Our Team

        Dr. Suzy Casimir0
Founder & DirectorTree Of Life was founded by Dr. Suzy Casimiro. For over 25 years, Suzy taught Social Sciences with an emphasis on gerontology, human services and community studies across 3 countries; Australia, Canada and Singapore. She has devoted her career to improving service provision to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Communities.Suzy is internationally recognized for her research. She has extensive published refereed articles on (CaLD) communities as well as evaluations on the effectiveness of government agencies in delivering services to their communities. Suzy has identified gaps/issues in Government policies and programs and initiated options for achieving goals and objectives to adequately respond to the needs of CaLD communities and provided advice on programs of other public sector agencies.Suzy also teaches in the School of Business at Humber College. She continues to contribute to the wider community through teaching and her participation in workshops, conferences and journal editorial boards. Her research leadership is recognized through her contribution and position on high quality international journal editorial boards.Suzy’s greatest impetus is to strive for excellence in service delivery to all members of our society, especially CaLD communities.
    Caroline Shemilt
Registered Nurse
Director of Client CareCaroline is the Director of Client Care for Tree Of Life Senior Caregiving Services. She is dedicated to ensuring a positive client experience, as well as working with the personal support workers and nurses to lead quality, safety and service at Tree of Life. Caroline is a Registered Nurse and and has been certified for over 20 years through the College of Nurses of Ontario.Caroline has dedicated over 20 years to providing leadership in nursing by advocating and improving the quality of life for seniors in Toronto. Caroline has held various leadership roles as Director of Nursing Care in both the retirement and long term care home communities. She has also been responsible for academic affiliation relationships, academic program partnerships, nursing student clinical placement coordination, nursing career development programs and recruitment of persons into nursing. This work led to a nomination of a Nursing Leadership Award in 2013 by RNAO a province-wide honour for nurses who uphold nursing leadership core values. She has been the guest speaker at various healthcare conferences, nursing workshops and other nursing venues.Caroline received recognition for her collaborative success on reducing reliance on anti-psychotic drug use in a long term care home. Caroline continues her advocacy while providing exceptional care with compassion and warmth.