About us

Self-Sufficient Seniors offers an innovative approach to senior care and provides the cornerstone for a continued independent lifestyle. Our philosophy of wellness is grounded in a holistic approach, which is implemented in every program developed.

Our team

Our team consists of experienced health care professionals committed to ensuring that our clients are given the best personalized care for their individual needs. We look forward to working with you!

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Karen Spanner-Lauzon

Karen graduated with honours from the University of Ottawa Human Kinetics undergraduate program and continued to pursue her passion at the University of New Brunswick where she received her Masters in Science. Her thesis focused on implementing physical health programs for vulnerable populations and measuring the physical and mental outcomes, which lead her back into senior care upon returning to Ottawa.

Karen has been working to upgrade the quality of senior care in the Ottawa area for over 10 years. Karen’s deep understanding of senior care needs and a passion for helping other lead her to establish Self-Sufficient Seniors in 2014. For the past five years, Karen has been providing innovative programs that are tailored specifically to the individual needs of her clients providing them with the independence seniors deserve.

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Jordan Brazier

Jordan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University and a Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Mohawk College. Her certifications include: Gentle Persuasive Approach, Tiered Exercise Programming, Foundations of Gentle Teaching & Multi-Sensory Environment and Leisurescope Assessment Training.

Before joining Self-Sufficient Seniors, Jordan facilitated successful group and individual recreational, social and physical programs for individuals living with various stages of dementia as well as cognitive and physical impairment. Jordan has a passion for enabling independence in seniors through meaningful and engaging interactions that include stimulation in all domains of health.

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Catherine Shaw

Catherine works as a care consultant providing specialized support to seniors with the goal of maintaining their overall health and independence. With extensive personal and professional experience as a caregiver for individuals with neurocognitive impairment, she is attuned to the importance of personalized strategies to promote engagement and facilitate positive outcomes.

She graduated from Carleton University in 2012 with an MA in Research Psychology and her thesis examined potential applications of a group-based stress management program. Throughout this time, she was committed to providing the best care possible for her dad who had developed vascular dementia following a stroke in 2003. Their journey began at home with LHIN support for several years, followed by several unsatisfying years within the long-term care system. With the help of caring staff members willing to teach the ABCs of hands-on care, as well as making necessary modifications to create an accessible and safe home environment, they were ultimately able to return home with support from friends and family. With a wealth of first-hand experience to share, Catherine is looking forward to helping families achieve the best care possible for their loved ones, whether at home or with support in a residential facility.

She enjoys reading, gardening, and sharing her busy multigenerational home with an assortment of furry and feathered companions. Catherine is also a long-time volunteer with various community-based charitable organizations providing essential care services including Meals on Wheels and May Court Hospice. She has completed the 30-hour palliative and end-of-life care training with Hospice Care Ottawa as well as The Ottawa Hospital’s Ethics Education Program, a 12-week professional training program. Catherine continues to pursue professional training through the University of Tasmania’s Dementia Care post-degree certification program.