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
- Marnie Marcotte – Member at Large
- Dr. Yeonjung Lee – Member at Large
- Allegra Samaha – Student Representative
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.
Member at Large
Marnie Marcotte is the General Manager of Priority Care Call, a company that provides personal alarm systems for seniors who live on their own. Marnie has been working with Care Call since 2004; her hands-on experience with the elderly has allowed her to appreciate how important this often-forgotten sector of our society is. With a back ground in Marketing and Public Relations, Marnie has found the perfect balance between growing a business, providing an essential service, and the feeling of fulfillment from helping others.
Dr. Yeonjung Lee
Member at Large
Yeonjung is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. She has studied and been involved in social work for 20 years. Yeonjung’s research focuses on how to improve the quality of life for older adults, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Along these lines, her work examines the outcomes of caregiving for older adults as well as includes aging-in-place and long-term care in later life, aging in poverty, and psychosocial risk factors for dementia.
Allegra is a practicing hospital Social Worker, and a Master of Social Work – Thesis Based – Clinical Practice Specialization student. As a previous primary family caregiver for her grandmother with dementia, Allegra developed a passion for advocacy in the area of gerontology. Allegra’s thesis research focuses on cross-cultural comparisons of family caregivers of parent’s with dementia, with a background in research related to the Calgary Senior’s Age-Friendly Strategy, gerontology education and psychosocial risk factors for dementia. In her spare time, Allegra also volunteers as the Chair of the Gerontological Social Workers Action Group (GSWAG) through the Alberta College of Social Workers. She is also the Student Lead of the Gerontology Interest Group at the University of Calgary.