About Us

Provincial Board Members

Vivien Lai

President

Vivien Lai has an MA Degree in Sociology from York University in Toronto. Vivien has specialized training in aging research and policy, quality improvement strategies and measurements, futurist planning and new models of care for continuing care. Vivien has more than forty years of experience as a senior executive and planner in a number of provinces in Canada in the areas of aging policies, health system development, supportive housing, long term care and home care.

Vivien has won numerous awards in her career, including the Premier Award of Excellence for designing New Models of Continuing Care by the Premier of Alberta, the REACH Awards for Bright Ideas for the development and implementation of the Continuing Care Health Services Standards, Continuing Care Strategy, and Continuing Care Services Projection Model by Alberta Health and Wellness. She won the Women of Distinction Award by YMCA in 1999. From January 2012 to November 2015, Vivien was the Vice President of the Brenda Strafford Foundation helping the organization to conduct strategic planning activities. As from 2016, Vivien has been functioning as a Health Care Consultant helping organizations, and professional organizations to do futuristic planning in health and social services to prepare for the aging of the population.

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Bruce West

Vice President

Bruce West is a continuing care advocate. He retired in October 2013 after five years as Executive Director of the Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA), a voluntary, non-profit advocacy organization that represents the owners and operators of long term care and supportive living facilities, and the providers of home care and home support services throughout Alberta.  Prior to his time with the ACCA Bruce had a 30-year career with the Government of Alberta where he held a number of senior management positions related to Alberta’s housing and continuing care systems. Bruce has particular interests in promoting a sustainable continuing care system that enhances the quality of life of the people it serves.

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Wendy King

Treasurer

Wendy King, a CPA, CMA with over 30 years of accounting, business and management experience, has been serving seniors in the continuing care sector since 2001 through the development and operation of publicly funded and private not for profit seniors’ residences. Commencing as the Director of Business Development for St. Michael’s Health Group and then later as the Director of Finance and Administration, she was responsible for the operations of 5 supportive living sites, including one funded under the Private Non-Profit program with the provincial government. She provided operational support and financial direction for the organization including funded programs such as long term care, designated supportive living, adult day support and home care as well as provided oversight of the physician clinic and mobile x-ray services. Through this affiliation, Wendy chaired the joint planning committee with SAGE, City of Edmonton, Servus Credit Union and Alberta Seniors to present the first Elder Abuse Forum in Alberta, bringing together professionals from across Canada to speak on the issue of elder abuse to an audience of 250.

She joined Canterbury Foundation, a charitable organization in Edmonton, as Executive Director in 2012. Canterbury provides independent living, supportive living and memory care to over 310 residents and is funded through AHS Home Living for personal care. The organization is well known for its high quality of services and person centered approach provided by a team of 170 staff including 24/7 RN’s and HCA’s.

Wendy has been active in the continuing care and seniors housing sectors for several years providing board leadership with the Seniors Housing Society of Alberta, Alberta Association on Gerontology Association and now with Alberta Seniors Communities Housing Association. She has also participated on committees, forums and working groups with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services with a view to bringing positive change for continuing care.

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Sarah Lucas

Secretary

Sarah Lucas is a Policy Analyst at Alberta Health in the Continuing Care Branch. Her role involves managing Innovation Grant Projects in which time limited funding is provided to organizations, service providers or community groups to generate new information regarding the delivery of continuing care. Prior to her work in government, Sarah has worked in long term care as a Recreation Therapist as well as doing research with front line providers. Sarah completed her Masters of Science in Aging at the University of Alberta and her research work focused on the consequences of family and friend caregiving.

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Carole-Lynne Le Navenec

Research & Awards Chair, AAG-Mag Editor

Dr. Carole-Lynne Le Navenec has been a Professor of Gerontological Nursing, Family and Community Mental Health Nursing, Psychiatric nursing and Prison Health Nursing at the University of Calgary for the past several years. The focus of her research program has been on the identification of Indicators of quality of care and quality of life for families experiencing a chronic illness (e.g., dementia, traumatic brain injury, severe mental illness), and the role of music and related creative arts in promoting health and healing in those contexts (see selected publications on the University of Calgary’s Institutional repository (httpss://dspace.ucalgary.ca/handle/1880/46847).

Since 1998, she has been the Director of the Creative Arts/Integrative Therapies in Health Care Research Group (The CAIT Research Group). Since 2008, she has been a member of the Faculty for the Brenda Strafford Center of Excellence in Gerontological Nursing. She is former Editor of The Canadian Gerontological Nurse, current board member with the Alberta Association on Gerontology and editor of their quarterly newsletter (AAGMag), and Editor in Chief of a refereed journal–The International Journal of Nursing Student Scholarship.

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Dana Penner

Member at Large

Dana is a Registered Nurse and has worked in Continuing Care for over 20 years. Her current role is Site Administrator for Bethany Calgary, a large Long Term Care and Supportive Living facility operated by Bethany Care Society. Dana’s role is to oversee the daily operations of the care facility to ensure residents receive high quality, person-centred care in a comfortable, home-like environment. Previous roles with Bethany have included Registered Nurse/Palliative Care Advisor, Care Services Manager and Director of Care. Dana is also a member of a Regulatory Committee for the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).

