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

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, Secretary

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.

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.

Support Team

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.