The Board of Directors of Alberta Senior Citizens' Housing Association (ASCHA) is comprised of thirteen individuals, who shall be representatives of Regular Members as follows: President, Public Sector Vice-President, Private Sector Vice-President, Voluntary Sector Vice-President, Immediate Past President (one year term) and eight (8) Zone Representatives as follows: Southern Zone Representative, two Calgary Zone Representatives, Central Zone Representative, two Edmonton Zone Representatives, one Northern Zone Representative, and Peace River Zone Representative. The Executive Board members are elected by the membership at the AGM. The Zone Representatives are elected at their respective Zone meetings.
Raymond Swonek was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta where he lives with his wife, Angelika, and their 2 children. Raymond is the Executive Director of GEF Seniors Housing, the largest provider of seniors subsidized independent and supportive living in Alberta serving over 3,000 seniors.
Raymond is a Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years of business experience in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He has been involved in the Seniors Housing Industry since 1997. He is the Past President of the Alberta Public Housing Administrators’ Association.
Raymond is passionate about positively influencing seniors’ quality of life.
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~ Winston Churchill
Doug Mills was born in Winnipeg, grew up in Montreal and came to Alberta in 1975. Doug lives in Edmonton with his wife Trish and has three children. After College Doug worked in the Hospitality Industry including management of hotels, hotel chains, restaurant chains and contracted foodservices prior to entering the seniors’ supportive living industry. He and his partners at Connecting Care have been involved in Seniors Management with supportive living projects since 1994. Doug’s organization provides contracted foodservices to 800 people a day including home meal production and delivery and management of 1,350 supportive living suites in Alberta and British Columbia. Doug is active in the governance of Connecting Care, Points West Living and Housing Organizations. Doug’s previous Board experience includes The Jaycees and Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta Board Executive. With ASCHA Doug has participated in Formal Arrangements in Supportive Living Committee, Health Care Aide Education Steering Committee and the Health Services Committee. Doug enjoys time with family, camping and hiking throughout Alberta.
is a Senior Executive and scholar with more than 30 years as a CEO, President, and Director primarily of oil and gas corporations, both public and private. He has participated in all categories of public oil and gas company duties at the management and board levels, including operations, reserves, operational health and safety, audit, compensation and governance.
Kelly is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary. His thesis defense is expected mid-2014.
Kelly has served on Silvera’s Board of Directors since November 2012; formerly as a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Governance Committee from 2010 – 2012, and presently as Chair of the Governance Committee. In his first year as a Silvera Board Member, Kelly orchestrated a dinner meeting with Municipal Affairs Minister Hughes, and maintains being well connected in provincial and federal government circles.
Some of Kelly’s career highlights and achievements include:
Has given numerous presentations to various sized groups as both an industry executive and as a scholar
Participated in the securing and disbursement of >$1Billion in seed capital and funding
Developed an academic energy policy and strategy paper for the proposed creation of an Alberta advocacy and branding presence in California.
Kelly is a strong supporter of all vulnerable populations, particularly in housing needs. He believes it is his life’s work continuing to champion for seniors’ needs, ensuring seniors have safe and affordable housing with the right care supports, and quality of life regardless of income brackets. Having grown up in small-town Saskatchewan, he appreciates that this is both an urban and rural issue, and recognizes the need for supportive government and communities.
As with any business, sustainability is necessary for the long term. Kelly brings a strong view on making sure that those working in the sector are supported and have what is needed to best serve the needs of an ever-growing and complex population.
“We need to get ahead of the demographic curve that is seniors’ care in Alberta. I’m committed to supporting the hard working staff and the organizations that serve Alberta seniors and I would like to participate in ASCHA to support them and to help foster support to meet the needs of seniors.”
Stan Fisher is the President and CEO of St. Michael’s Health Group. Stan holds a Master’s degree of Science in Education from Bemidji State University (Minnesota, USA) and a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from George Williams College (Chicago, Illinois, USA). He also has a Professional Manager Designation from the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM P. Mgr.)
Stan has worked in a variety of different leadership and management positions. He has been the President and CEO of Chrysalis, an Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities, the Executive Director of the Wild Rose Foundation, an Alberta Government Lottery Funded foundation providing grant funds in Alberta, the Branch Director of Provincial Recreation and Sport, to mention but a few.
Stan has served on the boards of the Seniors Housing Society of Alberta, Winnifred Stewart Association for the Mentally Handicapped, the Continuing Care Safety Association, Board of Governors of Lakeland College for 6 years, and was a member of the Alberta Automobile Insurance Board for 2 years.
Stan is married to Gail Fisher and they have a son and a daughter. He is also a proud grandparent.
was born in the rural farming community of Rivers, Manitoba and came to Edmonton as a youth. After graduating from nursing in 1987, Karen worked in the hospital in orthopedic surgery and palliative care. When Karen switched to a managerial role, she found herself in one of Edmonton’s largest Home Care agencies as a Program Supervisor serving over 1000 seniors in the community.
Where Karen found her true career love and passion was in Senior’s Housing. Starting as a General Manager in Edmonton for Chartwell Retirement Residences she was quickly promoted in 2006 to Director of Regional Operations, serving the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. With this current position, Karen has come to understand and advocate for solving the challenges that Seniors Housing and its residents face, not only in rural and urban Alberta, but all of Western Canada.