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Grace Maier

Member at Large (Incoming Secretary)

Grace’s background includes approximately 25 years working in seniors’ health services including continuing care and rehabilitation. Grace joined the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in 2001 as the Director for Geriatrics. This portfolio includes program responsibilities for inpatient and ambulatory geriatric assessment & rehabilitation, cognitive assessment & rehabilitation and geriatric psychiatry. Her portfolio also includes the professional services of Communication Disorders, Social Work and Recreation Therapy, Volunteer Resources, Transition Services and Spiritual Care.

Grace is a registered dietitian and a Certified Health Executive of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She currently serves on the Provincial and Edmonton Chapter Boards of the Alberta Association on Gerontology.

Grace is strongly committed to collaborating with other sectors in the healthcare continuum, other seniors’ organizations and older adults to enhance services that will contribute to the quality of life of senior Albertans.

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Jenny Robinson

Member at Large

Jenny Robinson is the Chief Operating Officer with The Brenda Strafford Foundation. The Foundation is committed to people first, innovation, leadership, quality and relationships. As a charity, the Foundation not only provides an array of services for over 800 aging adults in four senior care facilities, but has also established four chairs with the University of Calgary, and delivers care services in Haiti, Jamaica and Dominica.

Throughout her career, Jenny has held several senior positions in various health care fields, including: Regional Administrator with Summit Care Corporation (AB), Building Nurse Supervisor with the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation (NB), and Project Lead for the commissioning of three continuing care centres. She also completed research, an empirical study, with the Burke Pain Clinic (AB) on Fibromyalgia in 1998. Management experience includes acute care, mental health, Alzheimer’s care, assisted living and long term care.

She holds a Masters of Education and Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick, Certified Health Executive (CHE) from the Canadian College of Health Leaders, diploma in nursing from John Abbot College (QC), and is registered with the College and Association of Registered Nurses in Alberta. She is currently a Board Member with the Alberta Association of Gerontology. She has been a member of the Leading Practice Expert Panel with Accreditation Canada for three years and a member of the Canadian Council of Health Leaders (CCHL). She has completed various other programs including, Critical Care Nursing, Skin Wound Assessment Treatment (SWAT III) and was awarded the People First Award in 2005 for her contribution with the Calgary Care Centre Infection Prevention and Control team.

Jenny has coordinated numerous accreditation surveys for the facilities she worked in and led the first amalgamated survey for her organization. She brings diverse experience to her role as surveyor and has the ability to be receptive to different ideas and opinions.

Jenny published in the Long Term Care Magazine and has volunteered several years for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Jim Tweddle

Edmonton Chapter Representative

Jim Tweddle is President of the AAG Edmonton Chapter and a Project Manager for Alberta Health Services Continuing Care – Edmonton Zone, Planning and Performance. Jim has worked in continuing care for fifteen years. He has worked for Alberta Aids to Daily Living and Capital Care Edmonton Area. Jim was the Manager of Laurier House Lynnwood for five years.

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Sharon Anderson

Student Representative

Sharon Anderson is a PhD Candidate supervised by Dr. Norah Keating in the Research on Aging, Policies and Practice in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. Sharon completed her Master of Science in Health Promotion at the University of Alberta and Masters of Education in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at the University of Calgary. Her dissertation is focused on what happens to the marital relationship in the context of care after a partner’s stroke. Prior to her PhD studies, Sharon worked as a Dental Hygienist in British Columbia and Ottawa and a Research Associate in the Social Support Research Program at the University of Alberta.

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Stephanie Chamberlain

Student Representative

Stephanie Chamberlain, BHSC, MA, PhD Student. Stephanie is a PhD student with Dr. Carole Estabrooks at the University of Alberta. Stephanie has a Bachelors of Health Science (specialization in Gerontology) from the University of Ottawa, and a Masters in Family Studies and Gerontology from Mount Saint Vincent University. Stephanie currently works with the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC), a program of research that focuses on improving the quality of care provided to nursing home residents, enriching the work life of their caregivers, and enhancing system efficiency. Before coming to TREC she was a research coordinator at the Bruyère Research Institute (Ottawa, ON) and a research assistant at the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging (Halifax, NS). Ms Chamberlain’s research focuses on social isolation, social engagement, knowledge translation, and quality of care in nursing homes. Her PhD work will document the prevalence, health outcomes, and potentially unmet care needs of residents who are without family or friends in Alberta nursing homes. Stephanie is currently the President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology Student Association.

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Susan Slaughter

Member at Large

Dr. Susan Slaughter is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Life Science from Queen’s University, a Master’s degree in Nursing from McGill University, a PhD degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Calgary, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Knowledge Translation from the University of Alberta. Susan Slaughter has extensive experience working as a nursing specialist in geriatric assessment and rehabilitation and is a leader in the care of the elderly. She has experience leading five funded longitudinal research studies involving people with dementia who live in long-term care facilities. Susan uses various knowledge translation approaches to enhance the relevance of her research for the care of older adults. She has published in journals specializing in gerontological nursing, rehabilitation, long-term care, geriatrics and gerontology. She has also presented scientific papers at local, national and international conferences.

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