department for nearly 30 years, and is proud to have been able to live, work and volunteer in his home community.

Kent and his wife Jane enjoy spending their free time at their cottage at Reid’s Cove, and enjoy outdoor activities as much as possible.


Peggy Weatherby

Director of Finance

Julie Rankin-Tattrie

Director of Recreation

Daphne Mertin

Office Administration


Willow Lodge Board of Directors

Linda Rees
Floyd Tucker
Dave Speakman
Gail Matheson
Robert Mingo

Dale Jollymore
Spurgeon Stewart
Susan Baker
Brenda Richard
Dorit Swan
Ian Glass

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