Karen has served with ASCHA on the Supportive Living (without contract) Committee in 2012 and is currently a member of the ASCHA Member Priority Committee since September of 2013; the latter dealing with issues that need to be addressed by the ASCHA Executive and the Board.
Having been with Chartwell Retirement Residences for 9 years, her position, as Director Regional Operations has allowed Karen to become known for a strategic and focused approach, with accolades for limiting risk, creating focused teams, establishing creative strategies for optimizing internal operations, financial returns and external customer service. Karen understands the day-to-day challenges of operating sites and the need for supportive community involvement and government interaction for all levels of senior’s housing. The role of Director of Regional Operations is one that Karen has embraced with great pride and success and she looks forward to bringing those same values, goals and vision to ASCHA.
Arlene Adamson became CEO of Silvera for Seniors (formerly MCF Housing for Seniors) in June 2011. Her job is to oversee all aspects of Silvera, including the implementation of its strategic plan.
She has spent 27 years in Calgary’s non-profit sector, including 10 years at the YWCA of Calgary. As its Chief Operating Officer, she reinstated and reinvigorated the YWCA’s fund-development and communications departments, and helped the organization win an Alberta’s Top 50 Employer Award.
She has also served as National Manager of Corporate Development for the Canadian Cancer Society, Manager of Revenue Development at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and spent five years as general manager of the Calgary Winter Festival.
Arlene is currently co-chair of the Seniors and Special Populations Sector Housing Committee and is on the steering committee for the province’s Housing Access Link.
Now with Silvera for Seniors she hopes to increase support to lower income seniors helping them have a stronger voice and the promise of a quality of life that ensures independence and dignity.
Sharon Purvis is the General Manager of the Eau Claire Retirement Residence in Calgary, AB. Sharon was born in Yorkshire, England, and immigrated to Canada after completing school. She has a business background having been a Logistics instructor and auditor for the Canadian Armed Forces and an Operations Manager for high-tech companies. Changing the focus of her talents, the ability and opportunity to provide quality services to seniors in Alberta has become her career and consequently her passion. She supports and leads a team of 150 employees and contributes to many organizations such as the Studies in Aging program at Mount Royal University, the Alzheimer's Society and the Alberta Association of Gerontology.
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope". Winston Churchill
Geoff Olsen Profile coming soon.
Renate Sainsbury took her B.A. Rec. Admin. (Major in Special Pops) degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB from 1979-1981. She has held various positions from travel manager, recreation director, recreation therapist and small business owner.
From 1983 to July 1995 she was responsible for setting up therapeutic recreation programs at the Misericordia Hospital in various areas as pediatrics, psychiatry, long term care and geriatric assessment.
Renate has also set up and operated two group homes for seniors/special needs individuals called Lifestyle Options Inc. in 1993. They offered 24 hours care/support and allowed individuals to live in the community as independently as possible.
In 1996 Ken Ferchoff and Renate Sainsbury brought their vision to provide quality affordable housing for senior citizens to reality when construction started on Lifestyle Options Whitemud and since then, they have completed three additional buildings, Lifestyle Options Terra Losa, Lifestyle Options Riverbend, and Lifestyle Options Leduc, with ambitious plans for many more locations throughout the City of Edmonton and throughout Alberta.
Renate has been involved in numerous Boards that look at senior’s issues relating to quality of life. She also chaired a community health council looking at grass roots solutions to healthcare.
She as also been involved with the University of Alberta in setting up a Therapeutic Recreation Course and has taught the RLS (T.R.) Course. She has been involved is numerous presentations as it relates to aging. Renate has published research on Life Satisfaction and the Elderly.
She was a founding member of the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association and has held various board, chapter and committee positions.
Renate’s philosophy in life is “Live your life to the fullest, strive to be the very best you can, when one door closes another opens and have lots of love and laughter in your life”.
Position to be filled
Profile coming soon.
comes to ASCHA as the current Mayor of Girouxville - a position she has held since 1998. In 2013, she was appointed to the Heart River Housing Board and as a representative of Alberta’s seniors housing providers, Carmen is dedicated to making very sure every Albertan has the opportunity to be housed safely. She is a firm believer in regional cooperation and supports any endeavor that makes the communities the best they can be.
Carmen has lived in Northwest Alberta all her life. She was born in Girouxville and moved on to Fairview when she got married. She lived in Fairview and the surrounding area for over twenty years. During this time she was a member and chair of many committees and organizations including the Figure Skating Club, the Economic Development Board, the Adult Lifelong Learning Board and the local Women’s Shelter. Her municipal career started in I D 21 (now Clear Hills County) as an advisory council member and she was eventually elected to Fairview Town Council. After being appointed to the North Peace Seniors Housing Board, she became interested in seniors issues and housing though her municipal responsibilities. Carmen continues to grow her experience in this area and looks forward to serving on the ASCHA Board this year.
Scott Garner was born and raised in Taber, AB and currently resides in Okotoks, AB. He is married and has seven children and fifteen grandchildren.
Scott is an employee with Syncrude Canada ltd. where he spent 10 years as a senior audit. He is currently an Area Team Leader with Syncrude’s Project Development and Execution Major Projects Division, specializing in business control and contract management.
Scott has extensive background in areas of board governance and community service.
Scott has a passion for the development of sound public policy to ensure seniors in Alberta are provided with quality housing, appropriate care in a safe setting with dignity and choices.