Board of Directors

President

Raymond Swonek
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Raymond is the Chief Executive Officer of GEF Seniors Housing (GEF), the largest provider of seniors’ subsidized independent and supportive living in Alberta, serving over 3,500 seniors. Raymond is a Chartered Accountant and has over 30 years of business experience in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He has been involved in the Seniors Housing Industry since 1997.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Public Housing Administrators’ Association for ten (10) years.

Raymond is passionate about positively influencing seniors’ quality of life.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~ Winston Churchill

Vice-President North Region

Jackie McCuaig
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I am very proud and excited about embarking on this new journey with so many people who have such passion about their community and our beloved seniors.

I live where I was raised. I have spent my entire life (minus 5 years) on the same quarter section of land my husband and I subdivided 3 acres from my parents in 1992. I have two beautiful daughters, who are grown now, and we have been blessed with a wonderful grandson.

I was lucky to be within close proximity to my grandparents and great grandparents during my life, and have learned the true value of our seniors first-hand. Our children, as well as our grandson, get to enjoy the same family dynamic.

I was elected to Parkland County Council in 2013, and am a board member of the Meridian Foundation, which has brought me to this position.

I have been a volunteer in my community for many years and love to work with people for a purpose.

My husband and I have been in business since 1998. We are the owners of Doug the Carpenter and Spruce it up Promotions.

I am passionate about community and believe we get what we give.

North Region Director

Wendy King
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Wendy King, a CPA, CMA with over 30 years of accounting, business and management experience, has been serving seniors in the continuing care sector since 2001 through the development and operation of publicly funded and private not for profit seniors’ residences. Commencing as the Director of Business Development for St. Michael’s Health Group and then later as the Director of Finance and Administration, she was responsible for the operations of 5 supportive living sites, including one funded under the Private Non-Profit program with the provincial government. She provided operational support and financial direction for the organization including funded programs such as long term care, designated supportive living, adult day support and home care as well as provided oversight of the physician clinic and mobile x-ray services. Through this affiliation, Wendy chaired the joint planning committee with SAGE, City of Edmonton, Servus Credit Union and Alberta Seniors to present the first Elder Abuse Forum in Alberta, bringing together professionals from across Canada to speak on the issue of elder abuse to an audience of 250.

She joined Canterbury Foundation, a charitable organization in Edmonton, as Executive Director in 2012. Canterbury provides independent living, supportive living and memory care to over 310 residents and is funded through AHS Home Living for personal care. The organization is well known for its high quality of services and person centered approach provided by a team of 170 staff including 24/7 RN’s and HCA’s.

Wendy has been active in the continuing care and seniors housing sectors for several years providing board leadership with the Seniors Housing Society of Alberta, Alberta Association on Gerontology Association and now with Alberta Seniors Communities Housing Association. She has also participated on committees, forums and working groups with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services with a view to bringing positive change for continuing care.

North Region Director

Heather Tait
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First I’d like to say thank you to ASCHA members who voted for me as Director of the North Region, it is with gratitude and enthusiasm that I can be of service in this capacity. I am passionate to be part of a unified framework of compassionate people who are proactive, engaged and strongly committed to enhancing senior’s quality of life.

I was very fortunate to have both sets of grandparents as well as, a tight bond with my Great-Grandmother. I learned at the knee of my elders to appreciate, value and respect senior’s contributions to our country, community and family.

My philosophy - everyone deserves to retain their uniqueness it’s what makes us all who we are. Seniors truly thrive when they are valued, supported, engaged, honoured, have choice, enjoy a wholesome, vibrant lifestyle and continue to have a life purpose.

For 23 years I have been an active supporter and ‘voice’ for seniors. I have a reputation that seniors can count on me to assist them in productive ways that get results.

Over the years I’ve acquired a diverse skillset and look forward to having the opportunity to utilize my experience in: government, administration, non-profits, health and safety, business management, marketing and development of policies and procedures.

