About Us

Our story, location and team.

Our History

The congregation of Dovercourt Baptist Church wanted to contribute to their neighbourhood and believed that the establishment of a retirement home would have a lasting legacy. New Horizons Tower has become that legacy as one of the City's well-established not-for-profit senior housing providers.

Operating since 1974 as a charitable organization, NHT’s commitment to enhancing and enriching the lives of seniors who choose to live in the heart of Bloordale Village has never been stronger. From delicious dining to well-designed suites and lounges, there is plenty for residents to enjoy at NHT!

A Vibrant Neighbourhood

New Horizons Tower features the benefits of affordable retirement living in Bloordale Village, a vibrant and stable neighbourhood located in Toronto’s West End. NHT is ideally located steps from the Dufferin subway and directly connected to Dovercourt Baptist Church. Located one block south, Dufferin Mall offers over 140 shops and services for all your needs.

Management Team

Meet our leaders.


Ken Sweatman

General Manager

Ken is no stranger to senior living. In his early twenties, Ken found himself at Fellowship Towers on part time security detail. Today, at New Horizons Tower, 'Join the Action' is more than a slogan; Ken is the man of action as he leads the renewal of NHT. From speed to execution, Ken's business background is key to the swift progress that has been made. Like a skilled chess player, Ken is able to see around the corner and to sense what is coming next. Motivated by residents who see the renewal taking shape, and inspired as the community grows, Ken's vision for NHT as it prepares to mark 40 years is one of both celebration and preparation. "A return of NHT to its roots as a key player in the local senior community is cause for celebration, while the renewal of NHT prepares us all for what is around the corner," remarks Ken.


Sylvia Teasdale

Executive Director

Want something done? Ask Sylvia. As an integral member of the management team, Sylvia is everyone's right hand. Her background in protocol, logistics and planning benefit all aspects of NHT, especially these days of construction, change and renewal. As a people person, Sylvia knows individual residents and easily connects with them. She understands the challenges residents face as surroundings change and their community grows. The people at NHT are Sylvia's most enjoyable aspect of her day, motivated by residents who are happy, safe and secure. The mutual love and respect is clear. Sylvia is excited about the changes she sees as they signify that we are becoming, 'a beautiful, healthy and vital community'.


Robin Ellingwood

Director of Resident Services

With over eighteen years of non-profit management experience, Robin is well equipped to serve the needs of residents and their families. Through his role as Director of Resident Services, he endeavours to bring comfort, joy, and dignity by connecting residents to our supportive staff, students, and volunteers. Robin also oversees our Community Life and Front Desk teams, coordinates staff training, promotes NHT’s elder-centred approach to care, and serves as Chaplain.


Elma Luis

Director of Dining

Elma could very well be the matriarch as she brings the love of food, nutrition and home-style cooking to NHT. Everything is made from scratch, on site from two daily soups to main entrees and desserts. The quality around dining service, food, and variety of meals is apparent as residents now have more choices than ever, from main entrees to vegetarian and therapeutic diets, all nutritional needs are covered. Residents and guests will soon enjoy beautiful specialty coffees and teas in the new Bloor Street Cafe, as the dining room renovation nears completion. Elma's vision for marking 40 years is the unveiling of a fresh new face, at NHT together with a gala dinner for all residents and family to enjoy. Bon Appetit!


Justine Bush

Director of Nursing & Wellness

Justine’s 10 plus years of seniors advocacy as a nurse, are an essential part of NHT’s leadership team. Her experience in both Long Term Care and Retirement Living provide valuable insights in managing the health and wellness of our residents. Justine is passionate about advocating for those who need it most by helping residents and their families navigate the often-complicated pathways of healthcare. It is important to Justine that all residents have access to the care and support they may need, keeping in mind their well-being, safety and independence. Justine embraces a holistic approach to care, supporting all aspects of well-being.

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