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Calgary Board

Board Members

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


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.

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Beth Gorchynski


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.

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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.

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Dr. Ann Toohey

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.

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