 

Currently:

 

Serving as Mayor, Village of Andrew (Guided the Village of Andrew to be debt free for the first time in 19 years)

Working partnership/relationships with Municipal, County, Provincial and Federal Governments

Board Member for Lamont County Senior Housing Foundation

Board Member for Rural Senior Transportation

Board Member of FCSS (Family Community Support Services)

Chair of LCREDI (Lamont County Regional Economic Development Initiative)

Founding member of ‘Friends Of The Lodge’ (Andrew)

Introduced and facilitated a Tai-Chi program for seniors - the first of its kind in Canada for falls prevention - The University of Alberta Falls and Prevention Program

Longtime advocate for seniors, ‘a voice in a supportive role for seniors in need’ 


I’m optimistic that my experience and energy can make positive contributions towards improving the lives of seniors.


Favorite quote -“I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together”- John Whittier
  

Vice-President Central Region

James Nibourg
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So as we embark on a new journey with this new governance model and a new board, the sky is the limit for ASCHA.  We are in very exciting times.

So a little about myself…my lovely wife Lori-Anne is a Registered Nurse working in Stettler. We have raised four awesome and very busy children. I was born and raised in the Erskine / Stettler area ( central Alberta). I learned to get along with others as I was the youngest of eight, and there was lots of discussion and, okay, arguing along the way. We did learn that respect is important and that a strong sense of volunteering is great because a community is what you make it. After graduating from high school in Stettler, I moved away to follow work in small towns all around Alberta, always comparing them to the Stettler area. Fifteen years ago we moved back home. Now we live just south of Erskine, raising purebred sheep, chickens and our kids. I have now owned and operated East Central Auto Recyclers for the last ten years. My many experiences with different volunteer groups and businesses have given me the tools and talents {I hope} to meet the challenges of being your voice at the table for the next few years. Please do not hesitate to contact me and let me know what you are thinking. I truly look forward to serving you. I have been a County of Stettler councilor for four years and with that, one of my roles has been with the County of Stettler Housing Authority where I am currently Chair.

I do believe we are in the people business. Every day we interact with people.  How we deal with people is a lot of how we deal with issues. I would like to think I keep the people important, which keeps the issues important. Any time you would like to talk about an issue that is important to you, give me a shout, text, email, twitter, phone or just a coffee I will make time. I can always find time between shearing sheep, towing junk, or coaching.

Remember:  "You can easily judge the character of a someone by how they treat those who can do nothing for them."

Central Region Director

Brandy Fredrickson
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Brandy Fredrickson was elected to Drayton Valley Town Council in 2015. She attend university in Edmonton and holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Psychology and Economics. Post university experience has led her to the education sector, the non-profit sector and most recently public service. For a number of years Brandy worked in the local school system delivering mental health education to students. Programming included preventative strategies and coping tools. As a believer in life long learning Brandy sought out a very different line of work and found it as Executive Director with the Drayton Valley Community Foundation. During her time as Executive Director the foundation’s assets nearly doubled. This role was just the learning opportunity Brandy was looking for as a staff of one she was responsible for communications, finance, fundraising, and event planning. While with the foundation an opportunity presented itself in terms of a municipal by-election. Being keenly aware of local politics Brandy felt the timing was right and with the support of the community she put her name into the race and was successful. As a Town Councillor Brandy is a Director on the Brazeau Seniors Foundation in Drayton Valley as well as numerous other committees. Brandy is proud and excited to be elected to the Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association Board of Directors.

Vice -President South Region Director

Arlene Adamson, CIHCM
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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.

Her background in the non-profit sector spans 25 years, 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.

South Region Director

Gordon Simpson
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Gordon Simpson comes to the ASCHA Board as a representative of the Newell Foundation, where he enjoys his role as Director.  The Newell Foundation serves five municipalities that have come together to provide housing for the area.  Gordon is also a county councilor in the County of Newell and is the Chair of the Newell County Municipal Planning Commission.  Gordon graduated from SAIT in 1979 with a diploma in Chemical Engineering and spent 10 years working in oil and gas exploration, living all over Alberta until settling in his current home of Tilley, Alberta where he operates the family ranch.  Gordon was elected as ASCHA’s South Region Director in June 2015.  He has been married to his wife Cindy for 25 years, and together they have one daughter.

