Keystone Staff

Valerie Wiens, Owner & Care Manager

RN GNC (c) Gerontology Nurse Certification (Canada) 

After over 36 years experience as a RN in various settings including ER in major trauma centers, Remote nursing on Southern Gulf Islands, Community health care, Hospice & Long term care, LPN Instructor and Case Manager – Valerie changed to focusing seniors care knowledge into private care. After caregiving for both parents who moved to BC to have their knowledgable caregiving daughter for their last 4 years, Valerie put her personal experience, professional knowledge of the healthcare system as well as creative problem-solving into a book called ‘What do we do about Mom?’ as this is most often asked. 

As Wendy moved to new opportunities, Valerie was happy to stand on Wendy’s great reputation and continue to grow Keystone Eldercare Solutions in both local Comox Valley care as well as remote Navigation meetings to help guide families in decision making and identifying problems to solve creatively and with all information.

Recently certified in GNC (c) reflecting years of seniors care and soon proudly completing certification as a Teepa Snow Care Consultant which will be foundational approach for dementia care. 

On days off, Valerie aims to get out in her kayak and stare at blue ocean far away from computers and chores for the many Maine Coon cats she breeds as well. If her husband Les can join or their grown 3 children plus daughter in-law want to paddle then they are welcome!

Wendy Johnstone, Founder

B.P.H.E., P.B.D. (Gerontology), M.A. (Gerontology)

Wendy started Keystone Eldercare Solutions 15 years ago and developed a trusted relationship with clients and professionals alike. She now works at a Provincial level with Family Caregivers of BC to effect change and support caregivers across the province.

With a Master’s Degree in Gerontology and  20 years experience working with family caregivers and seniors, Wendy is well-equipped and passionate about helping others make informed decisions while they deal with a crisis or navigate transitions associated with the aging process.

Wendy understands the importance of supporting caregivers and seniors in making informed decisions about their future care.  

Wendy loves to write, almost as much as she likes to talk.  You can find all of her columns and blogs here or follow her on Facebook.   Wendy also writes for Inspired Senior Living.


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“You are amazing! What I tried to do in 2 months, you did in 1 week. You’ve helped us navigate the system, made sense of Mom’s disease, and gave back her independence and control. Thank you for making such a difference in Mom’s life and giving us, her family, complete peace of mind.”

– Mike G., Nanaimo, BC