Ron Rose, President

 

Ron is a retired pharmacist who graduated from the University of Saskatchewan. He has forty years of experience in hospital, long term care and corrections as well as some part-time community pharmacy. He is married, with two children and two grandchildren and two grand-dogs. Ron has been active with ACA Region 5 for the last 7 years. He served on the home care and outreach committees, then as vice-president and president of the region’s executive.  He has been the Region 5 representative to the ACA board since 2014, is active in the Red Deer K40 club (retired Kinsmen). He has served as a director and past president of his condo board.


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 is retired from many years of working in social services and adult education. Kim’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 and her husband have raised their three children and enjoyed years of active community participation with many friends and family.

Gail Hiller, Region 4 Director, Treasurer

Gail is a semi retired accountant and continues to work with businesses in assisting with accounting software.   Gail has been on the board of directors of the ACA for several years in the role of Treasurer. Gail has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Clothing and Textiles and taught College and University many years ago, and still manages to “dabble in that a little”.  Currently, Gail is working with the ERBC to make special needs clothing items for an extended care resident. 

 
Gary Pool, Region 4 Director

Gary retired to Sturgeon County (near Morinville) after 24 years with Syncrude, largely in Fort McMurray. 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.

Since his retirement Gary has been 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 co-ordinated through Public Interest Alberta and on the Edmonton Seniors Co-ordinating Council.



Keith Sterling, Region 5 Director

Keith was born in Red Deer, raised in Benalto and earned a Masters 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 the Alberta Council on Aging for many years.


Brenda Josephs, Region 6 Director

Brenda is originally from Manitoba, grew up in Calgary and lived for a few years in BC before returning to Calgary in 2002.  After spending the first part of her career in the golf industry, she changed directions and has spent most of her career as an Executive Director in the senior living industry.  Brenda and her husband Ron have five grown children and two small 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 was born in the Cypress Hills, south of Medicine Hat, and raised, educated and married in Medicine Hat. His 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 with physically and mentally challenged adults at the Robin Association for the Handicapped in Sherwood Park, and 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, where coaching minor league hockey and baseball, fishing, hunting, family camping, gardening and barbershop quartet singing have all provided him with many enjoyable leisure hours over the years. 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 her 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 has driven community engagement and social causes through her work with Alberta Council on Aging as social media coordinator and more recently as Community Outreach Coordinator with her Bachelor of Applied Communications. Laureen travels the province delivering Senior Friendly™ Programs on a variety of subjects important to older person’s in Alberta.

 

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