Riverview Manor administrator brings well-rounded experience to position

Matt Riel has previously served as administrator at three other OMNI homes

A key strength Riverview Manor administrator Matt Riel brings to his position is well-rounded experience managing three other OMNI Health Care long-term care homes in the span of two years.

Matt, who became Riverview Manor’s administrator in January, joined the OMNI team in April 2020 when he became the administrator at Kentwood Park in Picton. He has also served as administrator at West Lake Terrace and Willows Estate.

A Peterborough native who says he’s happy to be back in his hometown, Matt says the experience of working with people from across OMNI has afforded him the opportunity to work with many people within the organization who have helped him grow professionally in a short time.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work at some of the smallest OMNI homes and at some of the larger OMNI homes; I’ve worked with a diverse group of people, from small communities, like Picton in Prince Edward County, to much larger communities, like Aurora (in the Greater Toronto Area), and now I’m back in Peterborough,” Matt tells The OMNIway.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of people across the company and with a lot of experienced managers, and I have worked with the great staff across the board at OMNI, so it has been great.”

Matt says he’s found lots of support throughout OMNI during his first two years with the organization. When he began his OMNI career at Kentwood Park, the COVID-19 pandemic had just started and there was lots of uncertainty in the long-term care sector, which had never faced a crisis of this magnitude.

However, Matt says working with team members such as Streamway Villa administrator Kylie Szczebonski early on and later with Aimee Merkley, Doneath Stewart, Pat Chartier and Shawn Riel from head office while at the Willows, he was able to make transitions and meet challenges.

The teamwork and camaraderie he has experienced since joining the OMNI team have stood out for Matt, he says.

“I had an opportunity to learn through some really great mentors,” Matt says, adding that the addition of director of care Tammy Colman-Sadd to the Riverview team when he came on board has also been a plus.

“Having Tammy join our leadership here around the same time (has benefited Riverview Manor), and she has brought a lot of knowledge to her position,” he says.

Looking ahead, Matt says he’s looking forward to the completion of the Riverview Manor capital redevelopment project, which will see a new 192-bed home on Langton Street in Peterborough’s north end replace the existing 124-bed home on Water Street.

“I’m excited to work with the staff here and I look forward to growing with Riverview as it advances to a larger home in the future,” he says.

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