ABOUT

Who We Are

We are interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral; Our members and our focus encompass community services, housing, continuing care, health care, education, research, and policy leadership. We connect evidence and policy with experiential insights to advance a culture and community for systemic change.

Mission

Our mission is to advance health and social systems policy, education, and practice in Alberta. We are inspired by a future where older persons are engaged and empowered, living in inclusive communities with social connections, and accessing care and services that enhance their quality of life. As a province-wide interdisciplinary, non-profit organization, we strive to make this vision a reality.

Values

In a spirit of collaboration and open communications and working in partnership with older persons, service providers, policy leaders, researchers, educators, and students, we:

  • Connect to understand needs and opportunities for change related to issues affecting older adults.
  • Provide evidence-informed information and expertise and thought leadership and policy advocacy to enable system transformation.
  • Recognize contributions of members with achievement awards and support students with scholarships.

AAG History

1975: A small group of system leaders and seniors’ advocates create a new a new membership -based, not-for-profit organization to be a catalyst for the future of continuing care, a new priority for the Ministry of Health at the time (remember the Broda Report!). AAG was unique with its interdisciplinary focus, emphasizing research, education, and practice to advance the field of gerontology.

Today: AAG’s vision is stronger and more crucial than ever as Alberta’s aging population is growing rapidly. By 2031, the number of people over age 65 will double. This presents an opportunity for our province to evolve its healthcare system, integrating services across sectors, to meet people’s need and serving people and empower the workforce.

Strategic Intentions

System Transformation

AAG is committed to advancing system transformation for healthy aging and quality of life for older Albertans and sustainability of the overall community and healthcare system, with learning, practice development projects and policy reflections/recommendations.

See FUTURES POLICY FORUM for an overview of Alberta’s opportunity, AAG’s initiatives 2022-2024 and challenge areas for 2024-2030.

…read more about Board Policy Committee and AAG’s cross-sectoral Stakeholders Collaborative Committee

Knowledge Mobilization

AAG believes in promoting learning and personal development and communities of practice as underpinnings for system change.

 

 

  • EVENTS to connect with colleagues and expert resources and policy leaders.
  • NEWS for regular updates re system happenings and practice-relevant information.
  • AWARDS for gerontology studies and change makers.

read more re AAG Board member involvement: Membership and Communications Committee and Awards and Scholarship Committee

Member Value

AAG is committed to providing Member Value.

Become an individual or organizational MEMBER to ensure AAG can be an agent of change. Contribute your expertise to system transformation initiatives and the goal of living well as we age and receive a range of member benefits.

… read more re AAG Board member involvement: Membership and Communications Committee

AAG Operations

AAG organizational relevance and sustainability.

 

 

 

  • Policies and procedures
  • Development of new partnerships
  • Financial viability, including developing Donor/Sponsorship Strategies

… read more re AAG Board member involvement: Governance Committee in collaboration with Board’s Treasurer.

Our Board

Board Members are elected for three-year terms and may have two terms. Annual updating of Board composition is managed by the adhoc Recruitment and Development Committee.

Sharon Anderson

President

Sharon Anderson is a Family Gerontologist who brings a wealth of practical experience as a family caregiver as well as academic and research experience to the AGG Board. She completed her PhD with Dr. Norah Keating in the Research on Aging, Policies and Practice in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta after finishing her Master of Science in Health Promotion at the University of Alberta and Master of Education in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at the University of Calgary. Sharon enhanced her knowledge of social support and participatory community-engaged research as a Research Assistant and then Research Associate in the Social Support Research Program at the University of Alberta. Sharon also cared for her mother from 2009 to 2017. She currently works as a research coordinator for Dr. Jasneet Parmar at the University of Alberta.

Lynne Mansell

Past President
– Goal 1: Governance Chair

Lynne is currently serving as President of AAG and is a recipient of the Mary Morrison Davis Award. She is semi-retired and also serves on the board of the Edmonton Lifelong Learning Association. Lynne has a BSc in Pharmacy and a Masters in Health Services Administration and spent the majority of her career in seniors health and continuing care positions. Recent board positions include the Brain Care Centre of Edmonton and the Primary and Integrated Health Innovation Network as Chair of the Patient Advisory Committee. Her interests include patient-oriented research, healthy aging policy, travel and spending time with her grandchildren.

Jocelyn Rempel

Vice President

Jocelyn Rempel is an experienced Gerontological Nurse and has been teaching at Mount Royal University since 2006. Her nursing experience includes acute care (general medicine), pediatrics, and oncology, but was drawn to the older population. She has experience as a Geriatric Nurse Consultant, a medical member for the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals (OCRT) for Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security. She is driven by a strong desire to promote better care for older people, and has become a noteworthy leader in her field. She has spearheaded the development of the gerontological content in the Nursing Program at Mount Royal University, and has established many partnerships with her vast community network.

