The ESCC Board of Directors is responsible for effectively governing the organization through strategic decision-making, policy-setting, and financial accountability. The Board includes representatives from senior-serving and supportive organizations as well as members at large. Board members act as stewards, monitoring and drawing attention to important issues of concern to Edmonton’s seniors. The Board is accountable to ESCC members, stakeholders, and the broader community. The Board oversees the Executive Director to act as the operational leader.
Executive Members of the Board
Dr. Anwar Haq
Supportive organization: Rocky Mountain House Primary Care Network
Anwar has experience as executive director of several health institutes and was most recently Executive Director of the Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness. He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology, MBA, and Masters in Public Policy.
His interests include financial sustainability, relationship building, and collaboration. Anwar is currently Co-Chair of Age Friendly Edmonton and has extensive experience on boards and committees as both a professional and volunteer.
Senior serving organization: Seniors United Now (SUN)
Sushila's experience includes work with the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Alberta Human Rights Commission. She started and managed Samy Consulting, a human resource consulting business specializing in human rights, diversity and equity. Sushila holds a Certified Human Resources Professional designation as well as BA in Political Science and Economics. Her areas of interest include seniors, newcomer seniors and isolation, seniors’ transportation, and ageism.
Senior serving organization: Canterbury Foundation
Wendy is the Executive Director of Canterbury Foundation. She has over 35 years of accounting, business, managerial and governance experience. She 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.
During her career, she has been responsible for leading the operations of affordable and market supportive living sites and providing strategic, operational and financial direction and support for continuing care programs including long term care, end of life, designated supportive living, adult day support and home care.
Wendy collaborates through engagement and governance in organizations and associations within the sector to advocate and bring about needed change and quality improvement to community social services, seniors care and housing.
Senior serving organization: Edmonton Seniors Centre
Yasmin is an organized individual who is both creative and innovative. Her business background and broad understanding of diversity and multiculturalism is an asset to volunteer work.
Yasmin has extensive experience pioneering new initiatives that provide a holistic and age-friendly approach. As a natural diplomat, Yasmin excels in partnering with other institutions and organizations. At the heart of everything that Yasmin does is her vision and values of respect, engagement and inclusion.
Member at Large
Although retired from paid work, Mary maintains registration as a nurse with diverse experience in acute care, rehabilitation and health promotion. She holds certification as a Gerontological Nurse coupled with extensive training and Gerontology background.
Mary’s current focus is on facilitating a stronger community-based network of senior services with cross sectoral collaborations. She has been involved with Age Friendly Edmonton for many years and has served on the board of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council since 2016.
In addition to her B.Sc. in Nursing, Mary holds a BA in Fine Arts and is active provincially and federally in societies of artists. She is an enthusiastic individual with a good sense of humour and a strong work ethic.
Directors of the Board
Senior serving organization: Mill Woods Seniors Association
Ratna holds a BA with majors in Economics, Political Science and Public Administration. She also holds an Accounting Diploma and certification as a Systems Analyst. Her work experience includes twenty-seven years with Legal Aid Alberta in their Information Technology department as a Manager-System Analyst.
Ratna has been an active volunteer since the age of twelve. Ratna recently served on the Board of the Mill Woods Seniors Association (MWSA) for five years, two of which as the Board Secretary.
She is currently the President of the Indo Canadian Women’s Association, Secretary for the South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA), and Vice-Chair of the ESCC Board.
Ratna is a great ambassador for seniors when it comes to diversity and inclusion. She chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for MWSA for four years and is now Deputy Chair.
Member at Large
Carleen holds a BScN in nursing and a Masters in Health Service Administration. She is currently Director of the Palliative Care Institute. Carleen is interested in community care, palliative care, compassionate communities, and collaboration and has personal experience as a caregiver. She has experience with grant writing and has worked on national, provincial, and local committees.
Senior serving organization: North Edmonton Seniors Association (NESA)
Marilyn is a life-long learner and has been an active volunteer for her entire adult life. Marilyn was an Occupational Health and Safety professional for 40 years and held leadership positions both in her employment as well as her volunteer professional association. She returned to university in her 50’s to pursue a BA with a major in Psychology to better understand individual behaviours around health and safety in the workplace. Upon retirement, Marilyn became a member of NESA (North Edmonton Seniors Association) and joined the NESA board.
Supportive organization: Alberta Abilities Lodges Society
Paul has a strong background in the areas of media and marketing. His chief accomplishment in media is his successful delivery of a full hour news program to Cantonese viewers in Alberta. In addition to his media acumen, Paul is a passionate advocate for seniors and has previously succeeded in establishing a housing and care facility for seniors in Edmonton.
