The Board of the Calgary Chapter of AAG consists of a diverse group of professionals, bringing to the group a mosaic of experience.
- Dr. Susan Slaughter – President
- Beth Gorchynski – Secretary
- Laura Gaspard Bainbridge – Treasurer
- Belle Keller – Student Representative
- Samantha Norberg – Student Representative
- Marnie Lento – Member at Large
- Ann Toohey – Member at Large
- Navjot Virk – Member at Large
- Dr. Yeonjung Lee – Member at Large
Dr. Susan Slaughter
Susan is an Associate Professor and Registered Nurse at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Nursing. She completed her Masters in Nursing at McGill University and her PhD in Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. As a previous Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology, she worked in acute care, geriatric rehabilitation and long-term care. Her current program of research focuses on Making the Most of Mealtimes, enhancing the mobility of residents in residential care settings and knowledge translation. In her spare time, Susan also volunteers with the Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association and is a member of several research advisory committees.
Beth is the Director of Quality Management and Safety with AgeCare Communities of Care and Wellness. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and an MSc in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University. As a life-long learner with certificates in Gerontology and Leadership in Long Term Care, Beth has over twenty years of experience in senior health and mental health. In her spare time she is also a board member of the Creative Aging Society of Calgary.
Laura Gaspard Bainbridge
Laura is a Social Worker at Carewest. She has a Bachelors and a Masters of Social Work, with a Specialization in Aging, from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Since 2011, Laura’s work has focused on dementia care and chronic health issues of older adults and their families. In her spare time Laura is a member of several interest groups of the Alberta College of Social Workers including: Social Workers for Social Justice and the Gerontological Social Work Action Group.
Belle is an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Belle currently works for United Active Living, where she assists and supports the residents with cognitive impairment. This support includes facilitating small group programs, providing emotional support, or delivering activities on an individual basis. She has volunteered with numerous agencies and co-leads the University of Calgary, Gerontology Interest Group and the Gerontology Social Work Action Group. Belle shares the Student Representative role on the Calgary Chapter board with Samantha Norberg.
Samantha is an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary and has earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Neuroscience at Acadia University. Samantha has volunteered extensively including a co-leadership role with the Gerontology Interest Group at the University of Calgary and the Gerontology Social Work Action Group. She also has work experience with children and people with disabilities. Sam shares the Student Representative role on the Calgary Chapter board with Belle Keller.
Member at Large
Marnie is a Certified Gerontological Nurse who works at Mount Royal University as a Clinical Instructor and at Whitehorn Village as a Registered Nurse overseeing dementia education for staff and family. She earned a Bachelor of Nursing from Athabasca University and has been a member of AAG for the past five years. She is also a member and volunteer with the Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association.
Member at Large
Ann is the Scientific Director of the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging at the University of Calgary. She completed her Master of Science and her PhD in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary where she explored the public health implications of companion animal relationships for older adults who are aging-in-place. Much of Ann’s work has focused on age-friendly policy and planning. Ann has volunteered with a wide range of organizations.
Member at Large
Navjot is a gerontological nurse who has received numerous awards and distinctions including a nomination for the Rising Star Award from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. She completed both her Bachelor of Nursing and her Master of Nursing at the University of Calgary and has worked as a Registered Nurse and a Clinical Nurse Educator in continuing care settings. Navjot is currently the Research and Innovative Practice Coordinator at the Brenda Strafford Foundation.
Dr. Yeonjung Lee
Member at Large
On a 1-Year Leave of Absence