Jill Chambers

CFDS, CFP, CIM, CEA
– Executive Secretary

In 2018 Jill founded The Financial Concierge . She left a tenured position as a financial advisor, to address her dream of being able to use her skills, education, and experience to help older adults in Calgary age in place and maintain financial independence.

French Lau

Treasurer

French Lau is currently the Controller for Lifestyle Options Retirement Communities, a private operator of several senior retirement facilities in Edmonton and surrounding area. He is an advocate for alleviating pressure in the health care system by moving seniors out of acute care and back into the community and their home.

French is a seasoned accounting professional with over ten years of experience in both public practice and industry. Prior to joining Lifestyle Options, he was the Manager of Financial Reporting for a crane and heavy haul services company.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with Distinction from the University of Alberta and received his Chartered Accountant designation while working at PwC.

Marlene Raasok

Goal 2: Policy Chair

Marlene Raasok has had a career focused on enhancing services for older adults, starting with her thesis for her Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta, followed by policy and planning roles with the Department of Hospitals and Medical Care and then operational leadership roles with Extendicare, Carewest, and the Calgary Health Region. Leadership roles in post-secondary education followed these operational responsibilities with initiatives to enhance the preparation of graduates for working effectively with older adults. Helped set up the collaborative structure for the Research Institute for Aging while Executive Dean for Health, Life Sciences and Community Services at Conestoga College in Kitchener. Now retired and living in Airdrie; an active volunteer with local and provincial initiatives related to innovation for healthy living and aging through community engagement and organizational collaboration. Currently Chair, Good Samaritan Society.

Beth Mansell

Goal 3: Membership & Communications Chair
– Member at Large

Beth Mansell was the 2020 AAG Edmonton Chapter Student Award when she was pursuing her Master’s of Public Health with a focus on health policy and management at the U of Alberta. She brings a wealth of experience in the Seniors Serving Sector. Currently, Beth is the Provincial Social Prescribing Project Manager with Healthy Aging Alberta. She was Strategic Project and Operations Manager at Sage Seniors Association in Edmonton. She served as the Co-chair of the Age-Friendly Community in Edmonton.

Kathleen Hunter

Scholarships Lead

Kathleen F. Hunter (Professor, University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing) holds specialization in gerontological and continence nursing. In addition to teaching and research, she is an NP at a continence clinic. A long-time member of AAG, Kathleen assumed the AAG Scholarship Chair role in Fall 2021, is a member of the AAG Futures Policy Forum Stakeholders Collaborative Committee and is delighted to have joined the AAG Board in June 2022. She has interests in addressing ageism in health care and society, and improving access to health and social services for older Albertans.

Antonio Miguel Cruz

Member at Large

Antonio Miguel Cruz is a distinguished academic with a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of digital technologies for healthy ageing. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy within the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, he plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare and rehabilitation. Additionally, Dr. Miguel Cruz serves as an affiliate researcher at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Research, Innovation & Technology, where he actively contributes to groundbreaking research initiatives. His commitment to advancing the field extends further as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Miguel Cruz’s impressive academic journey commenced with the completion of a BSc degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Nuclear Science Institute in Habana, Cuba. He further pursued his passion for research and obtained both MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering from the Technological University, Habana, Cuba. His early career began at the Technological University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Habana, Cuba, where he served as the chair of the Bioengineering Centre. Having amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Miguel Cruz later assumed the roles of Full Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Program at the Universidad del Rosario, School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Bogotá, Colombia. This multifaceted academic background has shaped his unique perspective on the intersection of technology and healthcare.

Dr. Miguel Cruz’s research primarily focuses on exploring the impact of technologies used in community and healthcare settings on healthy aging, with a particular emphasis on the well-being of older adults and their caregivers. As the director of the PEAR Lab and a network investigator of AGE-WELL NCE, Canada’s technology and aging network, he actively collaborates with researchers and industry professionals to drive innovation and improve the lives of individuals within the aging population. Dr. Miguel Cruz’s contributions to the field have been widely recognized, and he continues to make significant strides in advancing knowledge and promoting healthy aging practices.

