Ron Rose, President


Ron graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Pharmacy. He has forty years of experience in hospital, long term care, corrections and community pharmacy. He is married, with two children and two grandchildren and two granddogs.

Ron has been active with ACA Region 5 for the last 7 years, and on the provincial board of directors for 4 years.

Jennifer Wrzosek, Region 1 Director, Secretary

Jennifer is a retired teacher and school board member. She is actively involved in her community with the food bank, Development and Peace social justice committee, schools and is a retreat facilitator. Jennifer is married with four children, and five grandchildren. She loves to travel, garden, read and write.


Kim Winger, Region 2 Director


Kim Winger’s personal experience of aging and supporting her aging family members has prompted further learning and sharing with others.  She is especially interested in being an active voice for raising awareness and creating dialogue around the growing needs of our aging population, with specific interest in rural and remote living implications. Lac La Biche has been her home for 38 years, where she worked in social services and adult education. Kim and her husband have three children.

Gail Hiller, Region 4 Director, Treasurer

Gail works on a part-time basis in accounting. She also has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Clothing and Textiles of which she taught in College and University. Gail still enjoys “dabbling in that a little”.  Currently, Gail is passionate about a project making special needs clothing items for long term care residents.

Gary Pool, Region 4 Director

After 24 years with Syncrude, Gary retired to Sturgeon County (near Morinville). His final position with Syncrude was Manager of Regulatory Approvals ND Community Relations. This position required him to build relationships, communicate effectively and to develop skills in community relationships.

Gary is an active volunteer. He has been a volunteer with the Morinville Seniors Rendez-Vous Centre serving a number of Board positions and leading their fundraising efforts since 2002. He has also been on the Board of the Alberta Council on Aging since 2008 as a Board member and as President from 2011 to 2013. He has represented Alberta Council on Aging on a Seniors Task Force coordinated through Public Interest Alberta and on the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council.

Keith Sterling, Region 5 Director

Keith was born in Red Deer, raised in Benalto and earned a Masters degree in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta. Keith is married to Vivian and before moving to Red Deer nine years ago, they resided in Wetaskiwin where they raised their two children. After being principal of a Junior High School, from which he retired because of mouth cancer, he was involved with his data processing and computer company.  Keith’s volunteer work includes Alberta Council on Aging, Wetaskiwin City Council, the Church, Kinsmen and Condominium Boards.  He was involved at the provincial level with The Alberta Teachers’ Association, Alberta Education and is a past President of the Alberta Council on School Administration.

Frank Hoebarth, Region 6 Director

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Frank left the west to study in Ottawa where he earned Bachelor of Arts and Philosophy degrees before returning to Vancouver, graduating with a Masters of Social Work. Frank was married to Germaine, who passed away in 2014.  While they had no children, they "borrowed" them, especially from their extended family. Besides watching these children grow they also watched their champion Beagles mature.  Frank has been an advocate for seniors, representing Calgary and area, on the board of Alberta Council on Aging for many years.

Brenda Josephs, Region 6 Director

After spending the first part of her career in the golf industry, Brenda changed directions and has spent most of her career in the senior living industry.  Brenda and her husband Ron have five grown children and two Yorkshire Terriers.  Brenda has a degree in Gerontology and is a Life Coach with a special interest in promoting mental health and overall well-being for older adults. Brenda is also a volunteer with the Calgary Seniors Resource Society, and the Calgary Grey Cup Committee.

Gordon Nott, Region 8 Director
Gordon's career in telecommunications began in Medicine Hat, took him to Fort McMurray and he retired from the industry after a final stint in Edmonton. The following ten years he worked at the Robin Association for the Handicapped in Sherwood Park. Those years were the most gratifying of his working career. A decision to be with his parents in their aging years brought him back to Medicine Hat.  Many enjoyable leisure hours over the years came through coaching minor league hockey and baseball, fishing, hunting, camping, gardening and barbershop quartet singing. Observing a lack of social and family support for many seniors inspired Gordon to get involved with opportunities to help ensure the best possible life style for seniors. He has also been a member of the City of Medicine Hat Senior Citizens Advisory Committee for the past six years.
Donna Durand, Executive Director

Donna Durand is a recreation therapist and singer songwriter currently employed as Executive Director of Alberta Council on Aging. As a seniors’ advocate and educator, Donna is passionate about delivering the message aging can be victorious. Donna has had the privilege of sharing workshops and presentations with thousands of community members and at major conferences. Donna has worked front line to administration in health care and housing and is sensitive to the issues around healthy aging, aging in community and dementia care best practice. As a representative of Alberta Council on Aging, emphasis is placed on senior’s care as well as age friendly/dementia friendly communities.

Laureen Guldbrandsen, Community Outreach Coordinator
Laureen drives community engagement and social causes through her work as Community Outreach Coordinator. Laureen provides support to volunteers across the province in delivering Senior Friendly™ Programs on a variety of subjects important to older person’s in Alberta. If she doesn't have a book in hand (or at least with her) it's probably not her.


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