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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. Chantelle Zimmer

Chair

Chantelle is a Senior Project Coordinator with the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She has a multidisciplinary background in the health and social sciences. Chantelle completed a PhD at the University of Alberta and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary. Her interests include improving the health, well-being, and social inclusion of equity deserving populations. Most of Chantelle’s work with older adults is focused on age-friendly communities and healthy aging, involving collaborations with community organizations and government.
 
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Jenna Naylor

Secretary

Jenna is the Community Initiatives Coordinator at LINKages Society of Alberta, a non-profit organization that promotes intergenerational relationships between youth and older adults. She completed a BSc in Foods and Nutrition at Western University and a Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care at the University of British Columbia. Jenna’s main areas of interest include creating age-inclusive communities, combatting ageism, and promoting nutrition and physical activity throughout the lifespan.
 
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Kirsten Nelson

Treasurer

Kirsten holds an MSW clinical from the University of Calgary. She is currently working towards her designation of becoming a registered clinical social worker in the province of Alberta. Kirsten spends her time engaging with others, discussing mental health struggles, and assessing needs for vulnerable populations. Her love for the gerontology world began in her teenage years when her grandmother became very ill with Parkinson’s disease and she saw the struggles that occurred for older adults.
 
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John Vaillancourt

Member at Large

John is the owner and operations manager of Blooms on 9th following six and a half years as the Senior Manager of Knowledge and Recreation at the Kerby Centre. John has more than 25 years of experience in the field of gerontology including: case assessment/management; program creation and implementation for an older adult crisis centre; program/recreation manager for long-term care in B.C.; policy and program advisor for a long-term care in England; manager and administrator in the retail sector; project management of various special events in the public, private and charity sectors; and assistant secretary-treasurer for a municipal government. John proudly holds a BA in Gerontology from Laurentian University, and an MSc in Gerontology from the University of Southampton Centre for Research in Aging. John’s areas of expertise are: Social policy; program and leisure (analysis, design, and implementation); person centered care; dementia care; horticultural therapy; qualitative research; leadership; quality and risk management; project management; and an intricate understanding of policy issues facing older adults.
 
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Linda McFarlane

Member at Large

Linda holds a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and a Bachelor and Master of Social Work from the University of Calgary. She is an older adult who is passionate about improving our continuing care system and ensuring that people who need ongoing care either in the community or in a care home receive respectful, dignified care, support to be as independent as possible to have a sense of wellbeing and quality of life. Linda is a patient engagement volunteer with Alberta Health Services Continuing Care and is on the Board of the Alberta Council on Aging. Working with others she researched and wrote two reports, one on the experience of caregivers in Calgary and the other on Issues and Visions for Continuing Care. sis line. Passionate about volunteer work to improve the quality of life and quality of care in continuing care, promote the need for a national seniors’ strategy. Currently she is a patient/family advisor with the Alberta Health Care Seniors Strategic Clinical Network and Continuing Care Quality Committee and is on the board of the Alberta Council on Aging and a member of the Alberta Association on Gerontology Recently completed two projects gathering input from Albertans about their experiences and their recommendations to support caregivers and to improve continuing care. Founding member of a social work group focusing of advocacy for poverty reduction and anti-racism. An adventure-oriented person, she enjoys cycling, hiking and has climbed Kilimanjaro and to Everest base camp.
 
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Seema King

Student Representative

Seema is a PhD student at the University of Calgary in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine. She completed her Master’s in Social Work at University of Calgary, and a Master’s in Science at the University of Alberta. For the past 6 years, Seema has been involved in a number of research projects aimed at improving the lives of seniors and their families in a variety of clinical contexts. Her PhD thesis aims to improve the supports available for substitute decision makers of seniors living with dementia.
 
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Dorothy Chacinski

Student Representative

Dorothy is an undergraduate psychology student at the University of Calgary. She has experience working, volunteering, and researching in long-term care since 2018. Research projects include caregivers of individuals with dementia, the effects of COVID-19 on poverty, and neurocognitive decline in individuals with history of TIA. She is a strong advocate of using an intersectional and multi-disciplinary approach in gerontology and hopes to be working as a clinician and researcher in this field.
 
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Brooklynn Fernandes

Student Representative

Brooklynn is an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary and is currently a research student at the Cumming School of Medicine. Following her great passion for working with seniors, Brooklynn founded the non-profit What the Tech Calgary LTD which provides free educational seminars for seniors to improve their technological literacy. Brooklynn is employed in a residential care home where she facilitates physical and cognitive well-being exercises for the residents.
 
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