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
- Kirsten Nelson – Treasurer
- Kimberly McCann – Student Representative
- Safia Khalfan – Member at Large
- Dr. Ann Toohey – Member at Large
- John Vaillancourt – Member at Large
- Sophie Sapergia – Observer
- Mary Kneale – Observer
- Jenna Naylor – Observer
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.
Kirsten Nelson is in her final year of her Clinical Masters of Social Work at the University of Calgary. She
has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Her final practicum will
be with The Family Psychology Place. Kirsten developed a passion for gerontology and aging in place
while learning about violence across the lifespan at Mount Royal University. Additionally, she has taken
various certificates in dementia care. Kirsten just completed a practicum with AgeCare working on
Medical Assistance in Dying, care conferencing, and various other patient-centered tasks. Kirsten is
beyond thrilled to be a student representative for the Calgary Chapter.
Kim McCann is currently in the after degree program for nursing at the University of Calgary. Her
previous degree was at the University of Alberta BSc specialization in Dental Hygiene: she has been a
registered dental hygienist since 2011. Working with the public, Kim has an interest in the older adult
population and maintaining oral health. She expects to continue her interest in gerontology and expand
her knowledge during her nursing studies.
Member at Large
Safia Khalfan is a pharmacist with a graduate degree in health administration. She is passionate about
optimizing care to the older adult. Safia works with Alberta Health Services with the Seniors Health
Strategic Clinical Network. In her work, Safia aims to bring awareness about the potential harms of
medications to older adults. She is excited that there is now wider recognition that the healthcare
community must do more to ensure medication safety in older persons and that at the same time,
patients and families must become better informed.
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.