South Region Director

Al Brander
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I was born in The Netherlands and arrived with my immigrant parents in 1953 and later moved to Calgary in 1958. I completed my high school education and also met my wife, Trynette, there. We have four adult sons, four daughters-in-law, 9 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  

 

My entire working career was with Canadian Pacific Railway for 37 years, starting in Calgary as a Machinist Apprentice and completing my career as the Manager of Technical Training, Mechanical Services for all Canadian and US operations.   I worked in various positions in Calgary, Nelson, BC, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal; retiring in Calgary in 1999.

 

After retirement Trynette and I enjoyed travelling and also began to volunteer annually at Camp Rehoboth (camp serves clients with developmental disabilities), I served Shalem Society for Senior Citizens Care (Calgary) as a Board member and also as President of the Board. I volunteered regularly at Habitat for Humanity sites and Trynette and I also frequently volunteered with World Renew to rebuild homes destroyed by natural disasters.

 

In 2006 we moved to High River and quickly became involved with various activities as volunteers; myself on the Police Committee and Sheppard Family Park. In October, 2010 I ran successfully in the municipal election and was appointed as their representative to the Board of Westwinds Communities. My term as Councillor was completed in 2013 and I remained on the WWC Board and became the Chairman of the Board and continue to serve as such to date.

South Region Alternate

Lauren Ingalls
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With a background in economic development and a bachelor of commence, Lauren Ingalls has worked exclusively in the seniors and social housing industry for over twenty years with four different agencies as the Executive Director ranging from 78 units to 1,500 units in the Calgary area.

 

In May 2011, Lauren joined Westwinds Communities as the Executive Director hoping to remain active in this dynamic industry while achieving more life balance with her growing family.

 

Lauren’s first exposure to ASCHA was in November 1993 at the annual convention, which was hosted in a very cold Grande Prairie where a lively three hour annual general meeting took place with the primary purpose of determining if ASCHA should hire an executive director. As they say the rest is history.

 

Lauren currently participates as a committee member on a working group of ASCHA and APHAA, is a past former ASCHA board member, and has enjoyed presenting to sector professionals on not for profit governance and new CAO orientation.

 

Lauren is happily married to Greg and they have two children in elementary school. Her spare time is spent chauffering and cheering on her kids in the endless amount of activities they involve themselves in and walking our new puppy.

Member at Large

Cindy Rota
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Cindy Rota has worked at Whitehorn Village since 2002. She has skillfully lead the team as General Manager since 2005. She has served on several boards and advisory committees both regionally and provincially. Cindy contributes to many organizations such as Gerontology studies at Mount Royal University, and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Cindy received her LPN certification in 1983 and went on to become a graduate of Mount Royal University’s Gerontology Program. She received the Norville-York Scholarship for academic achievement and contributions to seniors in Calgary.

Cindy has over 25 years’ experience working with Alberta Seniors. In 2004 Cindy was one of the founding contributors for the Alberta Health Regions pilot project for the DAL program in Calgary. She sat on the board to write the Standards for Assisted Living when there were none in place. Ensuring that all seniors receive the highest level of care and housing is of upmost importance to Cindy. She is also a former board member of ASCHA and is excited to return and continue the important work of the association.

Member at Large

Judy MacLachlan
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"Judy MacLachlan is now retired from active legal practice in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto, after a varied career in private practice, consulting and as corporate counsel.  Her extensive board experience has been limited to the non-profit sector, primarily in governance.  She is currently a newly-appointed member of the board and governance committee, and a past member of the finance committee, of Silvera for Seniors, in Calgary.  Judy previously served 6 years as an elected representative to the University of Calgary Senate and is currently a member of the board of the Nickle Galleries and a member of the advisory council of the Calgary Institute of the Humanities, both at the University.  She has also served 6 years as city council-appointed member of the board of Calgary Arts Development, and as its representative on the Calgary Public Arts Board.  Her previous board work included various executive board positions with Ronald McDonald House Calgary (now Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta), the Calgary Horticultural Society, and her community association board and various school council roles.  She is particularly interested in seniors housing and community issues as her own mother moves through various stages of care.  She is delighted to share the journey with dedicated, like-minded ASCHA board members."