Edmonton Board

Board Members

Jim Tweddle: BA, MBA


Jim Tweddle is a Project Manager for Alberta Health Services Continuing Care – Edmonton Zone, Planning and Performance. Jim has worked in continuing care for fifteen years. He has worked for Alberta Aids to Daily Living and Capital Care Edmonton Area. Jim was the Manager of Laurier House Lynnwood for five years.

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Jamie Davenport: BA, MHSA, CHE


Jamie Davenport is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) who has both a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master’s of Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University. Originally from the Maritimes, she has a variety of experience in quality, policy and strategy from Nova Scotia, Ontario, the UK and USA, in acute, community and government settings. For the past four years, she has been involved in the planning, evaluation and policy development of Home Care Services with the Seniors Health Strategy unit at Alberta Health Services.

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Grace Maier: RD, MHSA, CHE


Grace Maier has an undergraduate Degree in Human Ecology from University of Manitoba, and Masters in Health Administration from University of Alberta. She has twenty-five years’ experience working in seniors’ health services including continuing care and rehabilitation. Grace joined Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in 2001 as the Director for Specialized Geriatrics. This portfolio includes program responsibilities for inpatient and ambulatory geriatric assessment & rehabilitation, cognitive assessment & rehabilitation and geriatric psychiatry. Her portfolio also includes the professional services of Social Work and Recreation Therapy, Care Management and Spiritual Care.

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Jonathan Kim: BA (Honours), MA

Program Chair

Jonathan Kim is the Lead for Policy Development (Seniors Health) at Alberta Health Services. Previously, Jonathan has worked for the Ministry of Health as the provincial planner for continuing care assisting with the design and implementation of the Government of Alberta’s Continuing Care Strategy: Aging in the Right Place. He received a variety of awards while working at the Ministry of Health, including work on the Continuing Care Strategy, performance measurement frameworks, and the Continuing Care Services Projection Model.

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Laine McGinley: BCR


Laine McGinley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Rehabilitation through the Faculty of Medicine from the University of Calgary. Laine is a Community Manager for Extendicare Eaux Claires providing services, care and support to families and residents. Laine also leads the Falls Prevention and Reduction committee and has had the opportunity to share her success on a national level. Laine has always had a passion for geriatrics and continues to promote quality of life in continuing care through collaboration, education initiatives and innovation.

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Sandra Woodhead Lyons

Member at Large

Sandra Woodhead Lyons is the Executive Director for the Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research (ICCER). She has over 20 years of experience in the health field. Her areas of expertise include policy development, program design and implementation, evaluation, research and resource planning.

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Sherry Dahlke

Member at Large (Academic)

Sherry Dahlke joined the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta in 2014 after completing her PhD and a career that included practice in acute and community care, teaching, administration and research. She is the past president for a local chapter of the Gerontological Association of British Columbia. Her areas of interest are examining how to improve older adult care, and nursing education. She has been involved in studies examining nursing education in relation to clinical instruction, and perceptions about aging among student nurses. Dr. Dahlke was drawn to graduate studies to answer a practice question about caring for hospitalized older adults at risk for delirium. The questions arising from this study led to her PhD study examining nursing practice with hospitalized older adults. The aim of her program on research is to restore and maintain the cognitive status of older adults. Currently this includes examining how interprofessional teams influence older adult care and how older adults and their families are incorporated into healthcare teams.

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Tori Hui Ren

Student Liaison

Tori Hui Ren is a PhD student from the Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta. Under the supervision of Dr. Janet Fast and Dr. Megan Strickfaden, Miss Ren is doing interdisciplinary research in environmental design for seniors with dementia, integrating environmental gerontology, material culture, and architectural design. Miss Ren is involved in various research projects within two groups: Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice (RAPP), University of Alberta, and Gerontology Research Centre (GRC), Simon Fraser University.

Miss Ren has a background in architectural design (BArch, Shenzhen University) and project management (MSc, Chalmers University of Technology). Additionally, she worked as an architecture designer for three years in Shenzhen and Shanghai, China.

Most recently, Miss Ren has successfully organized architectural workshops and site-visits of residential housing for older adults in Western Canada, involving profit & non-profit organizations, architectural firms and universities in Alberta, British Columbia, and China. Currently, Miss Ren is in the process of developing a long-term project for Chinese delegates to visit Canada to engage in similar activities that involve architecture for older adults. Three such workshops and site-visits will occur within 2015.

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Jasper Yeung

Student Liaison

Jasper Yeung has an undergraduate degree in Sciences with specialization in Psychology and currently a PhD Epidemiology student at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. He has been working as a research fellow with Dr. Adrian Wagg for numerous years in the Division of Geriatric Medicine on topics of Healthy Aging. He is interested in improving the quality of care and work life amongst health care aides in long term care facilities. Through his research, he hopes to provide best evidence to improve the quality of life for both health care staff and elderly in care homes.

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