Catarina Versaevel

Member at Large

Ms. Versaevel has senior strategic experience in the health care and social services fields at the local, provincial, and national levels as well as executive-level experience in the Alberta government departments of Community Development and Social Services. Catarina has developed numerous background and policy papers and managed major high-level policy initiatives for the Government of Alberta, including a strategy for primary health care reform; a coordinated provincial policy and approach for services to seniors; the development and review of health information protection legislation and the development of an accountability framework for Alberta’s health system. Some of Ms. Versaevel achievements includes Alberta’s inaugural Director of the provincial Day Care program, co-led the development of the pan-Canadian health information protection guidelines with Health Canada on behalf of Alberta and being responsible for the leadership and implementation of the Butterfly Model of Care in Canada. Ms. Versaevel currently provides leadership and consulting services to care homes and organizations serving older Albertans and Canadians.

Heather Tomlinson

B.A. (Honours), M.Sc. (A), CGeront., R.SLP, SLP(c)
– Member at Large

Heather is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) with Alberta Health Services. She has significant experience working across the continuum of care including acute care, long-term care, and community rehabilitation. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in psychology (Concordia University), and a Master of Science (Applied) in Communication Sciences and Disorders (McGill University). She obtained a post-graduate certificate in Gerontological Studies from Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University). She is a passionate lifelong learner, and to that end, she is a currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University, and will be completing her thesis in a long-term care setting.

Throughout her career, she has been a strong advocate for seniors and has been involved in projects to improve the experiences of seniors in hospital settings and long-term care. Heather’s main a Heather is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) with Alberta Health Services. She has significant experience working across the continuum of care including acute care, long-term care, and community rehabilitation. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in psychology (Concordia University), and a Master of Science (Applied) in Communication Sciences and Disorders (McGill University). She obtained a post-graduate certificate in Gerontological Studies from Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University). She is a passionate lifelong learner, and to that end, she is a currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University, and will be completing her thesis in a long-term care setting.
Throughout her career, she has been a strong advocate for seniors and has been involved in projects to improve the experiences of seniors in hospital settings and long-term care. Heather’s main areas of interest include helping to improve the quality of care for seniors who live in long-term care, and helping to improve communicative access for adults who are living with aphasia, a common language disorder after stroke. She is a co-founder of the Calgary Aphasia Centre, who is dedicated to raising awareness about aphasia. As well, Heather regularly provides training for health care professionals who work with adults who are living with aphasia. reas of interest include helping to improve the quality of care for seniors who live in long-term care, and helping to improve communicative access for adults who are living with aphasia, a common language disorder after stroke. She is a co-founder of the Calgary Aphasia Centre, who is dedicated to raising awareness about aphasia. As well, Heather regularly provides training for health care professionals who work with adults who are living with aphasia.

Jackline Kwiatkowski

Member at Large

Jackline is a Registered Nurse and works as a Case Manager at St. Michael’s Long Term Care Centre in Edmonton where she has been employed for the last 7 years. She is involved with a number of quality improvement programs within the site, such as implementation of the PainChek pain assessment tool. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2009 and obtained CNA certification in Gerontology in 2021. Her interests include dementia, person-centered and caregiver-centered care. She also enjoys travelling with her family.

Lydia Shiao

Member at Large

Lydia Shiao’s career is focused on enhancing health services and promoting autonomy for adults living in the community. Lydia is a part of the AHS team that is responsible for the quality, education, and practice development of case management at the designated support living sites. She works closely with various stakeholders to support the independence and quality of life of older adults at the designated support living sites. Lydia also participates in and leads quality improvement projects that support research and promote the best practice among the staff and the service providers.

Lydia is also experienced in conducting quality assurance reviews that facilitate positive outcomes for patient safety from her tenure as a clinical safety lead.

Alberta Association on Gerontology is a not-for-profit organization registered with the Alberta Societies Act and the Canada Revenue Agency.

We are committed to balancing our revenues and expenditures each year.

  • The major source of revenue is Membership Fees.
  • Expenses required to operate AAG include a Webmaster, part-time Communications Assistant, part-time Bookkeeper, insurance, and business supplies and materials.
  • Grants are targeted to specific initiatives.
  • Revenue generation activities (like networking dinners) help balance the budget.
  • Donations and sponsorships are essential to be able to provide awards and undertake special initiatives (such as webinars) that are not supported by grants.

YOUR DONATION will make a difference:

AAG currently offers THREE (3) cash AWARDS for students furthering their education as Health Care Aides or for post-graduate studies in nursing or allied health.

We are seeking FIVE (5) Cash Awards to add undergraduate awards for BScN and Allied Health Degrees/Diplomas

You can donate using our DONATION Form (link/button located below) .

To discuss your ideas for sponsorship awards, specific projects or events in 2024-25, please contact us at info@albertaaging.ca.

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