Paul has been employed as a producer, program host and director in television and radio. Paul also has worked as the Manager of the Edmonton Chinese Seniors Lodge and is currently the Project Director and Owner of his own small business.
Paul’s education includes a BA in Psychology, specialized training for a Site Management Certification in Seniors’ Housing and an Elders’ Planning Counselor credential. Paul has an extensive background in public involvement with the Edmonton Chinese Lions Club, Chinese community, Indigenous community, seniors programs, sport club, and barrier free nature centre Coyote Lake Lodge.
Senior serving organization: Sage Seniors Association
Christopher received a BSc in Pharmacy in 2001 and is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Initial Access Prescriber. He is Pharmacy Manager at Betterlife IDA and Clinical Pharmacist in the Sage Medical Clinic. He is also a preceptor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and has prior experience with Assisted Living and Long-Term Care.
He is interested in client-focused care, advocacy for seniors, education and encouraging discussion about seniors’ choices, and finding ways to connect physicians and Primary Care Networks with seniors without barriers. Christopher is driven to advance public health, sustainability and encourage independent decision making.
Dr. Sheree Kwong See
Member at Large
Sheree is a Canadian expert on the psychology of aging and professor of psychology at the University of Alberta. She conducts research on cognitive aging and the development and impact of age stereotyping and ageism in real world contexts. She is an award-winning teacher and administrator who is often asked to speak publicly on research and seniors issues.
In her almost 30-year career working with and for seniors, Sheree has contributed to a wide range of initiatives supporting the health and wellbeing of seniors. In 2016, she was appointed by the Government of Alberta to serve as the Alberta Seniors Advocate. She served until 2019.
Sheree joined the Board of the ESCC in 2020 and contributes expertise in aging and a provincial perspective on seniors’ services from her experience as the Alberta Seniors Advocate.
Member at Large
Throughout his professional career, Eric volunteered in various community-based programs. Following his 2007 retirement, he obtained a Bachelor of Social Work Degree.
Eric has served on governance boards of non-profits, government agencies, and trade associations. Additionally, Eric has ample experience initiating and serving on the steering committees of a number of on-going volunteer community projects.
Eric’s efforts are primarily focused on the areas of marginalized seniors, sexual/gender minority populations, and at-risk and in-care youth.
Supportive organization: The Compassion Network
Elvis is the Owner/General Manager of The Compassion Network. He is passionate about caregiving, nursing and support services for clients of all
ages; expanding business into Calgary; and the importance of integration of care with community supports for higher quality of life.
His educational credentials include a BComm from the University of Alberta and Health Care Aide from NorQuest College. Elvis gained experience with governance, funding and fiscal sustainability, and advocacy as President and board member for Drive Happiness Seniors Association. He has also served as a member of the communications committee for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and has experience in volunteer management as a committee member for Alberta Diabetes Foundation.
Ex-Officio Members of the Board
Ex-Officio - City of Edmonton representative
ESCC Staff Team
The Executive Director advises the Board on policy matters and provides regular updates. Acting under the direction of the Executive Director, the ESCC staff team is responsible for the day-to-day work of the organization and advising the Board in its decision-making. In executing operational functions, engaging stakeholders, and facilitating coordination in the sector, the ESCC staff team supports the Board of Directors in realizing its strategic vision.
ESCC's staff team is outlined below. To contact a staff member, you may:
- Phone: call ESCC's main line at 780-423-5635 (extensions to individual staff members are listed below).
- Email: write us at email@example.com. Your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate staff member.
- Sheila Hallett (Executive Director)
- Rosalie Gelderman (Project Coordinator)
- Caroline Gee (Age Friendly Community Connector)
- Asheika Sood (Project Manager - Coordinated Seniors Outreach)
- Megan Lala (Communications Specialist)
- Angela Keller (Communications Coordinator)
- Krista Mulbery (Project Manager - Social Prescribing)
- Gaylene Manuel (Administrative Specialist)
Age Friendly Community Connector
Project Manager - Coordinated Seniors Outreach
Megan joined ESCC in the spring of 2022 and brings an expertise of visual communications, social media management, and writing.
Angela joined ESCC in the fall of 2022. She brings expertise in incorporating participatory communication practices into strategic communication planning and development. She is interested in supporting engagement among ESCC members!
Project Manager - Social Prescribing
Krista Mulbery has recently joined the team at ESCC as the Social Prescribing Project Manager. Formerly Acting Executive Director at ElderCare Edmonton, Krista began working in recreation and wellness over 15 years ago and is a dedicated advocate for seniors’ health and wellness. Through her work, Krista has seen firsthand the benefits of social interaction, exercise, cognitive and leisure programs for seniors, and recognizes the vital impacts that community-based seniors serving organizations and healthcare teams provide in enhancing wellness, independence and overall health.