The Board of the Calgary Chapter of AAG consists of a diverse group of professionals, bringing to the group a mosaic of experience.
- Kent Saga – President
- Michelle Danyluk – Vice President
- Charles Goeldner – Member at Large
- Ryan Waldorf – Student Representative
- Cheri McDougall – Member at Large
- Shivawn Kwok – Treasurer & Fundraising
Kent Saga: BA, BSW
Kent has been working in the human services field for approximately 18 years. Kent has a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Organizational Behaviour. He’s worked with adolescents as a Youth Counselor in a clinical group home for approximately 11 years before changing his area of interest.
Kent completed his B.S.W. in 2003 with an interest in community development. Since then, he has been actively pursuing his M.S.W. concentrating in community development with an interest in in gerontology. During Kent’s studies (BSW), he has worked part -time at the Kerby Rotary shelter as a part – time counselor working with clients that have dealt with issues of elder abuse. For approximately 4 years Kent has been working as an outreach worker at the Kerby Centre and just recently started with Calgary Family Services. Kent’s areas of interest with the elderly tend to center around issues of ethnicity/diversity and elder abuse.
My name is Michelle Danyluk. I have a BA in History and Political Science from Simon Fraser University (1993), a BSW from University of Calgary (2001) and a Masters in Social Work – Leadership in Human Services – with a concentration in Gerontology (2008). Prior to my present position I worked in Community Rehabilitation with young adults and seniors as well.
My Masters Case Study focused on Non-Profit Board Development with Senior Citizens. The intent of the study was to support the Board in developing their own capacity and strengths. This goal was achieved through a combination of Board and Community Development activities such as creating a community needs assessment. The results of this assessment indicated areas of organizational development that was pertinent to the growth of the Board.
Through my work with seniors with developmental disabilities I have acquired a keen interest in the policy implications connected to the varying needs of this unique older population.
Currently, I am a Social Worker at Calgary Family Services (The Way In). The Way In provides seniors sixty five and older with a comprehensive network of resources and professionals that support their needs in the community. This is accomplished by psycho-social assessments, case management and advocacy.
Becoming a member of the Calgary Chapter Alberta Association on Gerontology is a great opportunity to continue developing my professional interests while also contributing to the senior community in Calgary. Seniors issues continue to be a growing challenge and although I assist them in my daily work, CCAAG would allow me to address such issues from a different perspective.
Member at Large
Below are the areas I have been very much involved with over these many years. My personal career was in the field of Ophthalmology in Toronto and area for a number of years. My volunteer groups in the field of older persons were with:
- CMHA the Older Persons Mental Health and Addiction Services
- COPA Community of Older persons addictions
- Baycrest Hospital
- Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
- North York Senior Council
- Toronto Seniors Assembly
- Global Action on Aging
- FA International Federation of the Aged
- Pride of Israel Seniors
- Bernard Betel Centre
- BNAi Birth Maple Leaf Lodge
- Toronto Services Elder Abuse Division
In addition, I sat on three Board of Directors in an Executive position. Over the past number of years I have also been involved with Cooperators Insurance developing an annual Senior Safety Calendar which has been distributed in Alberta.
I am also involved with the Alliance of Seniors, and I am involved with Calgary Family Services Senior Division lead by Anya McDonald.
As you will notice that over the years I have been involved with many a Senior Organization mainly in Toronto and, while there, I did some volunteering with Randy Fine who was the ED for the Ontario Gerontology Group.
Ryan Waldorf is a past graduate student attending the University of Lethbridge. He is a Registered Nurse who worked on the Geriatric Rehabilitation & Assessment Unit at Lethbridge Regional Hospital and has done so since 2006. Ryan’s graduate thesis topic is how informal male caregivers of spouses with dementia in rural southern and central Alberta come to understand their roles as a caregiver. He completed his Master’s Degree in the spring of 2015.
Treasurer & Fundraising
Shivawn has a post-baccalaureate diploma in gerontology from Simon Fraser University. She is the founder of Care Plus Home and Health Services in Vancouver, B.C. and has worked with both public and private home health care agencies. She has been involved in several research projects and received a grant from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to study the housing and service needs of seniors in Vancouver’s downtown core. Shivawn has worked with the Saskatoon Health Board as a long-term care consultant. She was also a planning and research consultant for public and private senior housing developers in Vancouver and Saskatoon. Her areas of interest include age-friendly communities and innovative products for seniors.