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
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.
Nick Chrapko, Region 4 Director
Born in the small community of Duvenary, AB, Nick moved to Edmonton at the age of 13 where he lived and attended school until age 18. After turning 18 in 1959, Nick relocated to rural Alberta to pursue a position as a railway telegrapher. Nick spent 20 years as a CN station relief agent and in 1979, started a hobby farm with his wife selling organic, free range food. Nick looks forward to continuing to make Edmonton an age friendly city, so that every senior is supported to age well.
Sue Lafferty, Region 4 Director, Secretary, Treasurer
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, Vice President
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.
John Feddema, Region 9 Director
John graduated from Vermillion School Of Agriculture in 1961 and then took over the mixed farm from his mother. Never really retiring he and his wife Irene have for the last eight years been vendors at Alberta Farmers Markets. There they meet thousands of people from everywhere every week selling their products “Roasted Dandelion Root Teas and Coffee Substitutes”. Harvesting is done in the fall with up to 10,000 pounds of root annually washed and dried. In 2016, John and Irene moved into a senior lodge in Camrose and became acquainted with what that change in life transition can and cannot be. An important part of their history was raising a family of four sons and two daughters followed by fourteen grandchildren. To make being seniors in Alberta a great and rewarding experience while stopping Ageism is a goal worth seeking.
Donna Durand, Executive Director
As an artist and educator, Donna is passionate about sharing the message aging is normal and natural! 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. As a representative of Alberta Council on Aging, emphasis is placed on what it takes for older adults to have a high quality of life as demonstrated in age friendly/dementia friendly communities. A dedicated life long learner, Donna is currently certifying as a Yin Yoga instructor and High Five Principles of Healthy Aging trainer.
Jessica Kinsella, Volunteer Coordinator
Jessica Kinsella has recently joined our team after working in the non-profit sector for the past 7 years. Jessica graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Human Ecology and a minor in Aging and has primarily worked for senior-serving organizations throughout her early career. She is passionate about supporting and working with older adults so they can age well in their communities. In her spare time, she volunteers with some local charity events in the Edmonton area and loves giving back to her community. When she’s not busy, she can be found working in her garden or walking her two dogs in the Edmonton river valley.