Board of Directors
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.
Rita Loken, Treasurer
Rita Loken has recently retired from her position as a Chartered Accountant at a small public practice accounting firm in Edmonton. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta and a Chartered Accountants designation. Rita has four children and four grandchildren. She likes to spend time with her eight year old grandson, is an avid reader and attends Tai Chi, yoga and Pilates.
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.
Paul Boisvert, Region 2 Director
Paul Boisvert was a classroom teacher, Junior High School principal and Deputy Superintendent of Schools for over 38 years. Since his retirement, he has spent 25 years as a volunteer and executive member with a number of organizations whose aim it is to make life as enjoyable as possible for seniors. His personal hobbies include stamp collecting, photography, bird watching, writing, and being a long-time member of a community choir. Paul swims 5 times a week.
Sue Lafferty, Region 4 Director
Sue Lafferty is a retired registered nurse who worked in Alberta Health Services (AHS) as a nurse, educator and administrator in Edmonton. Retiring from AHS in 2015, she continues to work as an Infection Prevention and Control consultant. She has been actively participating in pool exercise at the St. Albert Fountain Park pool, volunteering at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, providing care and support to a family member in continuing care, spending time with her 2 grown sons and their spouses, and traveling with her husband, Mike. Sue has an interest in the unique needs of seniors in Alberta, particularly in combating ageism.
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.
Pat Santa, Region 7 Director
Pat began her career as a Registered Dental Assistant and was elected President of the Alberta Dental Assistants Association (College of Alberta Dental Assistants) in 2004/05. She was employed in the Dental Department of the Lethbridge Health Unit and then moved to employment as an Educational Assistant with Lethbridge School District #51 until retiring in 2017. She is the Past President of Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre where she still volunteers. She also volunteered on the Economic Development Lethbridge Board until March 2019. Pat believes in giving back in meaningful ways to make Alberta a great place to live, raise a family and age well. She hopes to meet other ACA members at upcoming meetings and events.
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.
Becca Barrington, Let’s Stop Ageism Campaign Coordinator
Becca will be working with Alberta Council on Aging as Campaign Coordinator for the Let’s Stop Ageism Campaign. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Alberta, she was lucky enough to land a job with GeriActors Theatre as their Administrator in 2012. She currently works for GeriActors as Associate Director, and is involved with Age Friendly Edmonton’s Intergenerational Hub (a component of their Leadership Table). She has also worked with Theatre Alberta and Chrysalis Society. Becca is looking forward to connecting with individuals and organizations throughout the province, learning about existing initiatives, hearing stories and working alongside the many champions to #LetsStopAgeism.