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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Staff

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.